Monday, July 16, 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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Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

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

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

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Published: 07/14/18
Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board member Lynn Gray

Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board member Lynn Gray

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 has asked the state agency to in...
Published: 07/13/18
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

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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

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Pasco teacher contract talks continue focus on evaluations

Pasco teacher contract talks continue focus on evaluations

With some key financial data still unavailable, Pasco County teacher contract negotiators kept their attention turned to improving annual performance evaluations as they met Thursday afternoon.Representatives from both sides continued their focu...
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Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

Lawsuit challenges education amendment on Florida ballot

A constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow charter school organizers to bypass local school boards to get approval is "intentionally misleading" because it doesn't directly explain to voters that the amendment is designed to c...
Published: 07/12/18
Approve those charter schools, Florida review panel says

Approve those charter schools, Florida review panel says

The Palm Beach County School Board lost its court battle in 2017 challenging the state's authority to overturn its denial of a charter school application.Now the board is poised to see its rejection of two charters overturned.Applicants to open ...
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