Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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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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 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida superintendents come out against proposal to do away with electing superintendents

Florida superintendents come out against proposal to do away with electing superintendents

The Florida Association of District School Superintendents, or FADSS, released a statement Wednesday that it does not support a statewide proposal that would do away with the election of school superintendents.The statement comes the day before ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Appeals court upholds ruling against Florida education funding challenge

Appeals court upholds ruling against Florida education funding challenge

Florida's First District Court of Appeal has agreed with the trial court against a group of parents who complained the state had violated its constitutional role to fund an "an efficient, safe, secure and uniform high-quality education."The...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pasco students using school choice might not have to reapply after rezoning

Pasco students using school choice might not have to reapply after rezoning

Pasco County students attending schools outside their neighborhoods through choice will not have to submit new applications to remain after the School Board redraws boundaries for several west-side high schools, if the board approves.Superintendent K...
Updated: 7 hours ago
What’s in a name? A Pasco school considers its options

What’s in a name? A Pasco school considers its options

After more than 30 years in operation, Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey is crafting a new identity.But community leaders want to keep a bit of history for the place they still call the "Pride of Pasco," as it transitions from a trad...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida education news: Testing, board pay, school zones and more

Florida education news: Testing, board pay, school zones and more

TESTING: Superintendents asked, and the Florida Department of Education delivered. Sort of. After Hurricane Irma interrupted schooling for a week or more, districts sought a delay in spring 2018 state testing. They got  an extended assessme...
Published: 12/13/17
School board pay question will return to Constitution Revision Commission

School board pay question will return to Constitution Revision Commission

Erika Donalds barely saved her proposal to end Florida school board members' salaries when it came before the Constitution Revision Commission education committee in November.Headed for defeat, Donalds moved to postpone action rather than cast what w...
Published: 12/12/17
How much money do Florida’s private college presidents take home?

How much money do Florida’s private college presidents take home?

Despite widespread frustration with the outsize costs of college, pay packages for private college presidents have continued to climb at a rapid clip, according to annual numbers compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.In 2015...
Published: 12/12/17