GazetteXtra Print Article Logo URL:

Florida education news: Accountability, superintendents, pay raises and more

By Jeff Solochek
Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act incorporated language that some education advocates say violates the word and spirit of the law. A coalition of civil rights organizations, rebuffed when it asked state officials to alter the proposal, has asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject it.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Hernando County School Board agrees to conduct a second district-wide survey to help evaluate superintendent Lori Romano's performance. Its first survey generated questions about its value.

TEACHER PAY: The Pasco County school district makes its salary proposal for teachers,  offering $3.15 million less than the union requested. "Ouch," teacher negotiator Val Smith said. • Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins discusses her county's wage dispute in the latest Gradebook podcast.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A proposal to grant scholarships to bullied public school students faces some pushback as it moves through the House. • A bill to permanently expand the Bright Futures scholarship sails through a Senate committee, the Sunshine State News reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The federal government will provide $2 million to help Florida schools recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, US News & World Report reports. • Island evacuees continue to make their transition into Florida's education system, NPR reports.

STUDENT BUSING: Hillsborough County school transportation officials are investigating why wheels flew off two new school buses while moving, ABC Action News reports.

COMMUNICATION: Marion County School Board members spar with  administration officials over whether adequate information about a construction project was provided, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FUNDING: Volusia County School Board members ask local chamber of commerce leaders to help fight for changes to the state district cost differential education funding formula, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: An Alachua County principal removed over alleged inappropriate comments to students had faced sexual harassment accusations while working in Levy County, the Gainesville Sun reports. • A Polk County teacher resigns as district officials learn of her past problems in other districts, the Ledger reports.