Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Florida education news: Student discipline, tax credit scholarships, superintendents and more

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Pinellas County school district changes its approach to student discipline, employing "restorative" practices instead of relying on suspension and expulsion. The goal is to address student conflict head-on instead of pushing it to the side.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Tampa Bay-based Step Up for Students controls the vast majority of Florida's tax credit scholarships for low-income students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Voters across Florida could decide whether all district superintendents must be appointed, TC Palm reports. The majority currently are elected.

SCHOOL GRADES: A Citrus County School Board member raises concerns that state school grades could drop as the Department of Education applies HB 7069 rules retroactively, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

LIABILITY: A Palm Beach County teacher has his car stolen and trashed by students while he was in class, and learns he is responsible for the costs his district won't cover, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SECOND CHANCE: A Palm Beach County school administrator fired for sexually harassing a student and two employees gets a top job at the local Boys and Girls Club, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Hernando school board: Longtime educator Duval takes over as chairperson

Hernando school board: Longtime educator Duval takes over as chairperson

Susan Duval, a longtime Hernando County principal who was reelected earlier this year to a second term on the School Board, is the School Board's new chairperson. The board named her to the position during an organizational meeting Tuesday, the ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Megan Harding resigned her teaching post after decisively claiming the District 5 seat.
Updated: 12 hours ago
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Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/20/18
Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/19/18
Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Administrators and support staff in Pinellas County schools will get a boost in salary and benefits just in time for the holidays, following a recent, unanimous vote by the School Board.Months of negotiations between the district and two employe...
Published: 11/19/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

Across Florida, local voters have agreed time and again to tax themselves more as a way to support school needs. Yet they live in a state where lawmakers keep pushing for lower taxes. How will this apparent discrepancy play out? Read on for that and ...
Published: 11/17/18
Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher contracts

The sides remain millions apart in salary talks.
Published: 11/16/18
Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

TAMPA – In between speeches about Lee Elementary School and the debate to rename Lee, the Hillsborough County School Board on Thursday also approved 17 administrative assignments that included new leaders at four schools.Andrew Olson is being t...
Published: 11/16/18
Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/16/18
Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

State law forbids district employees from serving on the board.
Published: 11/15/18