Florida schools roundup: bullying, teacher conduct, eyeball scanners & more

Bullying. Gov. Rick Scott signs the anti-bullying bill into law. Gradebook.

florida roundup logoTeacher conduct. A private school teacher in West Delray is under investigation for allegations of sex with a student, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel. State officials are investigating whether a Collier County teacher verbally abused students, reports the NBC-2. A fired Duval teacher appeals, claiming age discrimination, reports the Florida Times Union.

Gays and lesbians. A federal judge rules in favor of a Lake County middle school student who wants to create a Gay Straight Alliance at her school. Orlando Sentinel.

K-8 schools. Orange County is going to create more of them. StateImpact Florida.

Spelling bee. A home school student from South Florida makes it to the semifinals, reports the Miami Herald. The winner, Arvind Mahankali of New York, is the sixth straight Indian-American to win and the 11th in the last 15 years.

School buses. Polk suspends a pilot program that tracked student comings and goings on buses by scanning their eyeballs. Lakeland Ledger.

Magnet schools. A Lake Wales middle school, not part of that city’s charter network, considers a name change as it becomes part of an integrated K-12 arts program. Lakeland Ledger.

Superintendents. The Lee school board is divided over whether to conduct a national search after just hiring a new super. Fort Myers News Press.