Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Florida education news: Class size, Greek life, pickets and more

GREEK LIFE: Joining a fraternity or sorority is often a goal for high school graduates seeking to fit in at college. The lifestyle can get out of hand. Now Florida State University has suspended all fraternities and sororities, following the death of a pledge found unresponsive the morning after a frat party. "For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university," FSU president John Thrasher said.

CLASS SIZE: A newly proposed constitutional amendment would ease the state's class-size caps, with any leftover money dedicated to teacher pay.

LABOR NEWS: Hillsborough County teachers continue to picket for pay raises outside their schools.

#HB7069: The Miami-Dade County School Board chairman asks his colleagues to set a deadline for deciding whether to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HB 7069, WLRN reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The St. Lucie County school district relocates its administrative offices while waiting for its regular offices to be fixed after flooding from Hurricane Irma, TC Palm reports. • Some island evacuees from Hurricane Maria make their way north to Bay County, WJHG reports.

COMMUNICATION: A Santa Rosa County mom protests the school district's policy of not informing all families in a school if a child is found to have lice, WKRG reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Marion County fourth grade teacher faces dismissal for not paying close enough attention to his class, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Lee County NAACP claims the local school district disproportionately disciplines African-American students, the Naples Daily News reports.

WRITING LESSON: A Sarasota County resident complains about an elementary school's "funeral" for overused words in student essays, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

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More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

On Tuesday, we met two of the three candidates in District 1 for the Hillsborough County School Board. Today we present all three candidates for District 2, which covers South Tampa and the more rural communities of Southeast Hillsborough.Stacy ...
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The Pasco County School Board will change its complexion this fall, with the election of at least one new member, with the possibility of as many as three.The 10 candidates for three seats participated in forums this week, sponsored by the West ...
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New principals for Bevis, Dickenson elementary schools

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The Hillsborough County School Board named these new principals on Tuesday: Marisa Brody, former assistant principal of Cannella Elementary as principal of Dickenson Elementary; and Rebecca Thoms, former assistant principal of Bevis Elementary, as pr...
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Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

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Published: 07/18/18
Fired Hernando County superintendent to land job in Pasco school district

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Lori Romano, fired from the Hernando County superintendent post for "ineffective leadership" a month ago, has snagged a job in the Pasco County school district.She won't be nearly as high up the administrative ladder in her new role.Subject to Pasco ...
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Florida stands alone as sole state without federally approved accountability plan

Florida stands alone as sole state without federally approved accountability plan

What to do?President Donald Trump's administration has in many ways held up Florida's education system as a model for the nation. It's hired many former Florida education officials to top jobs in its own education department.Yet Florida's propos...
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The things School Board candidates say…. on the campaign trail in Hillsborough (Part I)

The things School Board candidates say…. on the campaign trail in Hillsborough (Part I)

They bashed the superintendent. They fretted about charter schools. One said the Hillsborough County School District should act like a carpet cleaning business when it comes to hiring teachers. Another blamed gender for the School Board's ongoing gru...
Published: 07/17/18
Florida education news: Charter schools, test results, safety and more

Florida education news: Charter schools, test results, safety and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The 10-year renewal of a Hillsborough County charter alternative high school generates a pointed debate about the school's worth, as the League of Women Voters notes its poor graduation rate and school district officials lo...
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