Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Florida education news: School security, civics testing, superintendents and more

A LITTLE HELP HERE?: A Pasco County family asks school principals to help sell its home after seeing that a recent attendance zone adjustment has made potential buyers less interested.

SECURITY: The Broward County school district faces continued questioning over the way it handled issues that led to the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This time, people are raising concerns over the district's threat assessment model that did little to snag shooter Nikolas Cruz, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • All candidates running for Manatee County School Board agree that school security efforts must extend beyond adding guards, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A committee reviewing the Parkland shooting suggests schools need better alternative discipline programs, TC Palm reports. • The Marion County school district puts off its plans for a new headquarters so it can spend the money on hardening schools instead, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Alachua County's sheriff asks the school district to pay a larger share of the cost to place officers in schools, WUFT reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Brevard County School Board inks a deal with its next superintendent, Florida Today reports.

CIVICS: Some Duval County residents accuse groups that alleged the district cheated on the state civics exam of "old-fashioned racism," the Florida Times-Union reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida sees an increase in the number of certified teachers in the state, Miami Today reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Bay County parents want to know why the principal of their school is replaced with a first-time principal even after the school earned a C grade from the state, WJHG reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teachers get no closer to a contract deal with the district during a round of negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Unable to close down a troubled charter school, the Palm Beach County school district decides to stop sending the charter any money until a court can decide its fate, the Palm Beach Post reports.

VOUCHERS: Funding will be delayed for the state's new scholarships for students who claim they are bullied in school, the News Service of Florida reports.

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Eakins takes school districtís story to Ballast Point

Eakins takes school districtís story to Ballast Point

TAMPA — First, the disclaimer: "I'm not here to tell you how to vote," Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins told his audience. "I'm here to educate you about why we're here."From there, in his Tuesday evening presentati...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

School for black students in Pinellas County is getting better, according to a report detailing the school district's progress a year into its effort to close the educational achievement gap by 2027.Of the six measures included in...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

After their school earned a D grade for its first year in operation, educators from Plato Academy Pinellas Park presented an improvement plan to Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday, pointing to plans to improve&#...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

For the past several months, Pasco County school employees have agitated for pay raises this year.School Board members said they'd look for ways to direct more money into salaries, but so far haven't found much. The current proposal contemplates abou...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

With enrollment growth continuing and school crowding yet unresolved, the Pasco County School Board is taking steps to add three promised new schools to its inventory.The School Board is poised to approve a 5-year work plan that includes a new middle...
Published: 09/18/18
Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

OVERSIGHT: To help convince voters to support its cause, the Hillsborough County school district announces well-respected Betty Castor will head a committee to review spending of revenue from a requested sales tax increase. The money would be de...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

In discussing pay raises, Pasco County school district officials have asked their employee negotiating groups to wait and see if more students turn up than expected.The state projected district enrollment to rise by 1,001 children. Any more than that...
Published: 09/17/18
Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco County parents seeking to send their children to schools other than the ones they're assigned to will face a new set of deadlines this fall, as the district streamlines its process.Instead of separating the applications between magnet and open ...
Published: 09/17/18
Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

SECURITY: The Florida Board of Education discusses ways to offer school districts more flexibility in the way they use future guardian funding. State lawmakers, however, aren't ready to release unused money from the current year allocation, TC P...
Published: 09/17/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

School security remains a point of high concern for Florida schools. When it comes to funding, there’s talk of spending more. Yet when the idea of giving school districts flexibility in deciding how to use the money, there’s not too much ...
Published: 09/15/18