Monday, October 15, 2018

Florida education news: Parkland, pot, PETA and more

PARKLAND: Parents of students at Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High honor "Guardian Angels" for patrolling school grounds since the shooting there in February, when 17 people were killed, WLRN reports.

CLOSING THE GAP: Equity director for Alachua County schools calls for "cultural shift" as she prepares to present to the School Board a plan to close the district's achievement gap, the Gainesville Sun reports.

ANIMALS: People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, known at PETA, asks Forest High School to remove animals from agriculture program after viral video of raccoon drowning, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The Sarasota County School Board will vote Tuesday on new agreement that could lose now certified teachers their ability to teach college-level courses at Pine View School for gifted students, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BULLET TAX: Democratic candidate for Florida governor Chris King proposes "safety fee" in form of additional 6 percent tax on firearm ammunition to fuel safety programs in Florida schools, Florida Politics reports.

GRADUATION: A blind senior from in Duval County recounts trials and triumphs as she graduates from Atlantic Coast High School, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PRINCIPAL ERROR: A private school principal in Osceola County admits to Florida Department of Education that he knew his athletics supervisor was a felon, but not that hiring him violated state law, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

POT PROBLEM: Two high school students were taken to the hospital after eating a chocolate bar laced with marijuana at Boynton Beach Community High School, the Miami Herald reports.

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Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Frustrated by three years of failed attempts to fight legislative actions deemed unfriendly to teachers, Florida Education Association members on Friday ousted the group's leadership team in favor of challengers who pledged to "rebuild our power...
Published: 10/13/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

With elections less than a month off, Floridians have focused attention on who will be the people setting education policy for the next two or four years. They’re homing in on policy positions such as teacher pay, tax rates and school safety, a...
Published: 10/13/18
It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school teachers.The Florida Education Association advocates for the state's...
Published: 10/12/18
Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Reacting to cramped and crowded classrooms, a Fivay High School student created a 5-minute video depicting the situation and urging Pasco County communities to "take action."The video, which aired in the school news report and is posted on the school...
Published: 10/12/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

TEACHER PAY: State Sen. Kevin Rader says he will refile his bill to set Florida minimum teacher pay at $50,000. It's a key piece of Democrat Andrew Gillum's education platform in his campaign for governor. Rader predicts if Gillum wins, the meas...
Published: 10/12/18
Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

It's a quarter of the way through Florida's school year, and some schools continue to grapple with implementation of two key requirements, one new and one old.Leaders remain uncertain of exactly how often to run active shooter drills, required by the...
Published: 10/11/18
Hillsborough school district will sell more land

Hillsborough school district will sell more land

The Hillsborough County School District stands to raise close to $3 million by selling off surplus land in a series of transactions that will come before the School Board on Tuesday.The board already approved a $575,000 deal on an office building in ...
Published: 10/11/18
Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

The personnel file for a Carwise Middle School resource officer who retired amid sexual harassment allegations this week shows a nearly spotless 20-year history with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Deputy Bernard D'Agostino, 52, was hired b...
Published: 10/11/18
Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: ‘If Gillum wins, this bill passes.’

Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: ‘If Gillum wins, this bill passes.’

Florida Sen. Kevin Rader is hopeful that 2019 will be the year his "Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act" passes.The Boca Raton Democrat said he plans to file the bill to increase teachers' minimum salaries to $50,000 for the fourth consecutive time. And he ...
Published: 10/11/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

TEACHER PAY: In the race for Florida governor, Democrat Andrew Gillum proposes lifting teachers' starting pay to $50,000. The idea gains support from people who see educators as underpaid, but raises serious questions about whether it can happen...
Published: 10/11/18