Sunday, July 22, 2018

Florida education news: Bus rides, school repairs, slavery lessons and more

BUS RIDES: Many Florida school districts have eliminated student bus routes, citing excessive costs. Now some state lawmakers aim to reverse that trend, advancing legislation to make it easier to identify hazardous walking routes and provide transportation to even more students. The only hangup remains the potential financial impact, listed at more than $150 million. Sponsor Sen. Greg Steube said he'd fight for the measure regardless: "I don't think there's a better use of taxpayer dollars than to make sure our students are safe."

SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Families and community leaders turn to Tampa city government in hopes of saving Lee Elementary School, which burned after Hurricane Irma.

SLAVERY STUDIES: A new report says Florida and several other states gloss over the details of slavery in their social studies curricula, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AFTER THE STORM: Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria continue to adjust to school in Florida, Education Week reports. • Several Monroe County child care centers continue to seek homes after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the Keys Weekly reports.

IN COURT: A grand jury convenes to examine whether child abuse was taking place in Okaloosa County special education classrooms, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BULLYING: Debate continues over an attempt to create a new tax credit scholarship program for Florida students who say they are bullied in school, the Associated Press reports.

INCLUSION: A Palm Beach County high school's efforts to include everyone at lunch time reaches an international audience, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TIMING MATTERS: Sarasota County school district leaders worry that their superintendent's accusations against a board member will derail their tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAXES: Manatee County school district officials visit groups to explain their property tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House Higher Education Appropriations, 9:30 a.m. • House PreK-12 Appropriations, 12:30 p.m. (One bill on computer science instruction)

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 15, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 15, 2018

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Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

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Published: 07/20/18
State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

After lagging for months, the lawsuit challenging Florida's education funding system gained traction again this week, with lawyers submitting arguments urging the state Supreme Court to kill the case rather than send it back to a lower...
Published: 07/20/18
Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

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Published: 07/20/18
The contest for School Board District 4

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Published: 07/20/18
Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

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Published: 07/19/18
Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

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You heard from the candidates for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1 and District 2. Four of the six candidates for the countywide District 6 seat also interviewed for Times editorial board endorsements. Here is some of what they had to s...
Published: 07/19/18
Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

Supporters of Florida Constitution Revision Commission Amendment 8 focus on the part that would create school board term limits, viewing it as a popular idea that could push the proposal to the 60 percent vote needed for passage.Critics say the measu...
Published: 07/19/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans m...
Published: 07/19/18
Credit recovery high school closes

Credit recovery high school closes

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