Florida schools roundup: Common Core, media specialists, enrollment & more

Common Core: The Florida Department of Education is tweeting a Standard of the Day to help the public understand the new Common Core State Standards. The Buzz. More from StateImpact Florida.

florida-roundup-logoMRSA rumor: An Orange County principal quells rumors of a MRSA outbreak at Boone High School when eight football players are sent to doctors because of skin infections. One student is diagnosed with a Staph infection. Orlando Sentinel.

Media specialists: Many Duval County high schools drop the media specialists while many elementary schools opt to have one part-time or full-time. Florida Times-Union.

Enrollment: Fewer students than anticipated are enrolled in Lee County schools. Fort Myers News-Press. The Hernando County School District has implemented a temporary hiring freeze after initial enrollment numbers fell below staff projections. Tampa Bay Times. Enrollment in Pinellas County Schools is down slightly again this year. Tampa Bay Times. Pasco County’s student population is definitely on the rise. Just not as fast as district officials originally thought. Tampa Bay Times.

Eligibility: Hillsborough County School Board Chairwoman April Griffin writes a letter to the Florida High School Athletics Association to reconsider a ruling that a student was ineligible to play sports at Plant High, despite her own district’s similar ruling. The Tampa Tribune. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

An “A” school: Pinellas County’s Lakewood High has never been rated an A before by the state – until now. Tampa Bay Times.

Teacher pay: Pinellas County schools and the local teachers union tentatively agree to provide employees in that bargaining unit with 5 percent across-the-board raises. Tampa Bay Times.

Disaster plans: Florida is among states that lack disaster plans to protect children in school. Associated Press.

Ben Gamla: Ben Gamla Charter School parents are upset after comments by a civic activist renew the debate over whether or not the Broward County public school teaches religion. Sun Sentinel.

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BY Sherri Ackerman

Sherri Ackerman is the former associate editor of redefinED. She is a former correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and reporter for The Tampa Tribune, writing about everything from cops and courts to social services and education. She grew up in Indiana and moved to Tampa as a teenager, graduating from Brandon High School and, later, from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/news editing. Sherri passed away in March 2016.