Monday, June 18, 2018

Florida education news: Board races, memorials, dismissals and more

BOARD RACES: Even as Florida's government leaders discuss the need for school board term limits, Tampa Bay area board races are heating up. Veteran Hillsborough board member April Griffin announces she will not seek another term, leaving room for one of six announced hopefuls to ascend to the post. Meanwhile, long-time Pasco board member Allen Altman draws his second challenger in former teacher Kenneth Mathis.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Pinellas County's Seminole High School unveils a sculpture honoring the founder of its Gay-Straight Alliance, who died in the Pulse shootings.

DISPUTED FIRING: A teacher at a Miami Catholic school is fired after marrying her same-sex partner, causing an uproar among parents, the Miami Herald reports.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: The Miami-Dade County school district revises its policies to reduce the use of the Baker Act on young children, the Miami Herald reports. More from WLRN.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: South Florida schools are struggling to find enough substitute teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

REVENUE SHARING: The Broward and Orange county school districts grudgingly hand over a portion of their capital projects tax revenue to charter schools after being warned by the state to do so, WLRN reports.

TENSIONS: The Sarasota County superintendent accuses a board member of sexual harassment, and the board member fires back, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HOUSING: Providing affordable housing for employees could cost the Monroe County school district about $2.5 million, the Keynoter reports.

FINANCES: An outside consultant says the Manatee County school district's financial situation has dramatically improved, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ON THE WAY OUT: Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa was being aggressively recruited for several jobs, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ADVANCED WORK: Lake County will launch its first Cambridge program at Leesburg High, the Daily Commercial reports.

FREE SPEECH: Some University of Central Florida students want to see some speech curtailed on campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

OPEN SPACE: The St. Johns County school district has trouble finding space to deal with its fast-growing enrollment, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A Volusia County deputy is questioned after video emerges of his slamming a high school student to the ground while trying to break up an argument, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A Collier County teacher is allowed to resign after making contact with a minor over Facebook, the Naples Daily News reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: Senate Education, 3:30 p.m. On the agenda, SB 1644 on instructional materials.

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Hillsborough test results point to continued struggles in reading

Hillsborough test results point to continued struggles in reading

It's not yet clear if this year's Florida Standard Assessment results will free seven Hillsborough County schools up from outside management, as Superintendent Jeff Eakins had hoped.Things improved at Potter and Booker T. Washington Elementary S...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
School test scores are up all around the state

School test scores are up all around the state

Gov. Rick Scott is doing a victory lap and touting the level of state education funding, with standardized test scores inching up around the state.The numbers released Thursday show a one-point gain in English proficiency rates on the Florida Standar...
Published: 06/14/18
Florida education news: Superintendents fired and hired, election drama and a rally for unions

Florida education news: Superintendents fired and hired, election drama and a rally for unions

OUSTED: Hernando County School Board votes 3-2 to fire Superintendent Lori Romano, the Tampa Bay Times reports.LAWSUITS: A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, threatens legal action against two School B...
Published: 06/13/18
Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

In an email blast on Tuesday, Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accused his opponent, Lorena Grizzle, of "misleading voters."He called Grizzle's recent change of address into question and said voters would "see it for what it i...
Published: 06/12/18
School board race gets first candidate

School board race gets first candidate

Business leader Steve Cona filed Monday to run for Hillsborough County School Board in the District 1 seat that Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House.He is the first to file since Valdes filed her resign-to-run letter on June 8.  A...
Published: 06/12/18
Lawyer threatens legal action against Hernando School Board members, says they violated contract with superintendent

Lawyer threatens legal action against Hernando School Board members, says they violated contract with superintendent

A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, emailed School Board members Monday night threatening legal action against two of the officials she says violated the top adminstrator's contract wit...
Published: 06/12/18
Florida education news: tight budgets, changing posts and a TV debut

Florida education news: tight budgets, changing posts and a TV debut

CHANGING POSTS: Hillsborough County School Board member announces candidacy for spot in Florida House of Representatives the Tampa Bay Times reports.BUDGET: Hernando County schools superintendent releases list of budget priorities to be presented to ...
Published: 06/12/18
Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

She moved against one of the most powerful school superintendents in the nation – and won. She championed the rights of Latino students while running afoul of the teachers' union.Now Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes is ...
Published: 06/11/18
Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Amidst tough conversations about how to fund new school safety measures recently required by state, Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano is set to present to the School Board items she thinks should make the cut into the distr...
Published: 06/11/18
Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

MENTAL HEALTH: Davion Only, the St. Petersburg foster kid who pleaded in church for anyone to adopt him, graduates with family looking on, the Tampa Bay Times reports.PARKLAND: Palm Beach County supervisor of elections says nearly 4,000 youth under 2...
Published: 06/11/18