Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Florida education news: Year in review, spring break, school gardens and more

LOOKING BACK: Schools are closed, everyone is on break. It's the time of year to review the past year's education news. Among the stories: Pasco County battles over boundaries, Hurricane Irma stalls the school year, Hernando County's Moton Elementary falls onto the state watch list.  More from Leon County (Tallahassee Democrat), Monroe County (Keynoter).

BAD ACTS: A Hernando County teacher accused of inappropriately touching an adult education student is back in the classroom.

CALENDARS: The Brevard County School Board considers an earlier spring break than usual and longer holiday vacations for 2018-19, Florida Today reports.

IN COURT: School districts' challenge of HB 7069 remains unresolved as Florida enters 2018, Florida Politics reports. • A circuit court judge rules the Palm Beach County school district does not have to pay the city of West Palm Beach stormwater drainage fees, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Palm Beach school district has several major projects to tackle using its new sales tax revenue, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Sarasota County's Riverview High will expand its International Baccalaureate program to reach out to underrepresented students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Homeland Security and the U.S. Army develop a training program at the University of Central Florida to prepare schools for live shooter threats, the Associated Press reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Florida's new open enrollment rules had little effect on schools in the Treasure Coast, TC Palm reports.

SCIENCE LESSONS: Student gardens at Miami-Dade County elementary schools help improve children's science test scores, WLRN reports.

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Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

After a two month break while awaiting updated financial data, negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the district administration return to bargaining this week, with plans to start talking pay.The United School Employees of Pasco intends ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

TURNAROUNDS: Hernando County's long struggling Moton Elementary School takes advantage of a state "Hope" grant to establish a family resource center for its students and parents. The goal is to help with issues outside school that impact academi...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Things have come full circle as the Hillsborough County School District moves ahead to rebuild fire-ravaged Lee Elementary School.The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that the district negotiated with its insurers that pays full cost of b...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Stating the need for increased funding, about a dozen Pasco County teachers rallied Tuesday outside the school district headquarters for candidates and issues they say support public education."I believe that's what this year's election should really...
Published: 10/16/18
Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Hurricane Michael blasted at least 10 north Florida school districts, razing some campuses and leaving others unusable.Seven districts — Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Liberty and Washington — remain closed indefinitely, a...
Published: 10/16/18
Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

SALES TAX: With limited funding, the campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase relies on parent volunteers to get the word out. If approved, the revenue will pay for air conditioning repairs, among other construction and main...
Published: 10/16/18
Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

The Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 from the November 6 ballot because it failed to inform voters of its true purpose, the court stated in its opinion on the matter, released Monday."That the ballot summary is unclear is best demonstrated b...
Published: 10/15/18
Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Fifteen days after their official launch, Florida's new tax credit scholarships for students who claim being bullied in public school have begun being offered.Families that report any of 13 types of incidents, as outlined in law, are gettin...
Published: 10/15/18
When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

35 miles per hour.That's the wind speed at which the Florida Department of Education has recommended school districts start pulling buses off the road, for safety's sake.The department sent the message to districts as Hurricane Michael churned n...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram's arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Repub...
Published: 10/15/18