Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Florida education news: Testing, graduation, school choice and more

TEST SCORES: After a year of review and discussion, the Florida Board of Education adopts new, higher passing scores that can replace students' Algebra I and 10th-grade language arts graduation requirements. The board agreed to add the PSAT as an additional low-cost option to replace the PERT, which it deleted as an alternate to the state Algebra exam. Some students and educators urged the board not to increase the standard, which will apply to students entering high school beginning in August. But the board was not interested in decreasing standards. More from News Service of Florida.

GRADUATION DAY: Worried that heels would sink into Tropicana Field's turf, a Seminole High senior and her friends decided Crocs would be a good choice to wear at commencement. She appealed to the shoe company, which donated 124 pairs. • Graduations are under way in the Tampa Bay area, and will continue through early June.

SCHOOL CHOICE: The Pasco County school district offers a second round of  open enrollment application.

236 DAYS: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart says her official last day in office will coincide with Gov. Rick Scott's final day.

SICK SCHOOL: Pasco County's Hudson Elementary School is hit hard by a stomach virus that keeps home more than 100 students, WTSP reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Duval County School Board conducts the first of three superintendent finalist interviews, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: The Florida Education Association endorses outgoing state Rep. Janet Cruz in her bid to unseat Tampa state Sen. Dana Young, Florida Politics reports.

DROWNED RACCOONS: Marion County superintendent Heidi Maier recommends firing a high school agriculture teacher who drowned two raccoons during class, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. The teacher's former students have come to his defense, the Star-Banner reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teacher contract talks stall over salary, dress code and workload, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CAREER TRAINING: A construction academy at Bartow High has proven so successful that the Polk County school district plans to replicate it at four other sites, the Ledger reports.

NO DIPLOMAS: Miami-Dade County schools have steered many immigrant teens into adult education programs, where they do not take standardized tests that count in state accountability programs, the Miami Herald reports.

CLEARED: A Broward County teacher is cleared of calling a conservative student the "next Hitler" as investigators find no corroborating evidence, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RENOVATIONS: A Leon County high school makes plans for a complete campus overhaul, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Florida charter school enrollment rises to almost 296,000 students, Redefined reports.

BAD ACTS: A Duval County substitute bus driver is fired amid allegations of inappropriate contact with students, WJXT reports.

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New name, veterinary science center for Pinellas Technical High School after $5 million donation

New name, veterinary science center for Pinellas Technical High School after $5 million donation

After a unanimous vote by the Pinellas County School Board Tuesday, Pinellas Technical High School will be renamed to honor the late businessman and philanthropist Richard O. Jacobson of Clearwater.A foundation in his name recently gave $5 milli...
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Six of seven ‘just one of many ideas’ to get more money to Pasco teachers, official says

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Published: 09/25/18
Pinellas school officials push for solution to attendance problems at Plato Academy Pinellas Park

Pinellas school officials push for solution to attendance problems at Plato Academy Pinellas Park

The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday okayed an improvement plan for Plato Academy Pinellas Park, which earned a D grade last year.Lisa Cunningham, principal of the charter school, presented the plan to officials during a workshop last week. Sh...
Published: 09/25/18
Gum is not a food: Pasco schools seek ‘common sense’ tweaks to football game security

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Published: 09/25/18
Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

BONUS CHALLENGE: The Florida Education Association's legal challenge of the "Best and Brightest" bonus program is headed to mediation for a possible resolution. The union contends the program discriminates against educators of a certain age and ...
Published: 09/25/18
Florida ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

Florida ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

A year-old case contending Florida's "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program discriminates against educators of a certain age or race is headed to mediation in November.The complaint focuses on the part of the 2015 program that relies upon...
Published: 09/24/18
Hillsborough Sheriff joins oversight board for school tax

Hillsborough Sheriff joins oversight board for school tax

Sheriff Chad Chronister has agreed to serve as vice chair of an oversight committee for the proposed half-cent sales tax to benefit the Hillsborough County Public Schools.The school district announced his selection Monday morning. Betty Castor, who s...
Published: 09/24/18
First donations are logged in school referendum campaign

First donations are logged in school referendum campaign

Strengthen Our Schools, the political committee that is promoting the half-cent sales tax to benefit the Hillsborough County Public Schools, reported its first $150,600 in contributions this week.The biggest checks, each for $75,000, came from the Hi...
Published: 09/24/18
Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

SCHOLARSHIPS: Several weeks into the school year, Florida's newest student scholarships are getting closer to reality. More than 2,700 children have applied for a Reading Scholarship, while car dealers will be allowed to start offering tax credi...
Published: 09/24/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

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