Thursday, August 16, 2018

Florida education news: Principals, teacher pay and more

PRINCIPALS: Steve Crognale is named Hernando County Principal of the Year. • Krissy Perkins is the new principal at Trapnell Elementary in Plant City.

LABOR NEWS: Florida Virtual School leaders oppose a push to unionize teachers. • Negotiators expect a contract agreement before winter break for Pasco County school employees. • The Citrus County School Board approves raises for teachers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

DIVERSITY ISSUES: Alachua County schools have Florida's largest achievement gap among students of different races, the Independent Alligator reports. • Lee County NAACP leaders will meet with school district officials to discuss their concerns about disproportionate student discipline, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

VOUCHERS: Tax-credit scholarship backers tell Florida lawmakers they support added oversight of schools that accept the funds, but warn of over-regulation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

THE BOOK STAYS: The Santa Rosa County school district declines to ban Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 after a parent complaint, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

PARTNERSHIP: Gulf Coast State College and the Gulf County school district seek to jointly build an education center to offer advanced STEM programs, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A bill to allow guns at private schools on church properties stalls in the Florida Senate, the Associated Press reports. • A Walton County second-grader is found with an unloaded gun on his school bus, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

INVESTIGATION: A suspended Okaloosa County school investigator tries to tell his story to the School Board, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

PUBLIC SERVICE: Martin County residents wonder why the school district would tear down well-used ballfields if it relocates its administrative offices, TC Palm reports.

REZONING: About 1,900 Palm Beach County middle school students will be reassigned as the district shuts down their school, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: The Sarasota County school district looks for better ways to communicate security issues to the public, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate PreK-12 Appropriations Committee, 9 a.m.

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Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

BUDGETS: Florida Board of Education members say local school districts should have more flexibility in how they spend their resources, while kicking off planning for their next legislative budget request. Teacher salaries and school security top...
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Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Mike Lastra has been chosen as the new principal of Brooksville Elementary School, Hernando County school district announced Wednesday.He follows Jill Renihan, who recently left the position to take a job as the district's new director of s...
Published: 08/15/18
Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Teacher pay and school security topped the list of concerns for Florida Board of Education members Wednesday as they kicked off their annual legislative budget request process.Though they wondered where they might find the money for any added ex...
Published: 08/15/18
Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

At Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Eakins answered our questions about the 50 Achievement Schools and lingering teacher vacancies. The district's communications office gave us more information that we will shar...
Published: 08/15/18
State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

To be eligible for a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, children must meet specific financial criteria including household income standards.When issuing scholarships between 2015-2017, funding organization Step Up For Students did not pro...
Published: 08/15/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County School Board members said they want to look for money in the district budget to give employees raises. So far, they've asked questions but come up with no solid answers.TRANSPARENCY: Hillsborough County school dist...
Published: 08/15/18
Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco County School Board members say they want to give employees pay raises this year.In the two weeks since declaring their desire, though, the board members have not submitted a single idea to the administration they say they would support to...
Published: 08/14/18
Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Retired Florida chief justice Harry Lee Anstead has asked his former panel to require justification for why six proposed constitutional amendments including Amendment 8 should remain on the November ballot, or to toss them out.Anstead, joined by...
Published: 08/14/18
Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

First, the schools banned homemade cakes, saying children who wanted to celebrate birthdays with classmates had to bring store-bought treats instead.Now, the Pasco County school district is putting the brakes on many of the most popular treats altoge...
Published: 08/14/18
Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

BACK TO SCHOOL: Children returned to classes Monday in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties, with most districts reporting smooth sailing in the day's activities. • Pasco students and staff were enthusiastic, for the most part, about the ...
Published: 08/14/18