Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Florida education news: State funding, teacher tenure, high school graduations and more

SPECIAL SESSION? The Florida Legislature ended its spring session amid criticism of its public education budget, which added 47 cents to the base per-student allocation for general operations. Thirty-five House Democrats have filed a petition to poll lawmakers about returning to Tallahassee so they can reconsider the funding plan.

TENURE: A new report suggests Florida's move to eliminate teacher "tenure" in 2011 had limited effect on improving student academic performance.

GRADUATION: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston held a contest in which the winning high school would get him to speak at graduation. A Pasco County school won, but turns out the prize isn't available.

TEACHER TESTS: The passing rate on Florida's teacher certification exams remains low for a third consecutive year, Scripps reports.

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS: A civil rights group demands the Miami-Dade County school district stop diverting teen immigrants from high school into adult education, the Miami Herald reports. Experts say finding the right education options for arriving immigrants can be difficult, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Two internal candidates are the frontrunners to become Brevard County's next superintendent, Florida Today reports. • The Duval County School Board interviews the second of three finalists for its superintendent post, WJXT reports. If Manatee superintendent Diana Greene gets the job, the Manatee district has some big decisions ahead, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Orange County deputy superintendent Jesus Jara inks a three-year deal to lead the Clark County, Nev., school district, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Florida schools will receive $84.5 million in federal funds to further help with recovery from 2017 hurricanes, TC Palm reports.

TEACHER TRANSFERS: Dozens of Duval County teachers face involuntary job transfers as the district eliminates positions to balance its budget, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: Citrus County leaders continue to debate which agency, if any,  will pay to place officers in every public school, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • The Gulf County School Board decides against arming its employees, for now, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Brevard County teacher faces termination after porn turns up on his school-issue laptop, the Brevard Times reports. • Marion County School Board members show little support for a teacher accused of drowning raccoons with students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Six students and one parent are arrested after a fight at a Broward County school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Florida education news: Attendance, teacher pay, school names and more

Florida education news: Attendance, teacher pay, school names and more

GO TO SCHOOL: A Pinellas County charter school attributes its poor student performance to high absenteeism. School district officials encourage charter leaders to get the problem under control, perhaps by offering transportation.TEACHER PAY:...
Updated: 3 hours ago
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...
Published: 09/25/18
Six of seven ‘just one of many ideas’ to get more money to Pasco teachers, official says

Six of seven ‘just one of many ideas’ to get more money to Pasco teachers, official says

The idea of having Pasco County teachers work longer days in exchange for more pay has generated significant opposition since school district administrators floated the concept in late August.At the time, officials said they were serious about the "s...
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

Gum is not a food: Pasco schools seek ‘common sense’ tweaks to football game security

With news of shootings at high school football games in other parts of Florida still fresh, the Pasco County school district amped up security at its sporting events, beginning Sept. 14.It didn't take long for some spectators to spot some flaws in th...
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