Monday, November 19, 2018

Florida education news: Robotics, contracts, school threats and more

STEM LESSONS: Participation in robotics programs grows in Tampa area schools, and with it comes greater success in science, engineering and math.

CONTRACT TALKS: Pasco County teachers and district representatives discuss evaluations and other aspects of their contract while awaiting more solid financial figures.

SCHOOL THREATS: South Florida law enforcement take seriously every threat made on schools they hear about, in the aftermath of the Parkland high school shooting, Tribune News Service reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: A Manatee County school celebrates its improvement from F to A in state grading in just two years, WWSB reports.

IN COURT: Some critics see the FEA's latest lawsuit challenging Florida's education policies as just another of many cases that haven't generated much change, WFSU reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Citrus County leaders will consider reinstating a law enforcement impact fee to help cover the costs of school security, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

OUSTED: A Polk County high school football coach is fired after being arrested on drug possession charged, the Ledger reports.

CROWDING SOLUTIONS: Three new schools planned to ease Palm Beach County overcrowding are stalled as state officials suggest they're not needed, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Lee County school district plans a major expansion to one of its fastest growing high schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CREDIT RECOVERY: Hundreds of Duval County students seek new options as the school district's contract expires with a dropout recovery program, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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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
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Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

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Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

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

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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
Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts

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Simmons lost his Education Appropriations chairmanship after he opposed HB 7069 during the 2017 session.
Published: 11/15/18
Gradebook podcast: Recounting Florida  The Education Election Edition

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A discussion on school board term limits, tax referendums and other issues from the November election.
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Florida education news: Recount lessons, contract talks, student support and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/15/18