Sunday, June 17, 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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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
Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

Pinellas School Board candidate calls opponent’s district address ‘disingenuous’

In an email blast on Tuesday, Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accused his opponent, Lorena Grizzle, of "misleading voters."He called Grizzle's recent change of address into question and said voters would "see it for what it i...
Published: 06/12/18
School board race gets first candidate

School board race gets first candidate

Business leader Steve Cona filed Monday to run for Hillsborough County School Board in the District 1 seat that Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House.He is the first to file since Valdes filed her resign-to-run letter on June 8.  A...
Published: 06/12/18
Lawyer threatens legal action against Hernando School Board members, says they violated contract with superintendent

Lawyer threatens legal action against Hernando School Board members, says they violated contract with superintendent

A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, emailed School Board members Monday night threatening legal action against two of the officials she says violated the top adminstrator's contract wit...
Published: 06/12/18
Florida education news: tight budgets, changing posts and a TV debut

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 ...
Published: 06/12/18
Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

Susan Valdes will leave Hillsborough School Board to run for State House

She moved against one of the most powerful school superintendents in the nation – and won. She championed the rights of Latino students while running afoul of the teachers' union.Now Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes is ...
Published: 06/11/18
Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Hernando schools superintendent to present budget priorities to cash-strapped School Board

Amidst tough conversations about how to fund new school safety measures recently required by state, Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano is set to present to the School Board items she thinks should make the cut into the distr...
Published: 06/11/18
Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

Florida education news: tax hikes, PROMISE and a heart-warming graduation story

MENTAL HEALTH: Davion Only, the St. Petersburg foster kid who pleaded in church for anyone to adopt him, graduates with family looking on, the Tampa Bay Times reports.PARKLAND: Palm Beach County supervisor of elections says nearly 4,000 youth under 2...
Published: 06/11/18