Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Florida education news: Makeup days, leadership, security and more

MAKEUP DAYS: School districts across Florida had trouble rescheduling their classes to provide enough instructional time after hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall. Pasco County district leaders discovered not all their schools offered the same number of minutes for learning. So they're adjusting bell schedules, lunch periods and passing times to make everything equal, which also should help the next time they have to set up makeup days.

REORGANIZATION: The Hillsborough County school district plans an administrative reorganization to improve its financial picture and refocus its priorities.

COMPLAINT LINE: Pasco County parents with school complaints will have a new district dispute resolution office to work with if they aren't satisfied with school-level responses.

SECURITY: The Volusia County school district is the latest to consider hiring security guards without arrest powers to monitor schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Monroe County sheriff agrees to place an officer at an elementary school that didn't have one, the Keys Weekly reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district seeks $1.2 million in alleged overcharges from AT&T, Spectrum 13 reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn resigns to take over a California-based education nonprofit, Florida Today reports. Blackburn has been on the state's panel investigating the Parkland school shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports.  • The Duval County School Board winnows its superintendent candidate list to three, the Florida Times-Union reports. One of the three is from Manatee County, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FUNDING: Two Florida Democrat lawmakers seek to force a special legislative session on public school funding, Florida Politics reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Duval County teacher who had been arrested four times is fired, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PROM CONTROVERSY: The principal of a Miami high school apologizes for allowing live caged animals at the school's prom, CBS Miami reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Some Sarasota County parents plan to protest a proposed new charter school by Academica, saying it's a for-profit organization not in the community's best interest, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Gadsden County school district works to improve its two low-performing high schools, which merged into one as part of an improvement plan, WTXL reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Two parents of children killed in the Parkland school shooting plan to run for Broward County School Board, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

STREET TRAFFIC: Sarasota County residents and the school district debate a proposal to close a street that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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Sharon Waite will return to Potter Elementary as principal

Sharon Waite will return to Potter Elementary as principal

To continue progress at East Tampa's Potter Elementary School after five consecutive F grades from the state, the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved onetime Potter assistant principal Sharon Waite.Waite, 51, replaces Melanie Hill, w...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

ELECTIONS: A former county official joins the race for a seat on Hernando County School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • In Hillsborough County, one candidate for School Board changes parties and another changes races, the Tampa Bay Times ...
Published: 06/19/18
Former Hernando County official Diane Rowden joins race for School Board

Former Hernando County official Diane Rowden joins race for School Board

Longtime Hernando County resident and former official Diane Rowden threw her hat in the ring for the District 3 seat of the School Board Monday."I just feel like my job is not over with," Rowden, 68, told the Tampa Bay Times ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18
One school board candidate changes parties, another changes races

One school board candidate changes parties, another changes races

Updating Sunday's report on the Hillsborough County School Board races:Scott Hottenstein, one of six candidates for the at-large seat that will be vacated by April Griffin, informs us that he is now a Democrat.After years as a Republican, Hottenstein...
Published: 06/18/18
Florida education news: testing, safety and a gubernatorial candidate’s take on education

Florida education news: testing, safety and a gubernatorial candidate’s take on education

SAFE SCHOOLS: Miami-Dade School District asks local police departments to help put a cop on every campus, WLRN reports.TESTING: Four of Marion County’s worst-performing schools make gains on state tests, the Star-Banner reports. • Duval C...
Published: 06/18/18
Hillsborough test results point to continued struggles in reading

Hillsborough test results point to continued struggles in reading

It's not yet clear if this year's Florida Standard Assessment results will free seven Hillsborough County schools up from outside management, as Superintendent Jeff Eakins had hoped.Things improved at Potter and Booker T. Washington Elementary S...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
School test scores are up all around the state

School test scores are up all around the state

Gov. Rick Scott is doing a victory lap and touting the level of state education funding, with standardized test scores inching up around the state.The numbers released Thursday show a one-point gain in English proficiency rates on the Florida Standar...
Published: 06/14/18
Florida education news: Superintendents fired and hired, election drama and a rally for unions

Florida education news: Superintendents fired and hired, election drama and a rally for unions

OUSTED: Hernando County School Board votes 3-2 to fire Superintendent Lori Romano, the Tampa Bay Times reports.LAWSUITS: A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, threatens legal action against two School B...
Published: 06/13/18
Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

In an email blast on Tuesday, Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accused his opponent, Lorena Grizzle, of "misleading voters."He called Grizzle's recent change of address into question and said voters would "see it for what it i...
Published: 06/12/18
School board race gets first candidate

School board race gets first candidate

Business leader Steve Cona filed Monday to run for Hillsborough County School Board in the District 1 seat that Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House.He is the first to file since Valdes filed her resign-to-run letter on June 8.  A...
Published: 06/12/18