Tuesday, October 09, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

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...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

We've been collecting documents to supplement our reporting about the upcoming Hillsborough sales tax referendum and thought we would share them here. This post will be updated.Facebook Live video of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' first town hall meetin...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Pasco school district progresses on Land O’Lakes High construction, prepares for next projects

Pasco school district progresses on Land O’Lakes High construction, prepares for next projects

The Pasco County school district's two-year, $28.5 million renovation of Land O'Lakes High School has entered its third phase, and is on target for completion in summer 2019.The new construction and redesign has created classroom space for an added 4...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida in top 3 states for English learners, but not among those meeting all federal objectives, report says

Florida in top 3 states for English learners, but not among those meeting all federal objectives, report says

Florida trails only California and Texas in the number of English learners in its schools, according to a recently released federal report detailing 2012-14 date, the most recently available information.But the state was not among those that met...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Florida education news: Hurricane Michael, medical marijuana, school leadership and more

Florida education news: Hurricane Michael, medical marijuana, school leadership and more

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Florida State University closes for the remainder of the week as Hurricane Michael threatens the Panhandle.  Florida A&M University and several school districts announced they would close for at least part of th...
Published: 10/09/18
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
Pasco’s Wesley Chapel High School gets a new principal

Pasco’s Wesley Chapel High School gets a new principal

Eric "Matt" McDermott is slated to become Wesley Chapel High School's new principal.Superintendent Kurt Browning told the School Board of his selection of the Zephyrhills High School assistant principal late Friday. The board still must giv...
Published: 10/08/18
Florida education news: Rebuilding plans, election campaigns, helping hands and more

Florida education news: Rebuilding plans, election campaigns, helping hands and more

REBUILDING: The Hillsborough County school district makes plans to rebuild a community elementary school gutted by fire a year ago. District officials negotiated full insurance coverage for the project.CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The Pasco County ...
Published: 10/08/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 1, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 1, 2018

From the most disturbing trend file — or the stupid kids file, depending on your perspective — Florida students continue to make social media threats against their schools, despite widespread reminders that such actions are a felony. Ther...
Published: 10/06/18
Schools campaign gets less money than transit, but from more donors

Schools campaign gets less money than transit, but from more donors

Which Hillsborough County referendum is more popular, the one for a schools tax or the one for transportation?The big money – read, big sports franchises – is all in for All For Transportation.But, despite getting a later start, Strengthe...
Published: 10/05/18