Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Florida education news: Testing, campaigns, security and more

SCHOOL GRADES: Education commissioner Pam Stewart debunks allegations by six lawmakers that three school districts attempted to game the state's school grading system with their civics test administration. "At this time, we do not have any evidence that the districts you listed have done anything that is in violation of the law or improperly manipulated the accountability system," Stewart wrote to the lawmakers. More from Bradenton Herald, Florida Times-Union, Herald-Tribune.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A Pasco County School Board candidate accuses the district of smearing her candidacy over a Facebook post.

SECURITY: New Florida law makes it a felony to threaten a school over social media, WINK reports.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS: A Florida Southern College researcher studies the unquantifiable factors that show teachers' value, the News Chief reports.

SCHOOL LUNCH: The Volusia County school district plans to overhaul its lunch menu to make meals more appealing to students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

MOST UNWELCOME REMINDER: Most Florida students will return to classes in just about a month, the News Service of Florida reports.

BAD ACTS: A Miami mom accuses her son's kindergarten teacher of calling him a "loser" — and offers a recording to back it up, the Miami Herald reports.

CAREER EDUCATION: Collier County will get a new job training center at Immokalee Technical College, the Naples Daily News reports.

EARLY EDUCATION: Many Florida prekindergartners struggled with the state's kindergarten readiness test, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEST SCORES: The score students need to pass Florida's Algebra I test is lower than many parents might expect, Florida Phoenix reports.

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Pasco residents call for changes to school district policies on transgender students, club participation

Pasco residents call for changes to school district policies on transgender students, club participation

The conservative Liberty Counsel, based in Orlando, has helped families keep the heat on the district.
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Megan Harding resigned her teaching post after decisively claiming the District 5 seat.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Updated: 8 hours ago
Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/19/18
Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Administrators and support staff in Pinellas County schools will get a boost in salary and benefits just in time for the holidays, following a recent, unanimous vote by the School Board.Months of negotiations between the district and two employe...
Published: 11/19/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

Across Florida, local voters have agreed time and again to tax themselves more as a way to support school needs. Yet they live in a state where lawmakers keep pushing for lower taxes. How will this apparent discrepancy play out? Read on for that and ...
Published: 11/17/18
Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher contracts

The sides remain millions apart in salary talks.
Published: 11/16/18
Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

TAMPA – In between speeches about Lee Elementary School and the debate to rename Lee, the Hillsborough County School Board on Thursday also approved 17 administrative assignments that included new leaders at four schools.Andrew Olson is being t...
Published: 11/16/18
Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/16/18
Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

State law forbids district employees from serving on the board.
Published: 11/15/18