Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Gradebook podcast: The “Reality check, it’s going to pass anyway” edition

Each year, the Florida Legislature seems to find controversy in an education measure that dominates discussion for days, if not weeks. This year, that’s HB 7055. Education reporters Jeff Solochek and Emily Mahoney talk about the latest on the bill, its connection to the budget and the growing disagreements. Plus, a short conversation on how much school choice the state can afford.

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Will my Florida third-grader have to repeat the grade?

Will my Florida third-grader have to repeat the grade?

More than half of Florida's school districts end classes this week and head to summer break.Their third graders still don't know whether they've earned promotion to fourth grade: Their results on the state language arts test, a requirement for advanc...
Published: 05/22/18
Pasco County charter school gets new leader

Pasco County charter school gets new leader

Classical Preparatory School, founded in 2014, will have a new head of school as it expands its enrollment and adds another new building.The Pasco County charter school's leader, Ben Davis, has taken a new job at a Christian school in California. Tak...
Published: 05/22/18
U.S. Marine vet to lead Pasco County school safety effort

U.S. Marine vet to lead Pasco County school safety effort

A retired U.S. Marine who deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other hotspots during his 24-year career will become the Pasco County school district's first safety and security director, a position created in the aftermath of the February mass s...
Published: 05/22/18
Florida education news: Teacher action, bullied students, school safety and more

Florida education news: Teacher action, bullied students, school safety and more

TEACHER ACTION: Many Florida teachers have questioned why educators in other states have taken bold actions to advocate for better school funding, while here the moves have been more muted. FEA vice president Fed Ingram seeks to tap into that se...
Published: 05/22/18
Florida Department of Education prepares rules to govern scholarships for bullied students

Florida Department of Education prepares rules to govern scholarships for bullied students

Families of children who have been bullied or harassed in a Florida public school soon will have access to state scholarships to attend private schools instead.But first, the State Board of Education must set the rules for how the controversial "Hope...
Published: 05/21/18
Pasco County schools take precautions against flu, virus

Pasco County schools take precautions against flu, virus

With Hudson Elementary socked with sickness-related absences, the Pasco County school district has instructed all principals and plant managers to take extra steps to prevent additional outbreaks.Maintenance director Mark Fox called for immediat...
Published: 05/21/18
Have we been here before?

Have we been here before?

Yes we have. For almost a year, the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers union have been trying to reach agreement on salaries for the school year that will end in four days.Another session is planned at 2 p.m.As reported previously, ...
Published: 05/21/18
Florida teachers union vice president challenges for top spot, calls for end to status quo

Florida teachers union vice president challenges for top spot, calls for end to status quo

Fed Ingram has his eye set on the top job in Florida's statewide teacher union.Ingram, vice president of the Florida Education Association for the past three years, has launched a bid to oust president Joanne McCall at a time when teacher union activ...
Published: 05/21/18
Florida education news: Testing, zoning, and more

Florida education news: Testing, zoning, and more

TESTING: School's almost out for summer in Florida. At least the state testing season has concluded, this time without any significant widespread problems. Education commissioner Pam Stewart said more than 5 million computerized and paper exams ...
Published: 05/21/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of May 13, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of May 13, 2018

The Florida legislative session ended weeks ago. But the debate over lawmakers’ funding of public education continued to surface. House Democrats called for a special session to revisit the budget, while House Republican leaders attacked the cr...
Published: 05/19/18