Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Florida education news: Diplomas, accountability, snow days and more

DIPLOMAS: High school juniors and seniors who evacuated Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria can complete their diplomas in Florida, under a new agreement between the two governments' education departments. Puerto Rico's graduation requirements differ significantly from Florida's. More on the Puerto Rican exodus, from the Florida Times-Union.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The U.S. Department of Education has asked Florida to offer a new resubmission date for the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan revisions.

SNOW DAYS: With snow in the possible forecast, Leon County schools cancel Wednesday classes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The Alachua County school district closes for Wednesday and Thursday amid threats of freezing rain, the Gainesville Sun reports. More closings from WXTL.

NAME GAME: Florida lawmakers move to eliminate "community" from the state's community college names, the News Service of Florida reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Florida House moves forward legislation that could break up teacher unions around the state, the St. Augustine Record reports.

FREE SPEECH: A conservative group associated with the Koch brothers is promoting legislation to change rules of free expression on public university campuses, Florida Politics reports.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Confusion mars Brevard County's planned reopening of a once-shuttered elementary school, Florida Today reports.

DIVERSITY: The mother of a gay Collier County teen criticizes her School Board's LGBTQ stance, the Naples Daily News reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: A Broward County Democrat proposes offering  scholarships to low-income Floridians attending state college, WLRN reports.

HELPING HAND: A Sarasota fraternity aims to provide under-served students added opportunities with paid internships, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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Pinellas schools support employee up for statewide honor

Pinellas schools support employee up for statewide honor

Debra Canning, a 21st Century iClass liaison for the Pinellas County school district's most struggling schools, has been named a finalist for 2018 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year.Canning, who started working for the district in 2006,...
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Florida education news: Accountability, impasse, turnarounds and more

Florida education news: Accountability, impasse, turnarounds and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: In its original plan, Florida tried to get around certain Every Student Succeeds Act requirements without even asking for a waiver. The feds sent the proposal back, asking for revisions. After several delays, education commission...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida submits revised Every Student Succeeds Act plan

Florida submits revised Every Student Succeeds Act plan

The Florida Department of Education sent in its revised federal school accountability plan Monday, months after the U.S. Education department said multiple revisions were needed.In its updated version, the state said it had filed for a waiver of...
Published: 04/23/18
Hernando teachers union says district “missed the mark” firing teachers at Moton Elementary

Hernando teachers union says district “missed the mark” firing teachers at Moton Elementary

The union for instructional staff in Hernando County is fighting the recent firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary, threatening legal action if the move isn't reversed.Hernando Classroom Teachers Association executive dire...
Published: 04/23/18
West Pasco parent files formal challenge to school district rezoning proposal

West Pasco parent files formal challenge to school district rezoning proposal

Jim Stanley does not give up without a fight.The west Pasco County parent who brought down the school district's 2017 attendance zone revisions, leading the administration to change its procedures along the way, has filed a new challenge to...
Published: 04/23/18
Hillsborough teacher pay plan will get its “day in court”

Hillsborough teacher pay plan will get its “day in court”

There are two competing narratives when it comes to teacher pay in Hillsborough County:One: That a pay plan, negotiated in the glory days of teaching reform, has bled the district dry."Our district has given our employees more than $200 million in pa...
Published: 04/23/18
Florida education news: Substitute teachers, school renovations, turnarounds and more

Florida education news: Substitute teachers, school renovations, turnarounds and more

SUBS: Hillsborough County school district officials learned months ago of misconduct by their substitute teacher service. Leaders demanded quick answers and action. Four months later, they've gotten neither.REBUILDING: The estimates to renovate ...
Published: 04/23/18
Report: Rebuilding Tampa’s Lee Elementary will cost at least $14.9 million

Report: Rebuilding Tampa’s Lee Elementary will cost at least $14.9 million

Rebuilding Robert E. Lee Elementary School will cost far more than $9.2 million, a team of consultants confirmed in a report released Friday.The report was produced by JE Dunn Construction and architect John S. Kidwell. The three rebuild options...
Published: 04/21/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 15, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 15, 2018

Students across Florida conducted another walkout for school safety and gun control this week. It just figures that another school shooting would occur on the same day, this time in Ocala. One student was wounded.  • Don’t miss our w...
Published: 04/21/18
Griffin will hold town hall at Pierce Middle School

Griffin will hold town hall at Pierce Middle School

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin is continuing her tour of town hall meetings with a gathering Monday evening at Pierce Middle School.The session will begin at 6 p.m. at Pierce Middle School, 5511 N Hesperides Street in Town 'N C...
Published: 04/20/18