Sunday, July 22, 2018

Florida education news: Start times, superintendents, branding and more

EARLY TO RISE: Pinellas County school district leaders are discussing whether to start high school classes about 20 minutes later each day. The current situation has students like Kashif Haynes catching the bus at 5 a.m.

BRANDING: The University of South Florida seeks to improve its sense of identity.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho decides not to take New York City's chancellor position, the Miami Herald reports. Remember when he almost became Pinellas superintendent? • Duval County kicks off its superintendent search, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ARMED TEACHERS: Florida's caucus of black lawmakers warns that black children would be subject to more gun violence if teachers are allowed to carry concealed weapons. • The Brevard County teachers union comes out against arming teachers, Florida Today reports. • Lee County teachers call the idea "ridiculous," the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Gov. Rick Scott continues to oppose the proposal, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Citrus County's superintendent takes issue with a county commissioner's social media posts regarding how to improve school security, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Bay County's superintendent will recommend making school entrances more secure, among other school safety plans, the Panama City News Herald reports.

THREATS: Collier County schools experience a surge in threats of violence in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, the Naples Daily News reports. • Four additional Volusia County students are arrested for making threats against their schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Prosecutors say it's hard to pursue these cases because of how state law is written, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

VOLUNTEERING: The Pembroke Pines charter school program that allowed parents to pay their way out of required volunteer hours broke the law, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TODAY: House session, 10:30 a.m. (HB 7101 school safety is on the special order calendar) • Senate session, 1 p.m. (HB 7055 and SB 7026 are on special order calendar) • Appropriations conference committees continue to convene.

Note: There will be no weekly review this week. We plan to continue it again next week.

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

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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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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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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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