Friday, July 20, 2018

Florida education news: Free meals, dual enrollment, construction costs and more

FREE MEALS: All Hernando County school students will have access to free breakfast and lunch at school through 2022, because of the impact of Hurricane Irma. • Students at all Polk County schools will receive free meals in the next school year, the Ledger reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: The Pasco County school district seeks to grow participation in dual enrollment courses, while also decreasing the expenses.

MENDING FENCES: Hernando County's new interim superintendent endeavors to repair relations in a district that has been divided.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Pasco County district finance officials raise concerns that revenue for maintenance and construction projects won't meet need. • The Volusia County School Board reverses course and decides not to borrow money for new construction projects, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LEADERSHIP: The Marion County school district sees several administrative changes, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SECURITY: Brevard County's sheriff says there's no way the district's new security guards will be in place by the first day of classes, Florida Today reports. • A Palm Beach County school officer who lives on campus will lose his home because of campus improvements, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Miami-Dade County school district swears in a new class of school officers, WLRN reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A management firm explains its improvement plans for two low-scoring Duval County schools, WJCT reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A construction executive anticipates Florida's new charter school rules could impact the state's commercial real estate market, Commercial Property Executive reports.

WATER CHECK: Thirteen Brevard County schools will have their drinking water supply tested for traces of firefighting chemicals, Space Coast Daily reports.

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Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

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Updated: 5 hours ago
State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

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Updated: 12 hours ago
The contest for School Board District 4

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Published: 07/20/18
Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

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Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

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Published: 07/19/18
Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

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Supporters of Florida Constitution Revision Commission Amendment 8 focus on the part that would create school board term limits, viewing it as a popular idea that could push the proposal to the 60 percent vote needed for passage.Critics say the measu...
Published: 07/19/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans m...
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Credit recovery high school closes

Credit recovery high school closes

Hillsborough County this year will have two, not three alternative charter high schools operated by the Accelerated Learning Solutions management group.Town and Country Charter High School is being shut down because of low enrollment, the company con...
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Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

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Satisfied the program has safeguards in place to prevent fraud, the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a rule governing the state's new tax-credit scholarship for students who claim they have been bullied in public school.In craftin...
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