Thursday, September 20, 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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Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Recess and physical education classes at two south Pinellas County schools were moved inside this week due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that continues to plague area beaches with throngs of dead fish and an unmistakable foul odor.Pr...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesn’t define her

Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesn’t define her

Early in the election cycle, Pasco County School Board candidate Tara O'Connor received criticism over her long list of supporters who are elected officials.Now, O'Connor is taking hits for accepting a $1,000 campaign contribution from Charter School...
Published: 09/19/18
Pasco board member presses colleagues, staff to set priorities

Pasco board member presses colleagues, staff to set priorities

As several teachers urged the Pasco School Board to improve their wages, one board member hammered home his view that the district has not followed through on raises despite setting that priority three straight years.Steve Luikart, who retires i...
Published: 09/19/18
Florida education news: Policy proposals, achievement gap, tax plans and more

Florida education news: Policy proposals, achievement gap, tax plans and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis unveils his education plan for Florida, as Democrat Andrew Gillum highlights his proposals. Their positions could not be more starkly different, except for the area of career educati...
Published: 09/19/18
In town hall, Eakins takes school district's story to Ballast Point

In town hall, Eakins takes school district's story to Ballast Point

  TAMPA — First, the disclaimer: "I'm not here to tell you how to vote," Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins told his audience. "I'm here to educate you about why we're here." From there, in his Tuesday evening prese...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

School for black students in Pinellas County is getting better, according to a report detailing the school district's progress a year into its effort to close the educational achievement gap by 2027.Of the six measures included in...
Published: 09/18/18
Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

After their school earned a D grade for its first year in operation, educators from Plato Academy Pinellas Park presented an improvement plan to Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday, pointing to plans to improve&#...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

For the past several months, Pasco County school employees have agitated for pay raises this year.School Board members said they'd look for ways to direct more money into salaries, but so far haven't found much. The current proposal contemplates abou...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

With enrollment growth continuing and school crowding yet unresolved, the Pasco County School Board is taking steps to add three promised new schools to its inventory.The School Board is poised to approve a 5-year work plan that includes a new middle...
Published: 09/18/18
Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

OVERSIGHT: To help convince voters to support its cause, the Hillsborough County school district announces well-respected Betty Castor will head a committee to review spending of revenue from a requested sales tax increase. The money would be de...
Published: 09/18/18