Friday, July 20, 2018

Florida education news: Amendment lawsuit, charter appeals, safety and more

AMENDMENT 8: Calling the title and summary "misleading," the Florida League of Women Voters asks the Leon County Court to remove Amendment 8 from the November ballot. The measure includes three items — civics education, school board term limits and, most controversially, a possible state charter school authorizer. Yet the complaint contends the amendment doesn't mention charter schools at all.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Florida Board of Education is set to approve two long-challenged Palm Beach County charter school applications, after the Palm Beach district lost its court battle to maintain control over which charters open in its boundaries. • Three more charter schools are to open in Hillsborough County this August, pushing the district's charter enrollment well over 10 percent. • A proposed charter school for Waldo in Alachua County is unlikely to open in 2019 as planned because of troubles securing grants, WUFT reports.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Candidates for four Pinellas County School Board seats tackle key issues during a forum. • Okaloosa County School Board candidates explain their campaign priorities during a forum, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: Performance evaluations remain the focus of Pasco County teacher contract negotiations.

SAFETY: School principals from around the nation discuss campus security and other pressing matters while at a conference in Orlando, WMFE reports. • The U.S. Secret Service offers guidance to schools in assessing which students might be at risk of becoming a shooter, the Associated Press reports. • The Palm Beach County school district's former police chief will become an elementary school officer, but keep his chief's salary, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DRESS CODE: Indian River County parents complain about a last-minute dress code change, prompting at least one School Board member to call for a year delay in implementation, TC Palm reports.

TAXES: Miami-Dade County school district officials revise tax referendum ballot language after some people find its objective confusing, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Brevard County's incoming superintendent makes his first public comments as he takes the helm, Florida Today reports. Biggest news: Cafeteria offerings might change.

SUMMER LEARNING: A Sarasota County elementary school keeps youngsters enthralled with its six-week summer academy, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have become common ways for Pasco County schools to reach students, parents and the public over the past five years.The district issued usage guidelines in 2013. Now the administration is asking the Scho...
Updated: 5 hours ago
State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

After lagging for months, the lawsuit challenging Florida's education funding system gained traction again this week, with lawyers submitting arguments urging the state Supreme Court to kill the case rather than send it back to a lower...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

PARENT VOICES: Pinellas County mom Linda Kearschner becomes Florida PTA president, and vows to work on key issues to better education for all children regardless of background — even if lawmakers seem not to be listening. "The bi...
Published: 07/20/18
The contest for School Board District 4

The contest for School Board District 4

Melissa Snively, now running for a second term to represent East Hillsborough County on the Hillsborough County School Board, discussed the district budget, low-performing schools, morale in the ranks and the elimination of courtesy busing in her edi...
Published: 07/20/18
Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Linda Kearschner first joined the PTA at Azalea Elementary School because her daughter was starting kindergarten."I think we all start in PTA because of our own child," she said. "But then we realize to make the world a better place … we need t...
Published: 07/19/18
Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

You heard from the candidates for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1 and District 2. Four of the six candidates for the countywide District 6 seat also interviewed for Times editorial board endorsements. Here is some of what they had to s...
Published: 07/19/18
Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

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...
Published: 07/19/18
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...
Published: 07/18/18
Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

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...
Published: 07/18/18