Saturday, June 23, 2018

Florida education news: ESSA plans, bonuses, holiday cheer and more

TESTING RULES: The Florida Department of Education seeks an extension to revise its Every Student Succeeds Act plan, as requested by the federal government. U.S. Education Department reviewers raised concerns about the state's stance on several areas, including languages used for testing and the accounting of demographic groups in measuring achievement.

OVERPAID: The Leon County school district accidentally gave 27 ineligible teachers Best and Brightest state bonuses, and has asked for repayment, WXTL reports. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

'TIS THE SEASON: Sarasota police hand out gifts and treats to children in a local middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

PUBLIC RECORDS: An Okaloosa County school district official is accused of breaking the state's Sunshine Law in releasing exempt information to a television reporter, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

GROWTH: Expected Flagler County school enrollment increases prompt district leaders to consider options for accommodating the influx, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LABOR NEWS: Sarasota County teachers and district officials cannot reach a pay agreement before winter break, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FINANCES: St. Johns County educators worry that limited revenue could hurt the district's performance, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A substitute teacher at a Hillsborough County charter school is arrested on accusations of molesting a student.

We at the Gradebook wish everyone the happiest winter break possible. The news is likely to slow to a trickle, so our posting will be more sporadic during the lull. But we'll keep an eye out for the things that move, and let you know when it does. 

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Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, as the two hopefuls qualified just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their seats amid a ...
Published: 06/22/18
On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

Barring a last-minute adjustment, this is the lineup for the 2018 Hillsborough County School Board races.District 1, northwest Hillsborough and Town 'N Country:This is a special election to replace Susan Valdes, who resigned, effective Nov. 6, to run...
Published: 06/22/18
Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates have lined up in races for three seats open on the Hernando County School Board, including incumbents Mark Johnson and Susan Duval.Johnson, who was elected to the board's District 1 seat in 2014, faces challenger ...
Published: 06/22/18
Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

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Ten candidates qualified to run for three Pasco County School Board seats as the ballot officially closed at noon Friday.All of them had announced their plans well in advance, and rumors of a last-minute hopeful never materialized.The District 5 race...
Published: 06/22/18
Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

As Pasco County school district officials discussed converting Ridgewood High School into a technical school, some leaders kept asking one question: What if the school actually improved its academic performance, making the change unnecessary?The scho...
Published: 06/22/18
Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

TAKE A KNEE: Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say students do not have an unqualified, clearly established right to kneel during the daily pledge to the flag, rebutting a family's lawsuit contending otherwise.SUMMER LEARNING: So...
Published: 06/22/18
Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County parents should not check the mailbox for their children's report cards this summer.The grades are coming online only.After months of planning, the district will release fourth-quarter report cards in the online MyStudent grading system, ...
Published: 06/21/18
Pasco school district rebuts family’s Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Pasco school district rebuts family’s Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say the principal of Wiregrass Elementary School and a first grade teacher there did nothing wrong in their treatment of a student who took a knee while his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance last...
Published: 06/21/18
Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Hernando County School Board quickly moves ahead in seeking a new district leader after dumping Lori Romano.BUDGET GAP: Pasco County school district leaders anticipate a budget shortfall as they work to meet new state ...
Published: 06/21/18
Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

ELECTIONS: A former county official joins the race for a seat on Hernando County School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • In Hillsborough County, one candidate for School Board changes parties and another changes races, the Tampa Bay Times ...
Published: 06/19/18