Friday, August 17, 2018

Florida education news: Security officers, new principals and budgeting

DISPLEASED PARENT: Parent who has spent nearly two years challenging zoning in Pasco County School District files another complaint, alleging the the School Board inappropriately considered students’ race and socioeconomic status when redrawing boundaries, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

STATE RATE: Florida Weekly rates the state’s school spending an F and marks Florida as lowest of all for per-student funding, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

BULLYING: State and district-based school officials hash through the details of private-school scholarships now available to bullied students, the Tampa Bay Times reports. More from the Gainesville Sun.

STONEMAN DOUGLAS: A second principal is assigned to Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas to split recovery efforts from the Feb. 14 shooting with regular operations the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: About 200 Manatee County school administrators participate in active shooter training, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County School Board reach agreement to post police officers post police officers in all of the district’s schools, the Miami Herald reports. • St. John’s County schools superintendent presents safety plan to county leaders, citing need for more security officers, News4Jax reports. • Green Cove Springs City Council approves agreement with Clay County School Board to add two school resource officers, News4Jax reports.

MONEY MATTERS: The Flagler County School Board debates whether to sell a prime parcel of land for $2.5 million to purchase new buses for its aging fleet, the News-Journal reports.

DONATION: An Orlando-based early learning center gets a $12.75 million donation to be paid out over the next decade, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PRINCIPAL PROBLEM: A Duval County School Board member asks outgoing superintendent to rescind promotion offers she gave to two relatives this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TIGHT BUDGETS: Citrus County School Board to consider request by Withlacoochee Technical College to eliminate four full-time staff positions due to a decrease in federal funding, the Chronicle reports.

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Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

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Updated: 11 minutes ago
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Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

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Dems vow to raise teacher pay

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

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Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

As millions of Florida's school children returned to classes this week, many schools struggled to find enough teachers greet and teach them."We are very concerned about the growing teacher shortage," Cathy Boehme of the Florida Education Associa...
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Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

BUDGETS: Florida Board of Education members say local school districts should have more flexibility in how they spend their resources, while kicking off planning for their next legislative budget request. Teacher salaries and school security top...
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Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Mike Lastra has been chosen as the new principal of Brooksville Elementary School, Hernando County school district announced Wednesday.He follows Jill Renihan, who recently left the position to take a job as the district's new director of s...
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