Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gradebook

Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Vouchers for victims? Florida lawmakers debate a bill to offer scholarships to bullied students

Vouchers for victims? Florida lawmakers debate a bill to offer scholarships to bullied students

Rep. Byron Donalds calls his proposal to give tax credit scholarships to bullied Florida students the "Hope Scholarship," and frames it as assistance to often-ignored victims."We're just trying to provide them a path out," the Naples Republican says....
Published: 11/09/17
Florida Carry sues Gainesville over weapons ban during Richard Spencer visit to UF

Florida Carry sues Gainesville over weapons ban during Richard Spencer visit to UF

White nationalist Richard Spencer's unwelcome descent upon the University of Florida last month sent the city of Gainesville into a whirlwind of preparations. Fears of violence, like in Charlottesville, led officials to ban weapons, among many other ...
Published: 11/09/17
Gradebook podcast: On Hillsborough County’s teacher pay dispute

Gradebook podcast: On Hillsborough County’s teacher pay dispute

Back in 2009, negotiators for the Hillsborough County school district and its teachers union crafted a salary schedule that would give teachers large raises every four years, if they would forego increases in the off years. A $4,000 hi...
Published: 11/09/17
Florida education news: Pay protest, school rules, attendance zones and more

Florida education news: Pay protest, school rules, attendance zones and more

STUDENT SUPPORT: Hillsborough County teachers are in the middle of a wage dispute with their school district. On Wednesday, hundreds of high school students across the county walked out of their classes to show support for their teache...
Published: 11/09/17
Should successful Florida school districts get same flexibility as charter schools?

Should successful Florida school districts get same flexibility as charter schools?

Aiming to foster innovation and competition, Florida lawmakers exempted charter schools from the bulk of state statutes governing public education.Miami-Dade lawyer Roberto Martinez, who sits on the state Constitution Revision Commission, contends th...
Updated one month ago
Financial literacy bill again moves through Florida Senate: Do schools need more time for such measures?

Financial literacy bill again moves through Florida Senate: Do schools need more time for such measures?

For the fifth year running, state Sen. Dorothy Hukill has filed legislation seeking to add a half-credit financial literacy course as a Florida high school graduation requirement.Once again, her Senate colleagues (who named the measure afte...
Updated one month ago
Pasco school district posts proposed rezoning map for Ridgewood High

Pasco school district posts proposed rezoning map for Ridgewood High

Proposal to convert Ridgewood High into a magnet technical school approved, the Pasco County school district has turned its attention to where Ridgewood students will attend in 2018-19 if they don't apply to the magnet.A possible new school boundary ...
Updated one month ago
USFSP names interim top academic officer

USFSP names interim top academic officer

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg's interim leader has announced the school's new top academic officer.Olufunke A. Fontenot, a criminal justice professor with experience in administration, will step in on Dec. 1 as interim regional vice ...
Updated one month ago
Florida education news: Charter schools, magnet schools, teacher pay and more

Florida education news: Charter schools, magnet schools, teacher pay and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An applicant to open a new Hernando County charter school withdraws its proposal after struggling to answer questions from School Board members. • Two applications to start new charters in Pinellas County also withdraw as distr...
Updated one month ago
Application for proposed Hernando County charter school withdrawn following criticism from School Board

Application for proposed Hernando County charter school withdrawn following criticism from School Board

BROOKSVILLE — Following three hours of tough questions from the Hernando County School Board Tuesday, those behind a proposed charter school for the "academically advanced" have withdrawn their application.According to School Board attorney Den...
Updated one month ago