Friday, July 20, 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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Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

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Published: 07/19/18
Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

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Published: 07/19/18
Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

Supporters of Florida Constitution Revision Commission Amendment 8 focus on the part that would create school board term limits, viewing it as a popular idea that could push the proposal to the 60 percent vote needed for passage.Critics say the measu...
Published: 07/19/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans m...
Published: 07/19/18
Credit recovery high school closes

Credit recovery high school closes

Hillsborough County this year will have two, not three alternative charter high schools operated by the Accelerated Learning Solutions management group.Town and Country Charter High School is being shut down because of low enrollment, the company con...
Published: 07/18/18
Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Satisfied the program has safeguards in place to prevent fraud, the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a rule governing the state's new tax-credit scholarship for students who claim they have been bullied in public school.In craftin...
Published: 07/18/18
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 ...
Published: 07/18/18
Pasco School Board candidates offer thoughts on rezoning, teacher pay and other key issues

Pasco School Board candidates offer thoughts on rezoning, teacher pay and other key issues

The Pasco County School Board will change its complexion this fall, with the election of at least one new member, with the possibility of as many as three.The 10 candidates for three seats participated in forums this week, sponsored by the West ...
Published: 07/18/18
New principals for Bevis, Dickenson elementary schools

New principals for Bevis, Dickenson elementary schools

The Hillsborough County School Board named these new principals on Tuesday: Marisa Brody, former assistant principal of Cannella Elementary as principal of Dickenson Elementary; and Rebecca Thoms, former assistant principal of Bevis Elementary, as pr...
Published: 07/18/18
Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's education system has served as a national model. Its federal accountability plan, though, still can't get approval from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.SECURITY: The Pasco County school district...
Published: 07/18/18