Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Pinellas will discuss hiring outside agency to turn around three failing schools

Pinellas will discuss hiring outside agency to turn around three failing schools

The Pinellas County school district had three options: it could've shut down its three lowest performing schools and reassign students, convert them into charter schools or contract with an external operator to turn them around.In November, the distr...
Published: 02/20/18
Tampa Bay teachers protest HB 7055

Tampa Bay teachers protest HB 7055

About 150 teachers from across the Tampa Bay region gathered Monday in Land O'Lakes, just up the street from House Speaker Richard Corcoran's district office, to protest Corcoran's priority education legislation.Among other provisions, HB 7055 includ...
Published: 02/19/18
Tonight’s PTA vigil: What it is and what it isn’t

Tonight’s PTA vigil: What it is and what it isn’t

All around the state, the Florida PTA is organizing candlelight vigils this evening to remember the 17 students and adults killed Wednesday at Broward County’s Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School.Political? It shouldn’t be.But the organ...
Published: 02/19/18
USF to review its Confucius Institute amid Rubio concerns about Chinese overreach

USF to review its Confucius Institute amid Rubio concerns about Chinese overreach

The University of South Florida has no reason to believe its Confucius Institute has been compromised by the Chinese government, USF System President Judy Genshaft wrote in a letter last week.Still, she told Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the univers...
Published: 02/19/18
Let teachers know the evacuation drill is just practice, one educator asks

Let teachers know the evacuation drill is just practice, one educator asks

With last week's deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High still raw on everyone's minds, school district officials across Florida have planned to run emergency drills to remind everyone how to respond."While we have conducted monthl...
Published: 02/19/18
Florida Senate doubles down on HB 7055 with its own version

Florida Senate doubles down on HB 7055 with its own version

As promised, the Florida Senate plans to give the House's omnibus education bill (HB 7055) its own independent review, starting Tuesday in the Education Committee.This year, the Senate is more openly challenging some of the House education posit...
Published: 02/19/18
Florida education news: Strikers, shootings, students and more

Florida education news: Strikers, shootings, students and more

STRIKERS: Fed up with low pay, poor funding and a new governor who wouldn't listen, Florida's teachers walked off their jobs fifty years ago. They won many concessions, and grew into a forceful union. Today, though, many educators sense the stat...
Published: 02/19/18
Is my school open on Presidents Day? It depends on where you live

Is my school open on Presidents Day? It depends on where you live

Monday is George Washington's birthday, a federal holiday also known as Presidents Day. But Tampa Bay area school districts have varying schedules for the day, according to their websites and published calendars.Monday will be a regular school day in...
Published: 02/17/18
School Board chair: End trips to Astro Skate after anti-Hillary Clinton ad

School Board chair: End trips to Astro Skate after anti-Hillary Clinton ad

Pinellas County School Board chairwoman Rene Flowers has asked the school district to remove Astro Skate, a Pinellas Park skating rink, from its list of activities after the rink posted a controversial flier that showed a photo of Hillary Clinto...
Published: 02/16/18
More lockdowns in Hillsborough, one after a double shooting

More lockdowns in Hillsborough, one after a double shooting

With the community on high alert about security issues in the schools, here is what we know  lock-downs Friday in the Hillsborough schools.In the morning:Two adults were in the woods behind Liberty Middle and Freedom High School. Wearing bright-...
Published: 02/16/18