Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Pasco School Board considers longer days for higher pay

Pasco School Board considers longer days for higher pay

Pasco County teachers have in recent months urged their School Board to find money for increased salaries.The plan that's emerging might have them working 30 minutes more daily in exchange for average raises of $3,300.District administrators said Tue...
Updated: 3 hours ago
High lead levels found in the water at Azalea Elementary in St. Petersburg

High lead levels found in the water at Azalea Elementary in St. Petersburg

Pinellas County school officials have notified families at Azalea Elementary in St. Petersburg that lead levels in the water there are above the federal safety threshold, and they are using water bottles as a precaution.District spokeswoman Lisa Wolf...
Updated: 5 hours ago
USF funding takes a hit despite preeminence bump

USF funding takes a hit despite preeminence bump

TAMPA — It was just a few months ago that the University of South Florida was celebrating its ascent into the official ranks of the state's 'preeminent' universities, a signifier of prestige that came with $6.1 million in bonus funding.But even...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough School Board to talk taxes at special meeting

Hillsborough School Board to talk taxes at special meeting

Hillsborough County School Board members have scheduled a discussion on whether to hold a sales tax referendum as part of a special meeting Friday morning.But the board is unlikely to act quickly, despite the inclusion on the agenda of a resolution r...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Fire inspector finds no problems in review of Wiregrass Ranch High cafeteria

Fire inspector finds no problems in review of Wiregrass Ranch High cafeteria

Pasco County fire inspectors gave Wiregrass Ranch High School's cafeteria a clean bill of health Tuesday, after receiving complaints that its lunch periods filled the room beyond capacity.A sign posted near the door said the cafeteria could hold 300 ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Florida education news: Amendment 8, Common Core, teacher tests and more

Florida education news: Amendment 8, Common Core, teacher tests and more

AMENDMENT 8: Leon County Judge John Cooper throws Amendment 8 off the November ballot, agreeing with arguments that its wording is misleading and does not indicate its chief purpose. The Constitution Revision Commission proposal would do three t...
Published: 08/21/18
State responds to challenge of six bundled amendment proposals, calls them proper

State responds to challenge of six bundled amendment proposals, calls them proper

Hours after a Leon County judge tossed proposed constitutional Amendment 8 off the November ballot, calling it misleading, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a 47-page document asking the Supreme Court to leave the measure and five ot...
Published: 08/20/18
Public invited to weigh in on USF consolidation in town halls

Public invited to weigh in on USF consolidation in town halls

As the University of South Florida System hones the specifics of its consolidation into a single USF, the school is inviting the public to weigh in at a series of town halls.The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 22 at USF Tampa. There ...
Published: 08/20/18
Lawyers to get their 20 minutes in Florida’s long-running education equity suit

Lawyers to get their 20 minutes in Florida’s long-running education equity suit

The paperwork in Florida's nine-year-old education equity lawsuit has grown so voluminous that the plaintiff's lawyer asked the state Supreme Court for oral arguments.The court has granted 20 minutes per side.The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 8, two...
Published: 08/20/18
Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

A Leon county judge ordered Monday that Amendment 8, the measure that seeks to create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the ballot.Circuit Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgement...
Published: 08/20/18