Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Florida education news: Bright Futures, rezoning, school repairs and more

BRIGHT FUTURES: Making good on its top priority, the Florida Senate quickly and unanimously approves a bill to make sweeping changes to the state's higher education system. Among the provisions is a plan to expand the Bright Futures scholarship. The legislation next heads to the House.

SCHOOL REPAIRS: Parents at Lee Elementary, the Tampa school gutted by fire in the fall, express frustration at the slow pace of restoring the building and the lack of communication about the work.

REZONING: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning announces students will not have to change schools mid-year after a judge voids the district's recent west-side attendance boundary changes. But he warns another rezoning is likely.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Facing criticism for getting a raise while teachers battle for salaries in negotiations, Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn says he will donate his added pay to charity, Florida Today reports.

FINANCES: An auditor says the Manatee County school district's financial management is improving, but not yet where it should be, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: The Manatee County school district plans to build a new school to ease crowding, but doesn't plan to make it an enhanced hurricane shelter, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Marion County School Board approves $5.4 million in added employee compensation, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Flagler County School Board considers sharing some of its supplemental state funding with its local charter schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: A Citrus County teacher is suspended after her arrest on accusations of selling marijuana from her home, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

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Eakins takes school districtís story to Ballast Point

Eakins takes school districtís story to Ballast Point

TAMPA — First, the disclaimer: "I'm not here to tell you how to vote," Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins told his audience. "I'm here to educate you about why we're here."From there, in his Tuesday evening presentati...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

School for black students in Pinellas County is getting better, according to a report detailing the school district's progress a year into its effort to close the educational achievement gap by 2027.Of the six measures included in...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

After their school earned a D grade for its first year in operation, educators from Plato Academy Pinellas Park presented an improvement plan to Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday, pointing to plans to improve&#...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

For the past several months, Pasco County school employees have agitated for pay raises this year.School Board members said they'd look for ways to direct more money into salaries, but so far haven't found much. The current proposal contemplates abou...
Updated: 12 hours ago
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...
Published: 09/18/18
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...
Published: 09/18/18
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