Friday, July 20, 2018

Florida education news: Teachers, testing, audits and more

TEACHER PAY: Hundreds of Hillsborough County teachers are expected to fill the School Board chambers today to complain about the district's announcement it will not fulfill their salary agreement.

TESTING: A review clears Pasco County's Trinity Oaks Elementary of suspected irregularities in its 2017 fourth-grade state math tests.

AUDITS: The Florida Auditor General sees some improvements in financial controls among the state's 67 school districts.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Hillsborough County seventh grader is arrested for having an unloaded pistol at school.

EARLY LEARNING: The state has not revised its funding formula for early education programs in years, despite shifting populations and needs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAX PLANS: The Manatee County school district details how it would spend an added $31 million generated by a higher property tax rate if voters approve, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A Palm Beach County principal is recognized for her work with students and staff to improve her school's test performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Black students are disproportionately disciplined in central Florida school districts, WFTV reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: Gov. Rick Scott signals support for a constitutional amendment that would waive tuition and fees for family members of first responders, law enforcement officers and active military killed on duty, the News Service of Florida reports.

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State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

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Published: 07/19/18
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Credit recovery high school closes

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Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

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More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

On Tuesday, we met two of the three candidates in District 1 for the Hillsborough County School Board. Today we present all three candidates for District 2, which covers South Tampa and the more rural communities of Southeast Hillsborough.Stacy ...
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