Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Florida education news: tight budgets, changing posts and a TV debut

CHANGING POSTS: Hillsborough County School Board member announces candidacy for spot in Florida House of Representatives the Tampa Bay Times reports.

BUDGET: Hernando County schools superintendent releases list of budget priorities to be presented to the School Board today, amidst tough conversations about how to fund new school safety requirements, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Twelve candidates line up for top spot in Brevard County, Florida Today reports. • Director of student services for Lee County School District announces plan to run for Brevard County superintendent spot, the News-Press reports.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A history teacher and coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will make his television debut Wednesday, when an episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior reality show airs, the Sun Sentinel reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Manatee County School District makes changes to code of conduct, dress code, mental health services and more in response to new state school safety requirements, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Several Tampa Bay area school districts consider active shooter insurance, WTSP reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: Volusia County one of only two school districts in Central Florida that hasn’t yet partnered with county government to pay for school security officers, the News Journal reports. • Broward County School Board voices support for using armed guardians rather than sworn law enforcement officers in some schools, the Sun Sentinel reports. • Lake County School Board moves to put a law enforcement officer in every school and an administrator with access to a firearm in some, the Daily Commercial reports. • Dozens of recruits vie to become school guardians in Polk County, the Ledger reports. More by WFTS. • Sarasota County School District will host a joint meeting with law enforcement leaders today, ahead of the School Board’s decision on who to hire as chief of the district’s new internal police force, the Herald Tribune reports. • Bay County School District leaders meet with law enforcement officials to discuss new school safety mandates, the News Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A former volunteer coach at Chiles High School is arrested for harassing a female student, the Democrat reports.

TAXES: Clay County School Board approves referendum to put increased school property tax to a vote in August, News4Jax reports.

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Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Things have come full circle as the Hillsborough County School District moves ahead to rebuild fire-ravaged Lee Elementary School.The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that the district negotiated with its insurers that pays full cost of b...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Stating the need for increased funding, about a dozen Pasco County teachers rallied Tuesday outside the school district headquarters for candidates and issues they say support public education."I believe that's what this year's election should really...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Hurricane Michael blasted at least 10 north Florida school districts, razing some campuses and leaving others unusable.Seven districts — Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Liberty and Washington — remain closed indefinitely, a...
Published: 10/16/18
Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

SALES TAX: With limited funding, the campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase relies on parent volunteers to get the word out. If approved, the revenue will pay for air conditioning repairs, among other construction and main...
Published: 10/16/18
Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

The Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 from the November 6 ballot because it failed to inform voters of its true purpose, the court stated in its opinion on the matter, released Monday."That the ballot summary is unclear is best demonstrated b...
Published: 10/15/18
Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Fifteen days after their official launch, Florida's new tax credit scholarships for students who claim being bullied in public school have begun being offered.Families that report any of 13 types of incidents, as outlined in law, are gettin...
Published: 10/15/18
When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

35 miles per hour.That's the wind speed at which the Florida Department of Education has recommended school districts start pulling buses off the road, for safety's sake.The department sent the message to districts as Hurricane Michael churned n...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram's arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Repub...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Frustrated by three years of failed attempts to fight legislative actions deemed unfriendly to teachers, Florida Education Association members on Friday ousted the group's leadership team in favor of challengers who pledged to "rebuild our power...
Published: 10/13/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

With elections less than a month off, Floridians have focused attention on who will be the people setting education policy for the next two or four years. They’re homing in on policy positions such as teacher pay, tax rates and school safety, a...
Published: 10/13/18