Monday, October 22, 2018

Florida education news: Pay protest, school rules, attendance zones and more

STUDENT SUPPORT: Hillsborough County teachers are in the middle of a wage dispute with their school district. On Wednesday, hundreds of high school students across the county walked out of their classes to show support for their teachers. Visit the Gradebook at 9 a.m. for a podcast interview  on the situation with Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins.

RED TAPE: A Florida Constitution Revision Commission member proposes that highly effective county school districts should have the same flexibility as charter schools.

SCHOOL BOUNDARIES: The Pasco County school district unveils a possible map to send all of Ridgewood High's students to other schools in fall 2018 as Ridgewood becomes a magnet technical school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A group that withdrew its application to open a charter school in Hernando County expects to revise its plan and try again.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A Florida House panel advances a bill to create tax credit scholarships for bullied students, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the News Service of Florida.

HOMELESSNESS: A new report shows the number of homeless students in St. Johns County is on the rise, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Lee County high school student is arrested for having a loaded gun in his backpack, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TAXES: Some Manatee County educators wonder if a proposed property tax increase would help the district compete for teachers, the Bradenton Herald reports. The Manatee County Commission has set the date for the election to take place, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER HOUSING: Key West leaders consider supporting a Monroe County school district plan to provide affordable housing for teachers, the Keynoter reports.

MIDDLE GROUND: Democratic state Rep. Shevrin Jones seeks compromise in Florida's school choice and accountability debates, Redefined reports.

LABOR NEWS: Sarasota County teachers and the school district remain at odds over salaries, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LIFE SAVERS: Palm Beach teachers save the life of a student who accidentally impaled himself with a sharpened pencil, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BAD ACTS: Prosecutors decline to pursue charges against a Palm Beach County school bus aide who was accused of abuse against a student with autism, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A FAMU Developmental Research School teacher is accused of inappropriate acts with several students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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Another Moton Elementary principal leaves, less than a year after taking over struggling school

Another Moton Elementary principal leaves, less than a year after taking over struggling school

BROOKSVILLE — Brent Gaustad, the Moton Elementary School principal who was hired in January to turn around a school on the brink of state intervention, will retire next week, the Hernando County School District announced Monday.Gausta...
Updated: 8 hours ago
A Pinellas teaching aide gave a special needs student a wedgie. Now she could lose her job.

A Pinellas teaching aide gave a special needs student a wedgie. Now she could lose her job.

A Pinellas County school employee could be out of a job Tuesday after giving a special needs student at Mount Vernon Elementary School a wedgie in front of his classmates, then refusing to work.According to the school district, Dominiq...
Updated: 8 hours ago
How should you talk to your child about active shooter drills? Pinellas’ online “tool kit” could help

How should you talk to your child about active shooter drills? Pinellas’ online “tool kit” could help

In an attempt to answer some of the ongoing questions surrounding active shooter drills in Pinellas County schools, educators have rolled out a new set of online resources for parents.Along with videos and copies of staff and...
Published: 10/22/18
Florida education department announces school recognition awards

Florida education department announces school recognition awards

The clock is ticking for hundreds of Florida schools to decide how to spend an extra $100 per student they'll receive for their 2017-18 student testing results.Districts learned late Friday which schools qualified for the state's program recognizing ...
Published: 10/22/18
Florida education news: State funding, school rules, threat monitoring and more

Florida education news: State funding, school rules, threat monitoring and more

STATE FUNDING: Rather than adding more money into public education, Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis suggests the state and districts instead should root out waste and inefficiency in their budgets. Observers say the s...
Published: 10/22/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 14, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 14, 2018

Frustrated with a string of legislative losses, the Florida Education Association — the state’s largest teacher union — selected new leadership for the coming three years. New president Fed Ingram promised to “start winning ag...
Published: 10/20/18
Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

A Northeast High School student who mangled his fingers using a table saw in class in 2016 is suing the Pinellas County School Board for negligence, asking for at least $15,000 in damages.According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 12, Brandon Jacob ...
Published: 10/19/18
State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

Eighty-eight Florida schools will join 630 others in gaining relief from some state education laws as "Schools of Excellence."The recognition, developed by lawmakers in 2017 as part of HB 7069, grants principals greater autonomy in daily operations, ...
Published: 10/19/18
Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

CLIMATE SURVEY: Large majorities of Pinellas County teachers say they feel valued and safe at their schools. District officials plan to break down these and other survey results by school, and use the information to make any needed improvements....
Published: 10/19/18
New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

Pinellas County schools recently wrapped up a new type of survey which asked school-level staff to evaluate aspects about their workplace.The results show about 70 percent of the 3,952 respondents agree that they feel valued by the adm...
Published: 10/18/18