Monday, July 16, 2018

Florida education news: Hurricane evacuees, charter schools, social media and more

AFTER THE STORM: Hundreds of children from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands settle into Tampa Bay area schools after fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The state has done away with some regulations, making it easier to enroll and get assistance. Districts and some lawmakers are calling for extra money and flexibility in areas such as class size to help schools with the added population, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from CBS News, Osceola News-Gazette.

OLD SCHOOL: Two Pinellas County developers are breathing new life into unused school sites  — one as lofts, another as a restaurant.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Academica seeks to enter one of the last areas of Broward County without charter schools, Parkland Talk reports.

SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS: A Sarasota County high school increases its law enforcement presence after a student threatens on social media to shoot up the campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A Collier County Catholic school student threatens his school's opposing football team on Instagram, causing problems for the school and its team, Fox 4 reports.

IN THE CONSTITUTION: A Collier County School Board member has made several proposals to overhaul the education article of Florida's constitution, the Naples Daily News reports.

GOTTA DANCE: A video of the Lake Mary High principal dancing with her school's step team goes viral, WKMG reports.

MATH LESSONS: A Bay County high school sees strong academic improvement in its first year partnering with National Math and Science Initiative, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SURPLUS LAND: The Volusia County School Board considers selling land once planned for a middle school to a housing developer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

GIFTED EDUCATION: The Orange County school district prepares to open a new school for elementary gifted students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BAD ACTS: A Hillsborough County high school teacher is arrested on allegations she had sex with a student, Fox 13 reports.

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Critics of charter schools point to low graduation rates

Critics of charter schools point to low graduation rates

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Pasco schools Citizens Academy seeks applications

Pasco schools Citizens Academy seeks applications

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Hillsborough County has more ‘persistently low performing’ schools than any other Florida district

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

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Published: 07/16/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 8, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 8, 2018

Another week, another lawsuit. This time, it’s the League of Women Voters challenge to Amendment 8, a measure headed to the November ballot unless a judge stops it. The group contends the proposal is misleading because it aims to change charter...
Published: 07/14/18
Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board members

Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board members

NOTE: This post has been revised.A disability rights advocate in Tampa has filed a state ethics complaint against Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray, based on reports that appeared in recent months in the La Gaceta newspaper.Karen Clay...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco school district looks to strengthen student address verification rules

Pasco school district looks to strengthen student address verification rules

Pasco County parents have demanded their school district amplify its efforts to make sure students are not lying about their addresses for more than two years. They've done so in hopes that drive might alleviate the need to change attendance zon...
Published: 07/13/18
Gradebook podcast: Why the Hernando School Board fired its superintendent

Gradebook podcast: Why the Hernando School Board fired its superintendent

Florida's Hernando County school district is proving that not only the biggest systems suffer from politics and infighting.After years of internal disputes, and growing discontent within the general public, the board recently fired superintendent Lor...
Published: 07/13/18
Florida education news: Amendment lawsuit, charter appeals, safety and more

Florida education news: Amendment lawsuit, charter appeals, safety and more

AMENDMENT 8: Calling the title and summary "misleading," the Florida League of Women Voters asks the Leon County Court to remove Amendment 8 from the November ballot. The measure includes three items — civics education, school board t...
Published: 07/13/18
Pinellas School Board candidates talk inequity, retaliation and more at wide-ranging forum

Pinellas School Board candidates talk inequity, retaliation and more at wide-ranging forum

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas School Board candidates fielded questions about school security, educational inequity and retaliation in a wide-ranging Thursday evening forum at Pinellas Technical College.A dozen candidates, spread across four races,...
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