SECURITY: A task force of Broward County civic officials says the school district isn’t ready to begin classes, and offers recommendations to improve, WPLG reports. • The Lee County school district investigates its first threat of the new year, WBBH reports. • The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission continues its efforts to find ways to make schools safer, WLRN reports. • Monroe County schools add security to their entrances and enhance their visitor system as they prepare for students to return, the Miami Herald reports.
TAX BATTLE: The Jacksonville City Council asks Florida’s attorney general to weigh in on its authority to reject the Duval County School Board’s request to place a sales tax referendum before voters, the Florida Times-Union reports. The city has denied the district’s request to this point. The Times-Union offers a timeline of events in the battle. • A Clay County judge is expected to rule by Friday on whether the Clay School Board may hold a special sales tax referendum, Clay Today reports.
PUBLIC MEETINGS: The Manatee County School Board adds security checks for people attending its meetings, and limits the audience size, after a raucous session regarding the district takeover of a charter school, the Bradenton Herald reports. The dispute over that charter school continues, the Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
ENROLLMENT FIGHT: An Escambia County charter school denies an ex-teacher’s children entry, citing concerns over threats by the former employee, even after a judge rules the school should enroll the children, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Broward County school district’s $800 million school renovation program is now estimated to run $436 million over budget, with few of the 234 projects completed five years after voters approved the spending, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DENIED: The Volusia County school district denies the appeal of a high school principal who was removed amid allegations she gave hundr of students fake AP exams, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DEMOTED: A Santa Rosa high school’s athletic director is demoted over allegations that he misappropriated funds and failed to adequately supervise volunteers, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GETTING THERE: A Sarasota County kindergartner gets on the wrong bus to go home, causing his grandmother to panic, the Charlotte Sun reports. He mistakenly went to his after-school care center rather than to grandma’s house. • Leon County parents demand answers after the school district’s bus system breaks down, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Indian River County School Board hires a national search firm to help find candidates for its superintendent vacancy, TC Palm reports. • Jacksonville’s mayor calls for an elected Duval County superintendent, Florida Politics reports. The City Council’s vice president, a former mayor, calls the idea a non-starter, Florida Politics reports.