Tuesday, September 25, 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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New name, veterinary science center for Pinellas Technical High School after $5 million donation

New name, veterinary science center for Pinellas Technical High School after $5 million donation

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Updated: 8 hours ago
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Updated: 11 hours ago
Pinellas school officials push for solution to attendance problems at Plato Academy Pinellas Park

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Gum is not a food: Pasco schools seek ‘common sense’ tweaks to football game security

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Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

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Published: 09/25/18
Florida ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

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Hillsborough Sheriff joins oversight board for school tax

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Published: 09/24/18
First donations are logged in school referendum campaign

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Strengthen Our Schools, the political committee that is promoting the half-cent sales tax to benefit the Hillsborough County Public Schools, reported its first $150,600 in contributions this week.The biggest checks, each for $75,000, came from the Hi...
Published: 09/24/18
Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

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