Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gradebook podcast: On Hillsborough County’s teacher pay dispute

Back in 2009, negotiators for the Hillsborough County school district and its teachers union crafted a salary schedule that would give teachers large raises every four years, if they would forego increases in the off years. A $4,000 hike was due this year. But system officials have told the employees it's not coming, because the district can't afford it. That news sparked teacher protests and student walkouts — a reaction that hasn't occurred in past years when the district didn't provide raises. What's the difference? Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins discusses the situation with reporter Jeff Solochek.

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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