Author: Camille Knox

Book challenges continue, school vouchers are unpaid, student advocacy efforts and more

Book review process: The school board in Brevard spent nearly two weeks debating their public comment policy, prompted by concerns that parents may disregard the book review process to fast-track getting a book off school library shelves through a loophole created by a new law. No changes were made to the[Read More…]

Pay hikes, school replacements, National Blue Ribbon honors, transportation changes and more

Broward: School employees here will be soon receiving bigger paychecks after the school board approved an agreement with workers unions. Under the deal, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, police officers and other school support staff will be paid 5.5% more, at least for the next four years. That’s after the county’s voters[Read More…]

Teacher pay raises and affordable housing sought for educators, books banned and more

Palm Beach: The future of a West Palm Beach private school for students with special needs is uncertain after school officials say they have not received their allotted funding from the state for scholarship students. Mountaineer’s School of Autism has been a cornerstone of the special needs community for years, but[Read More…]

Bathroom law being considered, cameras possible in school zones, grievance filed and more

Around the state: The teachers union in Lee filed a grievance against the school district, a proposal is being floated to set up cameras in some school zones to enforce speed limits and the state Board of Governors will consider a new regulation on Wednesday that would make it a[Read More…]

Back-to-school sales tax holiday starts, new schools, history controversy continues and more

Back-to-school sales tax holiday: As summer winds down, back-to-school shopping is ramping up. Shoppers are now able to get much-needed school items tax-free due to Florida’s sales tax holiday that was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year. The sales tax holiday started Monday and lasts until Aug. 6,[Read More…]

Back-to-school events, history standards stir controversy, mentors needed and more

Around the state: Mentors are needed for a program in Citrus, history standards stir controversy nationwide, a change in plans at the newest high school in Palm Beach, back-to-school giveaways in Duval and Orange and new leadership in Lee. Here are details about those stories and other developments from the[Read More…]

New rules approved by state board, crossing guards sought, professor fired and more

New rules: The Florida Board of Education approved several amendments during a meeting on Wednesday that will impact LBGTQ students. Three amendments and one new rule lay out guidelines to align with recently passed legislation regarding the usage of bathrooms, classroom instruction and admission of minors to adult performances. Two amendments[Read More…]

Recruitment hurdles, leadership changes, sales tax holiday upcoming and more

Around the state: The Florida Board of Education is expected to meet on new rules, leadership changes are afoot in Hillsborough, teacher recruitment is facing hurdles statewide and the sales tax holiday is around the corner. Here are details about those stories and other developments from the state’s districts, private[Read More…]