Florida schools seek more teachers and staff

The big story: As the school year winds down, Florida districts are turning their attention to the next one, which is only two months away.

One of the main goals: to make sure that they have enough people working as teachers, assistants and all the other necessary positions to provide the children with their education and related services.

It is not always an easy task.

Just this week, the Pinellas and Pasco school districts announced new pay plans for some of their workers as a way to attract applicants. Retention is also key, as Volusia County officials noted as they began an effort to fill nearly 700 openings, WKMG reports.

The Palm Beach County School District has been having trouble finding enough nurses for all of its schools. Still, the district cut pay for its school nurses despite those difficulties, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Orange County teachers said increasingly poor student behavior is a top reason they are leaving their jobs. They are trying to find solutions, reports WFTV.

Current issues

Book Challenges: As Florida schools face increasing numbers of objections to books, districts in Flagler and Volusia counties have adopted opt-in policies that allow books to remain on shelves while they are reviewed, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Charter schools: An Okaloosa County charter high school is creating a new senior administrative position to help manage its rapid growth as the school faces allegations of financial mismanagement, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

graduation season: Some seniors at an Escambia County high school were prevented from participating in their graduation ceremony because they were wearing the wrong type of shoes, WEAR reports.

Superintendents: Twenty candidates have applied for the Sarasota County superintendent job, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Marion County superintendent received a strong board performance evaluation of her, reports WCJB.

Taxes: Florida will have two back-to-school sales tax holidays, one in July and one in January, as part of a tax package enacted Thursday, Florida Politics reports.

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