Monday, June 25, 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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Retiring Pasco School Board incumbent Luikart recommends candidate to replace him

Retiring Pasco School Board incumbent Luikart recommends candidate to replace him

Four hopefuls will appear on the August ballot to replace Pasco School Board District 5 representative Steve Luikart, who chose not to seek a third term.One of them stands out above the others, said Luikart, who met with all four to share his in...
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Florida education news: Teacher hiring, candidate qualifying, civics lessons and more

Florida education news: Teacher hiring, candidate qualifying, civics lessons and more

STAFFING PRIORITIES: Hillsborough County's most struggling schools seek to attract more top teachers and provide more services in hopes of boosting performance.CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Qualifying for August school board elections yields several cand...
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On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

These are the candidates who qualified Friday for the Hillsborough County School Board elections in August and November 2018.District 1, northwest Hillsborough and Town 'N Country:This is a special election to replace Susan Valdes, who resigned, effe...
Published: 06/22/18
Updated: 06/23/18
Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, as the two hopefuls qualified just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their seats amid a ...
Published: 06/22/18
Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates have lined up in races for three seats open on the Hernando County School Board, including incumbents Mark Johnson and Susan Duval.Johnson, who was elected to the board's District 1 seat in 2014, faces challenger ...
Published: 06/22/18
Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ten candidates qualified to run for three Pasco County School Board seats as the ballot officially closed at noon Friday.All of them had announced their plans well in advance, and rumors of a last-minute hopeful never materialized.The District 5 race...
Published: 06/22/18
Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

As Pasco County school district officials discussed converting Ridgewood High School into a technical school, some leaders kept asking one question: What if the school actually improved its academic performance, making the change unnecessary?The scho...
Published: 06/22/18
Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

TAKE A KNEE: Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say students do not have an unqualified, clearly established right to kneel during the daily pledge to the flag, rebutting a family's lawsuit contending otherwise.SUMMER LEARNING: So...
Published: 06/22/18
Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County report cards going virtual

Pasco County parents should not check the mailbox for their children's report cards this summer.The grades are coming online only.After months of planning, the district will release fourth-quarter report cards in the online MyStudent grading system, ...
Published: 06/21/18
Pasco school district rebuts family’s Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Pasco school district rebuts family’s Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit

Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say the principal of Wiregrass Elementary School and a first grade teacher there did nothing wrong in their treatment of a student who took a knee while his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance last...
Published: 06/21/18