Saturday, June 23, 2018

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 Board members, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ELECTIONS:  Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accuses his opponent of “misleading voters” by changing her home address ahead of the election, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The first candidate files to run for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1, the seat Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Broward County School Board voices concerns about under-reporting of incidents in district schools, the Sun Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Manatee County School Board members make a case for Deputy Superintendent Cynthia Saunders to take the district’s top spot, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Mark Mullins chosen as new superintendent of Brevard County schools, Florida Today reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: Lake County School Board votes 3-2 to allow school administrators to carry guns on campus once they are trained as part of Florida’s new guardian program, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Volusia County School Board approves a plan for hybrid program using a combination of school resource officers and trained guardians to arm all its elementary schools, the News-Journal reports. • More than 300 people apply for 100 jobs to patrol elementary schools in Duval County, the Times-Union reports. • Citrus County commissioners agree to give sheriff $1.1 million to help fund school resource officers, the Chronicle reports.

TAXES: Clay County School Board approves property tax increase to fund school safety, News4Jax reports. • Monroe County School Board unanimously approves a tax increase to fund state-mandated school security, Keys News reports.

UNION: Public education activists rally against new Florida Law (HB 7055), which requires that half of all teachers eligible to be members of a teachers union must pay dues or else the union will be decertified, WLRN reports.

FACILITIES: Palm Beach County School Board set to consider plan to add a new school, a renovated school and an expanded school campus in Boca Raton over the next three years, the Sun Sentinel reports.

REPORT CARDS: Bay County School District blames state’s late release of end of course exam reports for report card delay, the News Herald reports.

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Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, as the two hopefuls qualified just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their seats amid a ...
Published: 06/22/18
On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

Barring a last-minute adjustment, this is the lineup for the 2018 Hillsborough County School Board races.District 1, northwest Hillsborough and Town 'N Country:This is a special election to replace Susan Valdes, who resigned, effective Nov. 6, to run...
Published: 06/22/18
Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates qualify for Hernando County School Board races

Seven candidates have lined up in races for three seats open on the Hernando County School Board, including incumbents Mark Johnson and Susan Duval.Johnson, who was elected to the board's District 1 seat in 2014, faces challenger ...
Published: 06/22/18
Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ballot set for Pasco County School Board races

Ten candidates qualified to run for three Pasco County School Board seats as the ballot officially closed at noon Friday.All of them had announced their plans well in advance, and rumors of a last-minute hopeful never materialized.The District 5 race...
Published: 06/22/18
Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

Ridgewood High saw little improvement in final year of state testing

As Pasco County school district officials discussed converting Ridgewood High School into a technical school, some leaders kept asking one question: What if the school actually improved its academic performance, making the change unnecessary?The scho...
Published: 06/22/18
Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

Florida education news: Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit, immigrant education, tutoring troubles and more

TAKE A KNEE: Lawyers for the Pasco County school district say students do not have an unqualified, clearly established right to kneel during the daily pledge to the flag, rebutting a family's lawsuit contending otherwise.SUMMER LEARNING: So...
Published: 06/22/18
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, ...
Published: 06/21/18
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...
Published: 06/21/18
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 ...
Published: 06/21/18
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