Thursday, June 21, 2018

Florida education news: Amendment 8, school safety talks, principal changes and more

CHARTERS: Following Superintendent Kurt Browning’s recommendation, Pasco County School Board approves a 5-year contract with a school associated with Florida’s largest charter company, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • After the Palm Beach County School Board’s vote to shut it down, problematic Eagle Art Academy could get a second chance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BALLOT BOX: Three Florida school board members form a political committee called 8 is Great to promote Amendment 8, which calls for school board term limits, required civics literacy classes and the ability for the Legislature to create new forms of public schools, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis voice support for school board term limits but do not weigh in on other two provisions in Amendment 8, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ADMINISTRATION: Principal transferred out of long-struggling Potter Elementary School by Hillsborough County School Board ahead of possible takeover by an outside operator this summer, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • A Collier County principal fired in April files a lawsuit alleging the school district punished her for reporting on-campus criminal activity to law enforcement rather than keeping matters “in house,” the Naples Daily News reports. • Duval County school interim Superintendent Patricia Willis promotes son and niece to principal positions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHOOL CHANGES: After three years of work, Pine View Middle School becomes Pasco County’s first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorized school, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

COURT: Parents suing the state over its public education funding system ask the Florida Supreme Court to send the case back for another review after lower courts dismissed it, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SUPER SALARY: Lee County School Board members vote 6-1 to approve a nearly 13 percent raise in pay for Superintendent Greg Adkins, the News-Press reports.

BOARD TROUBLE: The Sarasota County School Board bickers after one member said she would hold a special discussion on school security even if her fellow officials could not attend, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Law enforcement will stage an active shooter drill involving “simulated-blank gunfire” this morning at Bayshore High School in Manatee County, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Palm Beach County sheriff rejects school district’s request that he provide a rotating team of deputies for overtime patrols at 50 public elementary schools, calls for one-year deal instead, the Palm Beach Post reports.  •  St. Johns County schools superintendent says cost of state-required school safety measures have left board in budget limbo, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD NEWS: Tests conducted in 16 Tallahassee schools show elevated levels of lead in water fountains, News4Jax reports. More from the Miami Herald.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: One student’s essay about racism at Miami’s elite MAST Academy Virginia Key racks up enough views to crash host website, 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