Monday, August 13, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 30, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 30, 2018

Students begin returning to Florida schools next week. Teachers have already headed back, and districts are firming up their rules, and making last-minute checks to ensure everyone will be safe and secure. The work never ends.  • Don’...
Published: 08/04/18
Plaintiffs ask for summary judgment in Amendment 8 challenge

Plaintiffs ask for summary judgment in Amendment 8 challenge

Laywers for the group seeking to have Amendment 8 yanked off the November ballot as misleading have asked Leon County Judge John Cooper for a summary judgment in the case.Both parties have agreed to skip discovery, suggesting they see the issues...
Published: 08/03/18
It’s framer vs. framer in Florida’s education equity lawsuit

It’s framer vs. framer in Florida’s education equity lawsuit

The importance of Florida's long-running education equity suit, Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida Board of Education, continues to become more apparent as a spate of heavy hitters join in the battle that's headed to the state Supreme Court.One o...
Published: 08/03/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, online tracking, too much sex education and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, online tracking, too much sex education and more

TEACHER PAY: Fresh off promises to look for money for raises, Pasco County School Board members begin seeking ideas to free up some cash. They're reviewing past conversations and recommendations for possibilities.ONLINE RISKS:...
Published: 08/03/18
Gradebook podcast: Back to school 2018

Gradebook podcast: Back to school 2018

After what many saw as a too short summer break, Florida students are about to head back to classes. They'll find new security measures, programs and services when they arrive. Reporter Jeff Solochek and editor Tom Tobin discuss start times, teacher ...
Published: 08/02/18
News of lead testing catches Hillsborough School Board members off-guard

News of lead testing catches Hillsborough School Board members off-guard

Members of the Hillsborough County School Board said Tuesday that they would have liked to be notified sooner about that the district has been testing school water for lead.Cindy Stuart and Tamara Shamburger said they did not appreciate learning abou...
Published: 08/01/18
Updated: 08/02/18
Do past years offer any insight in what to cut for raises in Pasco?

Do past years offer any insight in what to cut for raises in Pasco?

Saying the district's 2018-19 tentative budget didn't reflect their priority of increasing employee pay, Pasco School Board members this week agreed to look for the money within the plan and, if possible, make cuts to fund better salaries.T...
Published: 08/02/18
Florida education news: Budget cuts, lead tests, fund sharing and more

Florida education news: Budget cuts, lead tests, fund sharing and more

BUDGET CUTS: Hillsborough County school district officials continue to look for ways to trim expenses as they aim to boost reserves. • Polk County School Board members say they are running out of fat to cut from their budget, the Ledger re...
Published: 08/02/18
Pasco School Board to discuss whether to share capital funding with charter schools

Pasco School Board to discuss whether to share capital funding with charter schools

Dayspring Academy, Pasco County's oldest charter school, is seeking to renew its contract for another 15 years.But its leaders worry that they can't keep up its success without added funds to do maintenance and repairs, and improve the classroom spac...
Published: 08/01/18
Pasco School Board members to look for ways to pay employees more

Pasco School Board members to look for ways to pay employees more

Saying they don't want to see more employees leave for other counties, Pasco County School Board members on Tuesday called for new ideas to generate money for raises."This board made salaries a priority this year, and I don't see that reflected ...
Published: 08/01/18