- A Lawton Chiles Middle School sixth-grader refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
- A substitute teacher criticized him for his action and the argument escalated.
- School officials say the student made threats, and he was arrested on charges of disruption and resisting arrest.
- The student’s mother wants charges dropped.
- School district officials say the substitute teacher wasn’t aware that students can opt out of the pledge and she won’t be teaching at Polk schools any longer.
- Details at Bay News 9
As @PolkSchoolsNews prepares to name a 2019 teacher of the year tonight, @ClaytorReports profiles 2018 Teacher of the Year Michelle Dinwiddie of Lake Gibson High as a @BN9 “A+ Teacher.” #lkld https://t.co/q46KxrKnNQ pic.twitter.com/M2g8xIlMPB
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If you read The Ledger’s Sunday article about Florida Southern College’s off-campus property holdings and wondered where they’re located, there’s a map for that. Assembled by Lake Morton Historic District resident Michael Maguire, the map details the college’s properties by type, purchase value, latest assessment, tax exemptions and more.
A proposal to place three large warehouses southeast of the Florida Polytechnic University campus is drawing criticism from Auburndale city officials, who say it doesn’t fit their vision for a research park by the school. There’s been no reaction yet from the university or the city of Lakeland, whose wishes are to be taken into account under the county’s comprehensive plan.
Florida Southern College owns 58 off-campus properties in Lakeland, most of them in the South Lake Morton neighborhood. Some residents there fear campus encroachment and complain about student behavior, while others view the college and its students as neighbors and part of urban living, Gary White reports. NOTE: The online version has a lot more photos of the houses than the print version.
Another structure that brings a contemporary twist to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Florida Southern College will soon face the Hollingsworth lakefront on the eastern end of the campus. College officials today broke ground on the dramatic Carole and Marcus Weinstein Computer Sciences Center, expected to open in spring 2020. More
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A Southeastern University student checks out one of the Tecnam two-seater aircraft that will be used in a new pilot-training degree program being launched by the university this fall. President Kent Ingle led off a news conference at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport this morning to announce SEU is partnering with International Aero Academy Ltd. for the program designed to fast-track students at a time when aviation is facing severe pilot shortages. Trans State Airlines, a United Airlines operator, will offer graduates of the program an opportunity to transition into its first officer training program. #lkld #aviation
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