Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

She moved against one of the most powerful school superintendents in the nation – and won. She championed the rights of Latino students while running afoul of the teachers' union.Now Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes is ...
Published: 06/11/18
Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Amidst tough conversations about how to fund new school safety measures recently required by state, Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano is set to present to the School Board items she thinks should make the cut into the distr...
Published: 06/11/18
Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

MENTAL HEALTH: Davion Only, the St. Petersburg foster kid who pleaded in church for anyone to adopt him, graduates with family looking on, the Tampa Bay Times reports.PARKLAND: Palm Beach County supervisor of elections says nearly 4,000 youth under 2...
Published: 06/11/18
Florida education news: Security officers, new principals and budgeting

Florida education news: Security officers, new principals and budgeting

DISPLEASED PARENT: Parent who has spent nearly two years challenging zoning in Pasco County School District files another complaint, alleging the the School Board inappropriately considered students’ race and socioeconomic status when redrawing...
Updated one month ago
Florida school officials seek clarity on rules for private-school scholarships to bullied students

Florida school officials seek clarity on rules for private-school scholarships to bullied students

Now that private-school scholarships for bullied Florida students are a reality, public school district leaders want to know exactly who will qualify for the available funds.They made clear Wednesday their concerns that the program could be ripe for ...
Updated one month ago
Florida rates poorly in per-student funding, in new Education Week report

Florida rates poorly in per-student funding, in new Education Week report

Critics of Florida's public education funding system got another piece of ammunition Wednesday, as Education Week rated the state's school spending an F alongside 25 other states.The publication, which annually issues a well regarded national rating ...
Updated one month ago
Pasco parent files more complaints against district attendance zone changes

Pasco parent files more complaints against district attendance zone changes

Still dissatisfied with the process and the results, Pasco County parent Jim Stanley has submitted a new set of challenges to the school district's attendance zone revisions.For this round, Stanley focused on federal concerns, contending the Sch...
Updated one month ago
Florida education news: Amendment 8, school safety talks, principal changes and more

Florida education news: Amendment 8, school safety talks, principal changes and more

CHARTERS: Following Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recommendation, Pasco County School Board approves a 5-year contract with a school associated with Florida’s largest charter company, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • After the Palm B...
Updated one month ago
Potter Elementary to change principals

Potter Elementary to change principals

Melanie Hill, who has led Potter Elementary School through some of its most difficult years, is being transferred to the top job at Bing Elementary School.Hill's transfer was one of many on the agenda for approval at Tuesday's meeting of the Hillsbor...
Updated one month ago
Despite reservations, Pasco School Board approves new Academica charter school

Despite reservations, Pasco School Board approves new Academica charter school

A Miami firm seeking to open a charter school in Wesley Chapel encountered some resistance Tuesday from the Pasco County School Board, but ultimately prevailed in its request for a 5-year contract.Pinecrest Academy is associated with Academica, one o...
Updated one month ago