Tuesday, September 18, 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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Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

With enrollment growth continuing and school crowding yet unresolved, the Pasco County School Board is taking steps to add three promised new schools to its inventory.The School Board is poised to approve a 5-year work plan that includes a new middle...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

OVERSIGHT: To help convince voters to support its cause, the Hillsborough County school district announces well-respected Betty Castor will head a committee to review spending of revenue from a requested sales tax increase. The money would be de...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

In discussing pay raises, Pasco County school district officials have asked their employee negotiating groups to wait and see if more students turn up than expected.The state projected district enrollment to rise by 1,001 children. Any more than that...
Published: 09/17/18
Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco County parents seeking to send their children to schools other than the ones they're assigned to will face a new set of deadlines this fall, as the district streamlines its process.Instead of separating the applications between magnet and open ...
Published: 09/17/18
Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

SECURITY: The Florida Board of Education discusses ways to offer school districts more flexibility in the way they use future guardian funding. State lawmakers, however, aren't ready to release unused money from the current year allocation, TC P...
Published: 09/17/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

School security remains a point of high concern for Florida schools. When it comes to funding, there’s talk of spending more. Yet when the idea of giving school districts flexibility in deciding how to use the money, there’s not too much ...
Published: 09/15/18
On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

The Tampa Bay Times was not able to interview Karen Perez during her primary campaign for Hillsborough County School Board. After she placed second in a six-way districtwide race to replace April Griffin, we invited her again to complete our que...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

A familiar face will be leading the University of South Florida's quest to find a replacement for retiring president Judy Genshaft. Les Muma will chair the search committee, USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb announced Friday.Muma and his wife...
Published: 09/14/18
Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

A total of 126 students from around the Tampa Bay area were announced this week as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. They were among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.Taken together, they are said to represent the top 1 perc...
Published: 09/14/18
Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Taking a lead from Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Board of Education member Michael Olenick on Friday pushed his colleagues to offer school districts flexibility in how they spend money set aside for security in the state budget."They're asking for this, a...
Published: 09/14/18