Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Florida education news: Accountability, superintendents, pay raises and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act incorporated language that some education advocates say violates the word and spirit of the law. A coalition of civil rights organizations, rebuffed when it asked state officials to alter the proposal, has asked U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject it.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Hernando County School Board agrees to conduct a second district-wide survey to help evaluate superintendent Lori Romano's performance. Its first survey generated questions about its value.

TEACHER PAY: The Pasco County school district makes its salary proposal for teachers,  offering $3.15 million less than the union requested. "Ouch," teacher negotiator Val Smith said. • Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association executive director Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins discusses her county's wage dispute in the latest Gradebook podcast.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A proposal to grant scholarships to bullied public school students faces some pushback as it moves through the House. • A bill to permanently expand the Bright Futures scholarship sails through a Senate committee, the Sunshine State News reports.

AFTER THE STORM: The federal government will provide $2 million to help Florida schools recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria, US News & World Report reports. • Island evacuees continue to make their transition into Florida's education system, NPR reports.

STUDENT BUSING: Hillsborough County school transportation officials are investigating why wheels flew off two new school buses while moving, ABC Action News reports.

COMMUNICATION: Marion County School Board members spar with  administration officials over whether adequate information about a construction project was provided, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FUNDING: Volusia County School Board members ask local chamber of commerce leaders to help fight for changes to the state district cost differential education funding formula, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: An Alachua County principal removed over alleged inappropriate comments to students had faced sexual harassment accusations while working in Levy County, the Gainesville Sun reports. • A Polk County teacher resigns as district officials learn of her past problems in other districts, the Ledger reports.

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Florida education news: Charter schools, test results, safety and more

Florida education news: Charter schools, test results, safety and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The 10-year renewal of a Hillsborough County charter alternative high school generates a pointed debate about the school's worth, as the League of Women Voters notes its poor graduation rate and school district officials lo...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Critics of charter schools point to low graduation rates

Critics of charter schools point to low graduation rates

The League of Women Voters is protesting the 10-year renewal of Seminole Heights Charter High School's contract on grounds that the organization spends nearly $200,000 in tax money to produce one high school graduate…But do they?Absolutely not,...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Pasco schools Citizens Academy seeks applications

Pasco schools Citizens Academy seeks applications

The Pasco County school district's new Citizens Academy is now a reality.It only needs participants.The district's inaugural class to learn about the ins and outs of its operations and activities will be 30 to 50 members large. They will attend seven...
Published: 07/16/18
Hillsborough County has more ‘persistently low performing’ schools than any other Florida district

Hillsborough County has more ‘persistently low performing’ schools than any other Florida district

The Hillsborough County school district has topped another state list it would prefer not to be on.It has 13 schools on Florida's newly released "persistently low performing" list, more than double the number of any other district.That's down from 20...
Published: 07/16/18
Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

Florida education news: Addresses, ethics, security and more

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? The Pasco County School Board will consider tightening rules for when it can remove students from schools over fraudulent registration forms.ETHICS: A Hillsborough County disability rights advocate files an ethics complai...
Published: 07/16/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 8, 2018

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

Another week, another lawsuit. This time, it’s the League of Women Voters challenge to Amendment 8, a measure headed to the November ballot unless a judge stops it. The group contends the proposal is misleading because it aims to change charter...
Published: 07/14/18
Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board members

Ethics complaint against Hillsborough School Board members

NOTE: This post has been revised.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...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/16/18
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

AMENDMENT 8: Calling the title and summary "misleading," the Florida League of Women Voters asks the Leon County Court to remove Amendment 8 from the November ballot. The measure includes three items — civics education, school board t...
Published: 07/13/18