Thursday, June 21, 2018

Florida education news: School safety, charter denial, teacher sex and more

BAD ACTS: Investigative report accuses two Lee County teachers of having sex at Heights Elementary School last month, the News-Press reports.

BALLOT BOX: In Pinellas County, a 14th candidate files to run for one of four open seats on the School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School leading the March for Our Lives Movement announce nationwide bus tour to encourage young people to vote, Politico reports. More from the Miami Herald.

SUPER SALARY: If approved by the Lee County School Board today, a new contract could boost Superintendent Greg Adkins' salary from $185,000 to $209,000 — a nearly 13 percent raise, the News-Press reports.

CHARTERS: Lake County School Board denies opening of Orange County group's Montessori charter school, citing problems with financial plans and academic record, the Daily Commercial reports.

FACEBOOK FEUD: A Hillsborough County School Board member says "our children deserve better" after one board member's Facebook messages were leaked, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A Broward County task force of parents whose children were killed in the February school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School deliver plan for heightened security, WLRN reports. More from the Miami Herald. • Sarasota County School Board member calls for community meeting to quell concerns about district's switch to an internal police force, the Herald-Tribune reports.

JOB FINALISTS: The national search for a new police chief of Palm Beach County schools down to six candidates, one of which is the head of the Jupiter Police Department, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PARKLAND: Parents respond to Washington Post story featuring Broward County school resource officer Scot Peterson, who is said to have waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February shooting that left 17 dead, the Miami Herald reports.

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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, ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
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...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

Florida education news: Superintendents, test scores, school safety and more

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Hernando County School Board quickly moves ahead in seeking a new district leader after dumping Lori Romano.BUDGET GAP: Pasco County school district leaders anticipate a budget shortfall as they work to meet new state ...
Updated: 9 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