Saturday, October 20, 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 Oct. 14, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 14, 2018

Frustrated with a string of legislative losses, the Florida Education Association — the state’s largest teacher union — selected new leadership for the coming three years. New president Fed Ingram promised to “start winning ag...
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Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

A Northeast High School student who mangled his fingers using a table saw in class in 2016 is suing the Pinellas County School Board for negligence, asking for at least $15,000 in damages.According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 12, Brandon Jacob ...
Published: 10/19/18
State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

Eighty-eight Florida schools will join 630 others in gaining relief from some state education laws as "Schools of Excellence."The recognition, developed by lawmakers in 2017 as part of HB 7069, grants principals greater autonomy in daily operations, ...
Published: 10/19/18
Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

CLIMATE SURVEY: Large majorities of Pinellas County teachers say they feel valued and safe at their schools. District officials plan to break down these and other survey results by school, and use the information to make any needed improvements....
Published: 10/19/18
New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

Pinellas County schools recently wrapped up a new type of survey which asked school-level staff to evaluate aspects about their workplace.The results show about 70 percent of the 3,952 respondents agree that they feel valued by the adm...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Contending the school district has more money available than it has discussed, the United School Employees of Pasco requested 4.5 percent raises plus a nonrecurring bonus for all its support personnel during negotiations Wednesday.A similar requ...
Published: 10/18/18
Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

As a Florida state lawmaker, John Legg often spoke about how the final two years of high school were becoming less important to students who had already passed many of their graduation requirements and could benefit from better preparation for colleg...
Published: 10/18/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County's school employees union prepares to make a salary request that exceeds what district officials have said is available. The sides have delayed negotiations two months while awaiting updated financial information. •...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

In advance of selling $67.5 million in certificates of participation, the Pasco County school district sent several high level officials to New York to pitch for a good credit rating.The effort paid off, chief finance officer Olga Swinson told t...
Published: 10/17/18
Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

After a two month break while awaiting updated financial data, negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the district administration return to bargaining this week, with plans to start talking pay.The United School Employees of Pasco intends ...
Published: 10/17/18