In an article published in The Orlando Sentinel on April 14th, it is quite evident that Florida's virtual school has been, and still is, in crisis. Former Florida governor Rick Scott, who was also a personal friend, instilled top level authority in prominent Orlando attorney Frank Kruppenbacher. That authority created a clash with the school's top executive, Robert Porter. So much, in fact, that Porter made the decision in August 2018 to launch an investigation into Kruppenbacher's conduct on several levels. In an unexpected turn of events, Robert Porter sadly and very unexpectedly passed away from a sudden heart attack last month.
A high school art teacher at Western High School in Davie, FL has been suspended for three days in connection with a video she showed to her students. The video, which contained images of nude models, has been called suggestive. The classes that viewed it were creative photography classes, and the teacher admitted that she previewed the video before showing it. She knew that it contained nude images.
A federal judge in Fort Myers, FL ordered that a former middle school principal be temporarily reinstated pending the outcome of her case. Collier County Public Schools have decided to return her to a different role titled "administrator on special assignment," rather than her former role of principal at Manatee Middle School. However, her attorney states this could violate the court order.
The Florida Board of Education has proposed a new rule to exempt school social workers from passing a Florida state teacher test, if they hold a state license in social work. The proposed rule change comes after some Florida school social workers lost their jobs due to an inability to pass the teacher test, even though they were non-instructional staff who held higher degrees.
Tuition at many Florida colleges is far from cheap, whether paying in-state or out-of-state rates. However, establishing in state residency means a savings of literally thousands of dollars over the course of a college career. Students who wish to establish such have a strict set of statutes and guidelines that must be met.
A Florida first-grade teacher, though he will not face any official disciplinary measures, has received strong backlash from parents after reading a controversial book to the class. The book was not part of the school curriculum and was not approved by supervisors prior to the reading.
The Palm Beach County School District has proposed that only parents or caregivers be allowed to administer medical marijuana on school property. The proposal comes after the school district was sued in February 2019 by a Royal Palm Beach couple who were unable to leave work and return to the school to administer marijuana medication to their epileptic son during the day. The child is prescribed the medication three times per day to control seizures. However, both parents work 45 minutes away and it was their request for school personnel to administer the pills. The policy is set for vote in April 2019.
A sixth grade student of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, FL is facing misdemeanor charges after an incident that took place in the classroom on February 4th. The student is a black male who was under the supervision of a substitute teacher at the time.
When we think about grade disputes, we often think about students who are unhappy with a teacher's grading decisions. However, there can also be conflicts when teachers are unhappy with a school's policies on grading.
Bullying is one of the most pervasive issues students and teachers face in school today. And whether it is physical, emotional or digital, bullying behaviors have the potential create long-lasting scars for victims.