Florida district rejects $100K pay plan as schools work to hire teachers
The big story: Florida officials have made improving teacher pay an important component of recruiting and retaining teachers during a time when vacancies are up and applications are down.
The Brevard County school district recorded 212 teacher resignations and retirements over the summer, for example. District officials are looking into the reasons behind the departures, Florida Today reports.
One Broward County School Board member proposed giving teachers in his district raises of nearly $20,000, to make compensation packages of $100,000, as a way to help them afford the costs of living in south Florida. His colleagues expressed support for the idea.
But they narrowly rejected the proposal, with the board chairperson calling it “too aggressive, too fast and too broad.” Read more from the Miami Herald.
Social media: Florida schools are preparing to implement the state’s new ban on TikTok on district networks, platforms and devices, WCTV reports.
New rules: Alachua County teachers attended training on the implications of new state rules relating to instruction about gender and sex. Several questions went unanswered, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The Marion County School Board is considering updates to its student code of conduct, including a rule allowing self defense on campus, WCJB reports.
Budgets: Bay County School Board officials say a 16% budget increase does not necessarily translate into new programs, as the district will spend much of the added money on growth related expenses, WJHG reports. • Alachua County School Board members said rising costs can eat up added revenue, and called on administrators to present more detailed budget plans, Main Street Daily News reports.
Book challenges: The Leon County School Board unanimously decided to keep the book “I Am Billie Jean King” in elementary schools, following a hearing officer’s recommendation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. A parent complained that the book discussed the tennis legend’s sexual orientation.
African American history standards: Political advisor William B. Allen of Fernandina Beach is taking a lead role in defending Florida’s new African American history standards, which he helped write. The Florida Times-Union takes a look at Allen’s role. • State Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat recently appointed to the commissioner’s African American History Task Force, is distancing herself from some of the newly adopted standards, Florida Politics reports. • Reactions to the standards continue to emerge across the state, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Some political pundits say the dispute could affect Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential ambitions, WFLA reports.
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Florida Polytechnic University president Randy Avent is stepping down. The school did not detail its process for finding a successor, News Service of Florida reports. Searches at other universities, most recently Florida Atlantic University, have become embroiled in controversy.
From the police blotter … A Palm Beach County school principal and four other staff members were arrested on allegations of failing to report sexual assaults against a student, the Palm Beach Post reports. state law requires educators to report suspected abuse, WPTV reports.