Monday, September 17, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Pinellas County School Board approves $1.5 billion budget, lower tax rate

Pinellas County School Board approves $1.5 billion budget, lower tax rate

Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday unanimously approved a $1.5 billion budget including a tax rate decrease for the 2018-19 school year.The new rate is $6.73 for every $1,000 of taxable property value, a drop from last ye...
Published: 09/11/18
Hillsborough approves $3 billion schools budget, and a lower tax rate

Hillsborough approves $3 billion schools budget, and a lower tax rate

TAMPA — With no discussion, the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday adopted a $3 billion budget and a property tax rate that is lower than last year's, reflecting an increase in property values.Homeowners will pay $641.40 for every $100...
Published: 09/11/18
Pasco district officials seek more input on pay plan adjustments

Pasco district officials seek more input on pay plan adjustments

Pasco County school district leaders have touted a plan to have teachers work longer days as a way to get more money into their pockets.Now they're trying to determine how well that idea plays in the field.Superintendent Kurt Browning has recorded a ...
Published: 09/11/18
Florida Board of Education to consider budget request with no change in tax rates

Florida Board of Education to consider budget request with no change in tax rates

One phrase stands out in the guidelines Florida Board of Education members used in developing their 2019-20 legislative budget request, which comes up for adoption Friday:"Include no change in 2018-19 millage rates, tuition or fees."It's an issue tha...
Published: 09/11/18
Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

GAME DAY SECURITY: Fans attending Pasco County high school football games no longer will be able to bring most bags into the stadiums, as the district tightens security after shootings at events in Palm Beach and Duval counties.NEW BLOOD: U...
Published: 09/11/18
Legal challenge of 2017 Pasco school rezoning runs out

Legal challenge of 2017 Pasco school rezoning runs out

An appellate court has killed the vestiges of some west Pasco families' legal challenge of the school district's 2017 attendance zone revisions.The 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday dismissed the case, which questioned whether the School Board f...
Published: 09/10/18
Florida education news: School taxes, security, leadership and more

Florida education news: School taxes, security, leadership and more

TAXES: A growing number of Florida school districts ask their voters to increase local sales or property tax rates to pay for needs that state funding doesn't cover. Ten of 10 requests won approval during the August primary, and more are schedul...
Published: 09/10/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 2, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 2, 2018

Top of the TimesFlorida Supreme Court strikes Amendment 8 from November ballot, Jeffrey S. Solochek"A controversial proposed constitutional amendment that could have significantly altered Florida's public education landscape will not go to voters in ...
Published: 09/08/18
Florida Supreme Court strikes Amendment 8 from November ballot

Florida Supreme Court strikes Amendment 8 from November ballot

TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court charged into Florida's long-running battle over school choice Friday by removing a ballot measure that would have wrested control of charter schools from local districts and given it to the state.Justices, ...
Published: 09/07/18
Principal at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle resigns amid school district investigation

Principal at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle resigns amid school district investigation

LARGO — After a year at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, principal Anthony Francois resigned last week while under investigation by Pinellas County school district.District spokesperson Lisa Wolf declined to comment Friday on the reason fo...
Published: 09/07/18