Saturday, December 16, 2017

Florida education news: Charter schools, magnet schools, teacher pay and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An applicant to open a new Hernando County charter school withdraws its proposal after struggling to answer questions from School Board members. • Two applications to start new charters in Pinellas County also withdraw as district officials find deficiencies in their plans. • Four new charter schools seek approval to serve close to 4,400 students in Hillsborough County.

MAGNET SCHOOLS: The Pasco County School Board approves a plan to transform Ridgewood High School into a magnet technical school. The district will begin redrawing attendance boundaries immediately, with a new procedure.

TEACHER PAY: Some Hillsborough County high school students walk out of class in support of teachers' demand for pay raises.

TURNAROUNDS: Duval County school district officials discuss the possibilities for three schools with consistently low test scores, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A struggling Sarasota County charter school gets its improvement plan accepted, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WHAT'S GOING ON? The Okaloosa County school district endures a series of investigations into alleged bad acts, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Manatee County school district breaks ground on a new high school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEW OFFICES: The Martin County school district considers where to build new administrative offices, TC Palm reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk County non-instructional employees ratify a contract update, the Ledger reports. • Miami-Dade County teachers approve a new contract deal, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach County teachers reject the district's latest salary offer, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Duval County parents offer ideas of what they'd like to see in a new superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: The Pembroke Pines charter school system adds improved video surveillance at five campuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate PreK-12 Appropriations, 10 a.m.; Senate Higher Education Appropriations, 2 p.m.; House PreK-12 Appropriations, 1:30 p.m.; House Post-Secondary Education, 1:30 p.m.; House PreK-12 Innovation, 4 p.m.

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Dec. 11, 2017

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Dec. 11, 2017

Several states have fought education equity lawsuits. Rare have been the court rulings that say judges have no room to judge whether the constitutional language for a "high quality" public education is being met. It happened in Florida. Catch up on t...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbur...
Published: 12/15/17
Updated: 12/16/17
For elimination of Latino student achievement gap, USF gets another top ranking

For elimination of Latino student achievement gap, USF gets another top ranking

For its work eliminating the completion gap between Latino and white students, the University of South Florida has been named the nation's top-performing public university for Latino student success.It's another feather in the cap of the Tampa instit...
Published: 12/15/17
Florida education news: Free speech, term limits, Schools of Hope and more

Florida education news: Free speech, term limits, Schools of Hope and more

FREE SPEECH: The pending arrival of white nationalist Richard Spencer sent the University of Florida and the surrounding community into high gear, as people tried to figure out how to keep him away. Now some state lawmakers want to clarify the r...
Published: 12/15/17
Proposals on school board term limits, elected superintendents move ahead

Proposals on school board term limits, elected superintendents move ahead

Despite pushback from the people who would be most affected, two proposed constitutional amendments aiming to change the governance of Florida public school districts gained support from a second committee of the Constitution Revision Commission on T...
Published: 12/14/17
Most districts reapply for Florida’s Schools of Hope grant

Most districts reapply for Florida’s Schools of Hope grant

Thirty-three struggling district schools have applied for the second round of Florida's new "Schools of Hope" grant, a controversial program created last spring to mollify critics of plans to establish a new system of state-funded charter schools.Pro...
Published: 12/14/17
Social studies teacher seeks Pasco County School Board seat

Social studies teacher seeks Pasco County School Board seat

Mike Aday turned 32 on Dec. 11. He celebrated by filing to run for Pasco County School Board."I thought my birthday would be a good day to put in the paperwork," the Hudson Middle School social studies teacher said.A single dad, United School Em...
Published: 12/14/17
Gradebook podcast: Is sixth grade too young for school sports?

Gradebook podcast: Is sixth grade too young for school sports?

Being part of a sports team can help students ease into their school and become part of the activities. But in some school systems, sixth graders don’t get the chance to play. The arguments include that they’re too small, and that th...
Published: 12/14/17
Florida education news: Funding lawsuit, teacher contracts, alternative schooling and more

Florida education news: Funding lawsuit, teacher contracts, alternative schooling and more

FUNDING: The parents' lawsuit contended the state did not meet the requirements for a "uniform high-quality education." The court's response: The language is too vague for the judicial branch to intervene. "While 'adequate,' 'efficient,' and 'high qu...
Published: 12/14/17
Pasco school district, employees reach contract deal

Pasco school district, employees reach contract deal

The raises for Pasco County school district employees aren't as high as anyone would like, but they're now part of a signed tentative contract deal reached just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.If ratified by the staff and the School Board, the agreements ...
Published: 12/14/17