Florida education news: School leadership, Schools of Hope, school choice and more

Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins explains the district's stance on its turnaround plan implementation to the Florida Board of Education on Jan. 17, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins explains the district's stance on its turnaround plan implementation to the Florida Board of Education on Jan. 17, 2018. [The Florida Channel]
Published January 18 2018

LEADERSHIP: The Florida Board of Education has insisted over the past few years that schools with consistently poor performance on state tests get new principals. This week, it targeted four Hillsborough County schools for their failure to follow through on that expectation. More on the four principals.

SCHOOLS OF HOPE: Months after the Legislature approved the model, the Florida Board of Education sets rules for charter school operators to establish "Schools of Hope" in neighborhoods with low-performing district schools. Read the rule here. • A Gadsden County elementary school is among the low-performing district schools awarded a "Schools of Hope" transformation grant in a second round of funding, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TIME TO GO: The principal of Hernando County's struggling Moton Elementary abruptly resigns.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Some Pasco County parents demand more information on the options for their children as their high school is converted into a magnet technical program.

HIGHER ED: St. Petersburg civic leaders scoff at a legislative plan to reunite the University of South Florida's three campuses into a single entity. • The Florida House adds an "intellectual freedom" component to the Senate's priority sweeping higher education reform bill, the News Service of Florida reports.

TERM LIMITS: A Florida House committee advances a resolution to ask voters to impose school board term limits. Several members ask for changes to the proposal.

IN COURT: Hernando County superintendent Lori Romano seeks a restraining order against her neighbor.

GUNS ON CAMPUS: A Plant City High School student is arrested for having a loaded gun at school.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida is among 11 states that do not meet federal education guidelines for foster children, the Chronicle for Social Change reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk County teachers ratify a new contract, the News Chief reports.

REVENUE SHARING: The Duval County school district will send $3.8 million in capital projects property tax revenue to charter schools by the end of January, WJCT reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Plans to relieve crowding at a Broward County high school will cost twice as much as anticipated, raising questions over whether the district's $800 million bond issue was enough, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: KIPP is poised to launch its second Florida operation, in Miami, WLRN reports.

HELPING HAND: Community leaders rally behind a vandalized Volusia County elementary school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION: Some Levy County students with learning or behavior problems are told they must ride the bus to school, WUFT reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County teacher is arrested on allegations of having sex with an underage student, WESH reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House Education, 9 a.m. •  Early Learning Programs Estimating Conference, 9 a.m. • House PreK-12 Appropriations, 1 p.m. • Senate Rules takes up a bill on lawmakers visiting schools, 1:30 p.m. • Senate Appropriations takes up a bill on McKay Scholarships, 4 p.m.

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