Sunday, September 23, 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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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

Florida’s race for governor is officially on, and the topic of education promises to be a key issue as the candidates seek support. The major party hopefuls focused on their policy priorities over the past week, and they differ is most every wa...
Published: 09/22/18
Two Pasco County schools see principal shift

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Plagued with low staff morale, Pasco Middle School on Friday got a new principal charged with improving the climate of the Dade City campus.Danielle "Dee Dee" Johnson, principal of Wesley Chapel High since early 2017, was appointed to ...
Published: 09/21/18
Time for Florida’s new student scholarships draws near

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It's six weeks into the 2018-19 school year, and Florida's two newest scholarship programs to help struggling readers and bullied children are about to become reality.Florida lawmakers established the Reading Scholarship and the "Hope" Scholarsh...
Published: 09/21/18
Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis offers more insights on his views about Common Core, testing, charter schools and civics education. He released his position paper on education earlier in the week. Several l...
Published: 09/21/18
Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

We've been collecting documents to supplement our reporting about the upcoming Hillsborough sales tax referendum and thought we would share them here. This post will be updated.First: Facebook Live video of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' first town hall...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

Florida's largest charter school membership organization announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's former mental health care provider to render services to schools.Broward County's Henderson Behavioral Heal...
Published: 09/20/18
Delayed Pasco charter school aims for Oct. 1 move to new site

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Plato Academy Trinity has told parents and students it's targeting Oct. 1 to open its new building on Old County Road 54.It still has several permits to obtain if it wants to meet that latest deadline.The Pasco County charter school, serving about 25...
Published: 09/20/18
Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

Florida's two major party candidates for governor have released their education platforms, and they couldn't have offered a more distinct choice.With the exception of wanting to expand career and technical education, and to pay teachers better, Repub...
Published: 09/20/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County teachers and staff continue to press for raises in the district's budget, getting only board promises to keep looking for funding. One School Board member urges his colleagues to make pay a top priority.RED TIDE: T...
Published: 09/20/18
Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Recess and physical education classes at two south Pinellas County schools were moved inside this week due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that continues to plague area beaches with throngs of dead fish and an unmistakable foul odor.Pr...
Published: 09/19/18