Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Florida education news: Discrimination, rezoning, charter schools and more

DISCRIMINATION? Two black teachers had requested transfers out of Pinellas Park Middle School, alleging "hostile and racially charged" work conditions. A school district investigation uncovered no racial discrimination, though. NAACP officials say they will continue to monitor the school.

REZONING: The Pasco County School Board hears from only two people at its public hearing to alter attendance zones for four west-side high schools.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida Commission on Ethics removes suggestions that charter schools are "business entities" from one of its advisory opinions.

AFTER THE STORM: Pasco County school district officials calculate district costs of Hurricane Irma at $3 million. They anticipate a reimbursement of about half that amount.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The U.S. Department of Education calls on Florida to revise its Every Student Succeeds Act plan, Education Week reports. Read the letter.

GRADUATION RATES: Several Florida school districts anticipate lower graduation rates for 2017 because of a one-line change to the formula tucked into HB 7069, TC Palm reports.

COLLABORATION: The Gulf County School Board agrees to join Gulf Coast State College in creating a STEM learning center, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Citrus County high school teacher resigns amid an investigation into whether she tried to change a student's grades so he could play football, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: St. Johns County families will have two schools available for open enrollment this year, down from four a year ago, the St. Augustine Record reports.

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Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

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Hurricane Michael blasted at least 10 north Florida school districts, razing some campuses and leaving others unusable.Seven districts — Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Liberty and Washington — remain closed indefinitely, a...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

SALES TAX: With limited funding, the campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase relies on parent volunteers to get the word out. If approved, the revenue will pay for air conditioning repairs, among other construction and main...
Published: 10/16/18
Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

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Published: 10/15/18
Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Fifteen days after their official launch, Florida's new tax credit scholarships for students who claim being bullied in public school have begun being offered.Families that report any of 13 types of incidents, as outlined in law, are gettin...
Published: 10/15/18
When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

35 miles per hour.That's the wind speed at which the Florida Department of Education has recommended school districts start pulling buses off the road, for safety's sake.The department sent the message to districts as Hurricane Michael churned n...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram's arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Repub...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Frustrated by three years of failed attempts to fight legislative actions deemed unfriendly to teachers, Florida Education Association members on Friday ousted the group's leadership team in favor of challengers who pledged to "rebuild our power...
Published: 10/13/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

With elections less than a month off, Floridians have focused attention on who will be the people setting education policy for the next two or four years. They’re homing in on policy positions such as teacher pay, tax rates and school safety, a...
Published: 10/13/18