Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

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
Pasco employees PAC takes no sides in School Board race

Pasco employees PAC takes no sides in School Board race

Tiger Pride, the United School Employees of Pasco's political action committee, is again declining to support a candidate in the county School Board election.The group's executive committee recommended one of the two hopefuls seeking to replace ...
Published: 10/05/18
Florida education news: Charter schools, credentials, constitutional amendments and more

Florida education news: Charter schools, credentials, constitutional amendments and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Marcus May, the founder of charter schools in several Florida counties including Hillsborough and Pinellas, is found guilty of using school billing and kickback arrangements to steal millions of dollars. • The Hillsborough...
Published: 10/05/18
Charter operators will go to school

Charter operators will go to school

Want to open a charter school in Hillsborough County?An informational meeting is planned on Thur., Oct. 11, in the school district's Instructional Services center at 2920 N 40th Street in Tampa.The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m."This o...
Published: 10/05/18
Gradebook podcast: Behind Hillsborough’s quest for a school tax

Gradebook podcast: Behind Hillsborough’s quest for a school tax

Hillsborough County, the nation's eighth largest school district, is asking voters to increase local sales taxes in order to help pay for construction and maintenance projects, including much needed air conditioning repairs.But the district face...
Published: 10/04/18
Still no formal opinion on Amendment 8 (but it’s still off the ballot)

Still no formal opinion on Amendment 8 (but it’s still off the ballot)

Want to know the exact reasons why the Florida Supreme Court tossed Amendment 8 off the state's general election ballot, which went out in the mail this week?It's been just shy of a month since the court made its ruling. Yet its formal opin...
Published: 10/04/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, achievement gap, superintendents and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, achievement gap, superintendents and more

TURNAROUNDS: Pasco County's West Zephyrhills Elementary made several dramatic changes a year ago on its way to getting off the state's accountability watch list. This year, the school's goal is to stay off the list. So it has kept many of the in...
Published: 10/04/18
One year in, the plan to close Pinellas’ achievement gap needs a school-level focus

One year in, the plan to close Pinellas’ achievement gap needs a school-level focus

ST. PETERSBURG — The local group that helped Pinellas County schools develop a plan to improve education services for black students by 2027 got its first look Wednesday at how the district is inching toward that goal.During a meeting with dist...
Published: 10/03/18