Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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 education news: Water pipes, gender rights, textbook choices and more

Florida education news: Water pipes, gender rights, textbook choices and more

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Update: Two students arrested after gun found near Lakewood High

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Updated: 8 hours ago
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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Updated: 12 hours ago
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Florida education news: Computer classes, testing, term limits and more

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Dec. 2, 2017

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Dec. 2, 2017

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Florida education news: Board vacancies, school choice, choice words and more

Florida education news: Board vacancies, school choice, choice words and more

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In Pinellas, neighborhood schools are options, too

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There's a movement in St. Petersburg to rally families around their neighborhood school instead of beelining toward the Pinellas County school district's exclusive magnet and fundamental options.But for many families, another neighborhood school that...
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In Hillsborough, charter schools are the elephant in the boardroom

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Published: 12/07/17
Three Florida Board of Education member terms end this month

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