Sunday, April 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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Report: Rebuilding Tampa’s Lee Elementary will cost at least $14.9 million

Report: Rebuilding Tampa’s Lee Elementary will cost at least $14.9 million

Rebuilding Robert E. Lee Elementary School will cost far more than $9.2 million, a team of consultants confirmed in a report released Friday.The report was produced by JE Dunn Construction and architect John S. Kidwell. The three rebuild options...
Published: 04/21/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 15, 2018

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

Students across Florida conducted another walkout for school safety and gun control this week. It just figures that another school shooting would occur on the same day, this time in Ocala. One student was wounded.  • Don’t miss our w...
Published: 04/21/18
Griffin will hold town hall at Pierce Middle School

Griffin will hold town hall at Pierce Middle School

Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin is continuing her tour of town hall meetings with a gathering Monday evening at Pierce Middle School.The session will begin at 6 p.m. at Pierce Middle School, 5511 N Hesperides Street in Town 'N C...
Published: 04/20/18
Leon County judge issues formal order in HB 7069 case

Leon County judge issues formal order in HB 7069 case

Leon County Judge John Cooper has boiled his order against 13 Florida school districts' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of HB 7069 down to writing.As announced two weeks ago, Cooper found against the districts' arguments that the Legislatur...
Published: 04/20/18
Florida education news: Student walkouts, security, constitutional amendments and more

Florida education news: Student walkouts, security, constitutional amendments and more

STUDENT PROTESTS: Aiming to keep their gun control and school safety message alive, high school students around the Tampa Bay area and Florida will hold another class walkout in memory of the 1999 Columbine shooting. "After Parkland, I've f...
Published: 04/20/18
Gradebook podcast: Arming Florida’s school employees – Bay County takes a closer look

Gradebook podcast: Arming Florida’s school employees – Bay County takes a closer look

Florida lawmakers recently created a program to allow schools to have armed employees on campus, as part of an expanded security measure. Most superintendents and school boards have balked. But not the folks in Bay County, in Florida's Panhandle, whe...
Published: 04/19/18
Florida education proposal tagged as Amendment 8 (sound familiar?)

Florida education proposal tagged as Amendment 8 (sound familiar?)

The Florida Constitution Revision's already controversial education proposal is quickly gaining its own social media tag based on its anticipated spot on the November ballot — #Amendment8.If that sounds familiar to education advocates across th...
Published: 04/19/18
Florida education news: Student activists, budget cuts, parent voices and more

Florida education news: Student activists, budget cuts, parent voices and more

STUDENT ACTIVISTS: After the Parkland school shooting, high school students across the Tampa Bay area and Florida rose up to say 'never again.' Articulate and poised, the students galvanized the nation on the key issues of school safety and gun ...
Published: 04/19/18
Teacher asks Pasco County School Board to revise its policy on service animals

Teacher asks Pasco County School Board to revise its policy on service animals

Pasco County school district rules are clear: Service animals helping students or staff are allowed in schools and district property.What's more vague is what to do with service animals in training.Wesley Chapel High School science teacher Susan...
Published: 04/18/18
Hillsborough district looks for rebuilding firms at Lee Elementary

Hillsborough district looks for rebuilding firms at Lee Elementary

Despite insisting no decision has been made concerning fire-ravaged Robert E. Lee Elementary School, the Hillsborough County School District this week invited contractors to step forward if they can rebuild the school.The district anticipates a budge...
Published: 04/18/18