Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

The Tampa Bay Times was not able to interview Karen Perez during her primary campaign for Hillsborough County School Board. After she placed second in a six-way districtwide race to replace April Griffin, we invited her again to complete our que...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

School security remains a point of high concern for Florida schools. When it comes to funding, there’s talk of spending more. Yet when the idea of giving school districts flexibility in deciding how to use the money, there’s not too much ...
Published: 09/15/18
Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

A familiar face will be leading the University of South Florida's quest to find a replacement for retiring president Judy Genshaft. Les Muma will chair the search committee, USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb announced Friday.Muma and his wife...
Published: 09/14/18
Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

A total of 126 students from around the Tampa Bay area were announced this week as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. They were among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.Taken together, they are said to represent the top 1 perc...
Published: 09/14/18
Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Taking a lead from Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Board of Education member Michael Olenick on Friday pushed his colleagues to offer school districts flexibility in how they spend money set aside for security in the state budget."They're asking for this, a...
Published: 09/14/18
Pasco teachers union calls for tax referendum to fund pay raises

Pasco teachers union calls for tax referendum to fund pay raises

The president of Pasco County's school employees union is calling for a  referendum in which voters can decide whether to increase local property taxes so teachers and staff can get raises."USEP feels that the burden for coming up with additiona...
Published: 09/14/18
Florida education news: Accountability concerns, FEMA reimbursements, technical classes and more

Florida education news: Accountability concerns, FEMA reimbursements, technical classes and more

ON ESSA: Florida's latest plan to meet federal education accountability standards answers several concerns but raises new ones for U.S. Education officials. The state has until Oct. 4 to file its response.AFTER IRMA: FEMA sends Pinellas Cou...
Published: 09/14/18
Pinellas County schools reimbursed $2.6 million by FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

Pinellas County schools reimbursed $2.6 million by FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

A year after Hurricane Irma, the federal government has reimbursed Pinellas County school district for what it spent sheltering 25,000 people from the massive storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, approved the distric...
Published: 09/13/18
Florida gets more questions on its federal accountability plan

Florida gets more questions on its federal accountability plan

Florida's latest revisions to its federal education accountability plan addressed several concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Education, but generated others needing further clarification, Libby Witt of the department's Teacher Quality Program ...
Published: 09/13/18
Two chances next week to see “Backpack Full of Cash”

Two chances next week to see “Backpack Full of Cash”

PTA organizations around Hillsborough County are sponsoring two free screenings of "Backpack Full of Cash," the documentary film about charter schools, and their growth at times of limited funding for traditional public schools.The screenings will ta...
Published: 09/13/18