Friday, September 21, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's Education Department keeps trying to write an accountability plan that passes federal muster under the Every Child Succeeds Act. Since June, it's submitted two revisions — that's four total — and still ...
Published: 09/13/18
Pinellas principalís lewd comments created Ďfear and intimidationí at school, report finds

Pinellas principalís lewd comments created Ďfear and intimidationí at school, report finds

In his year as principal of Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Anthony Francois sexually harassed at least three female employees, according to an investigation by the Pinellas County school district.His offenses included inappropriate comments ab...
Published: 09/12/18
Whatís the holdup with Floridaís federal ESSA accountability plan?

Whatís the holdup with Floridaís federal ESSA accountability plan?

Florida officials have made yet another attempt to win approval for their federal education accountability plan, submitting revisions on both June 6 — a day after receiving a negative status update — and again Aug. 24 after the June propo...
Published: 09/12/18
Pasco districtís dispute resolution office takes step backward

Pasco districtís dispute resolution office takes step backward

Plans to create a clearinghouse to handle complaints about Pasco County schools have not come to fruition as officials initially planned.The most recent setback: Hilda Martin, who left the principalship of Marlowe Elementary in the spring t...
Published: 09/12/18
Florida education news: Budgets, pay plans, campaign claims and more

Florida education news: Budgets, pay plans, campaign claims and more

BUDGET SEASON: The Florida Board of Education prepares to consider a legislative budget proposal including "no change in 2018-19 millage rates." • Without comment, the Hillsborough County School Board approves a $3 bill...
Published: 09/12/18
Pinellas County School Board approves $1.5 billion budget, lower tax rate

Pinellas County School Board approves $1.5 billion budget, lower tax rate

Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday unanimously approved a $1.5 billion budget including a tax rate decrease for the 2018-19 school year.The new rate is $6.73 for every $1,000 of taxable property value, a drop from last ye...
Published: 09/11/18
Hillsborough approves $3 billion schools budget, and a lower tax rate

Hillsborough approves $3 billion schools budget, and a lower tax rate

TAMPA — With no discussion, the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday adopted a $3 billion budget and a property tax rate that is lower than last year's, reflecting an increase in property values.Homeowners will pay $641.40 for every $100...
Published: 09/11/18
Pasco district officials seek more input on pay plan adjustments

Pasco district officials seek more input on pay plan adjustments

Pasco County school district leaders have touted a plan to have teachers work longer days as a way to get more money into their pockets.Now they're trying to determine how well that idea plays in the field.Superintendent Kurt Browning has recorded a ...
Published: 09/11/18
Florida Board of Education to consider budget request with no change in tax rates

Florida Board of Education to consider budget request with no change in tax rates

One phrase stands out in the guidelines Florida Board of Education members used in developing their 2019-20 legislative budget request, which comes up for adoption Friday:"Include no change in 2018-19 millage rates, tuition or fees."It's an issue tha...
Published: 09/11/18
Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

GAME DAY SECURITY: Fans attending Pasco County high school football games no longer will be able to bring most bags into the stadiums, as the district tightens security after shootings at events in Palm Beach and Duval counties.NEW BLOOD: U...
Published: 09/11/18