Tuesday, August 21, 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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State responds to challenge of six bundled amendment proposals, calls them proper

State responds to challenge of six bundled amendment proposals, calls them proper

Hours after a Leon County judge tossed proposed constitutional Amendment 8 off the November ballot, calling it misleading, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a 47-page document asking the Supreme Court to leave the measure and five ot...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Public invited to weigh in on USF consolidation in town halls

Public invited to weigh in on USF consolidation in town halls

As the University of South Florida System hones the specifics of its consolidation into a single USF, the school is inviting the public to weigh in at a series of town halls.The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 22 at USF Tampa. There ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Lawyers to get their 20 minutes in Florida’s long-running education equity suit

Lawyers to get their 20 minutes in Florida’s long-running education equity suit

The paperwork in Florida's nine-year-old education equity lawsuit has grown so voluminous that the plaintiff's lawyer asked the state Supreme Court for oral arguments.The court has granted 20 minutes per side.The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 8, two...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

A Leon county judge ordered Monday that Amendment 8, the measure that seeks to create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the ballot.Circuit Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgement...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Incumbent Pasco County School Board member loses Republican support over Common Core

Incumbent Pasco County School Board member loses Republican support over Common Core

Two-term Pasco County School Board member Cynthia Armstrong has long been a stalwart of county community and political activism, with deep ties in several organizations including the Republican Party.When it came time for the Republican Executive Com...
Published: 08/20/18
Florida education news: Lunch lines, shooter drills, shots fired and more

Florida education news: Lunch lines, shooter drills, shots fired and more

LUNCH LINES: Students and parents at some Pasco County high schools complain that schedule changes have created lunchtime woes, with too long lines and not enough time to eat.SHOOTER DRILLS: The Pinellas County school district releases vide...
Published: 08/20/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 12, 2018

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

Florida’s schools aren’t getting enough qualified applicants to fill all their teaching jobs. Even the once unconvinced state Board of Education is acknowledging the issue. The question is, what to do about it. Teachers will say, stop mic...
Published: 08/18/18
Students, parents complain about 30-minute lunches in Pasco schools

Students, parents complain about 30-minute lunches in Pasco schools

Back in May, Pasco County school district officials moved to streamline schools' daily schedules to ensure every student gets the same amount of education.The action came after the district found not every school operated the same, as it tried to pla...
Published: 08/17/18
Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

The Pinellas County school system has released three videos it plans to show students in the coming days in preparation for the "active assailant drills" that are to begin soon in schools.Kindergarden through second grade:Grades 3-5:Middle and high s...
Published: 08/17/18
Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

The Leon County Courthouse was the scene Friday for the first of what looks to be several showdowns over the fate of Amendment 8, a Constitution Revision Commission proposal to change portions of the state constitution's education article.The proposa...
Published: 08/17/18