Sunday, October 21, 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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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 14, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 14, 2018

Frustrated with a string of legislative losses, the Florida Education Association — the state’s largest teacher union — selected new leadership for the coming three years. New president Fed Ingram promised to “start winning ag...
Published: 10/20/18
Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

Student who mangled fingers with school table saw sues Pinellas School Board

A Northeast High School student who mangled his fingers using a table saw in class in 2016 is suing the Pinellas County School Board for negligence, asking for at least $15,000 in damages.According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 12, Brandon Jacob ...
Published: 10/19/18
State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

State to designate Florida ‘Schools of Excellence’ for flexibility on some rules

Eighty-eight Florida schools will join 630 others in gaining relief from some state education laws as "Schools of Excellence."The recognition, developed by lawmakers in 2017 as part of HB 7069, grants principals greater autonomy in daily operations, ...
Published: 10/19/18
Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

Florida education news: Campus climate, contract talks, student discipline and more

CLIMATE SURVEY: Large majorities of Pinellas County teachers say they feel valued and safe at their schools. District officials plan to break down these and other survey results by school, and use the information to make any needed improvements....
Published: 10/19/18
New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

New survey shows most school staff in Pinellas feel valued, safe

Pinellas County schools recently wrapped up a new type of survey which asked school-level staff to evaluate aspects about their workplace.The results show about 70 percent of the 3,952 respondents agree that they feel valued by the adm...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Pasco school employees ask for 4.5 percent raises plus a bonus

Contending the school district has more money available than it has discussed, the United School Employees of Pasco requested 4.5 percent raises plus a nonrecurring bonus for all its support personnel during negotiations Wednesday.A similar requ...
Published: 10/18/18
Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

Gradebook podcast: Are 11th and 12th grades a waste of time? A discussion on dual enrollment and early college

As a Florida state lawmaker, John Legg often spoke about how the final two years of high school were becoming less important to students who had already passed many of their graduation requirements and could benefit from better preparation for colleg...
Published: 10/18/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school threats, special education and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County's school employees union prepares to make a salary request that exceeds what district officials have said is available. The sides have delayed negotiations two months while awaiting updated financial information. •...
Published: 10/18/18
Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

In advance of selling $67.5 million in certificates of participation, the Pasco County school district sent several high level officials to New York to pitch for a good credit rating.The effort paid off, chief finance officer Olga Swinson told t...
Published: 10/17/18
Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

After a two month break while awaiting updated financial data, negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the district administration return to bargaining this week, with plans to start talking pay.The United School Employees of Pasco intends ...
Published: 10/17/18