Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gradebook

Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

It's a quarter of the way through Florida's school year, and some schools continue to grapple with implementation of two key requirements, one new and one old.Leaders remain uncertain of exactly how often to run active shooter drills, required by the...
Published: 10/11/18
Hillsborough school district will sell more land

Hillsborough school district will sell more land

The Hillsborough County School District stands to raise close to $3 million by selling off surplus land in a series of transactions that will come before the School Board on Tuesday.The board already approved a $575,000 deal on an office building in ...
Published: 10/11/18
Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

The personnel file for a Carwise Middle School resource officer who retired amid sexual harassment allegations this week shows a nearly spotless 20-year history with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Deputy Bernard D'Agostino, 52, was hired b...
Published: 10/11/18
Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: ‘If Gillum wins, this bill passes.’

Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: ‘If Gillum wins, this bill passes.’

Florida Sen. Kevin Rader is hopeful that 2019 will be the year his "Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act" passes.The Boca Raton Democrat said he plans to file the bill to increase teachers' minimum salaries to $50,000 for the fourth consecutive time. And he ...
Published: 10/11/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

TEACHER PAY: In the race for Florida governor, Democrat Andrew Gillum proposes lifting teachers' starting pay to $50,000. The idea gains support from people who see educators as underpaid, but raises serious questions about whether it can happen...
Published: 10/11/18
Pasco County charter school seeks 15-year contract extension

Pasco County charter school seeks 15-year contract extension

Athenian Academy of Technology and the Arts has come upon the opportunity to purchase the property it has leased for the past dozen years.To make the deal a reality, though, the Pasco County charter school needs to demonstrate financial stability to ...
Published: 10/10/18
Policy adviser recommends its Florida school district clients not adopt medical marijuana rules

Policy adviser recommends its Florida school district clients not adopt medical marijuana rules

The Florida Legislature's office of policy analysis and government accountability has given the state's 67 school districts to the end of Monday to report how they're dealing with student medical marijuana needs.Neola, the firm several dist...
Published: 10/08/18
Updated: 10/10/18
Pasco School Board to consider asking lawmakers to leave property tax rates alone

Pasco School Board to consider asking lawmakers to leave property tax rates alone

For the past three years, Florida lawmakers have forced local school districts to decrease their local property tax rates so the revenue does not exceed collections from the previous budget cycle.Their rationale has been that any increase&#...
Published: 10/10/18
Florida education news: English language learners, school construction, campaign contributions and more

Florida education news: English language learners, school construction, campaign contributions and more

HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE: Schools in the Tampa Bay Times readership area — Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties — are scheduled to operate as usual as Hurricane Michael approaches the Panhandle. Schools further no...
Published: 10/10/18
On the campaign trail in Hillsborough: Donors get serious about a school board race

On the campaign trail in Hillsborough: Donors get serious about a school board race

The building industry really wants Steve Cona III to join the Hillsborough County School Board. And the same can be said for organized labor and Cona's opponent, Bill Person.The latest financial filings show Cona has topped the $100,000 mark, wh...
Published: 10/09/18