Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Florida education news: Teacher jobs, board races, charter schools and more

NOW HIRING: The Pasco County school district invites hundreds of job candidates who met all the qualifications but didn't get hired to the central office for another round of interviews. They hope to find enough people to fill the 80 or so spots that remain vacant days before students return. "We don't want to let good teachers slip through the cracks," HR director Christine Pejot said.

RECOMMENDING NO ONE: Tiger Pride, a political action committee affiliated with Pasco County's school employee union, passes on endorsing School Board candidates in the primary.

IN COURT: A Pinellas County family sues the school district, contending it could have prevented a bus driver from having sexual activity with their under-age teen daughter.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A controversial Leon County charter school applicant takes its case to a state review panel after being rejected by the district, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • State College of Florida plans to open a second collegiate high charter school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAXES: Several Florida school districts ask voters to increase their local tax rates to generate revenue the state has not provided, Florida Phoenix reports. • The Bay County school district plans to upgrade security at every school if its tax referendum passes, the Panama City News Herald reports.

SECURITY: Central Florida school districts discuss their plans to keep students safe, WFTV reports. • The Citrus County sheriff won't sign an agreement to keep officers in the schools, prompting the district to forge ahead with its own police force, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will have 18 security personnel on campus daily, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • St. Johns County schools add resource officers and security guards to protect the campuses, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CAREER TRAINING: The St. Lucie County School Board questions the need for a new vocational-technical school that the City of Port St. Lucie has proposed, TC Palm reports.

AT THE TOP: Duval County's new superintendent wants to hire a deputy to help run the district, as she ponders tweaking her administration, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: The Brevard County school district makes changes to its student busing, early release days and other programs for the new year, Florida Today reports. • Lee County's new $85 million high school is ready for students to arrive, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: Lake County students will get Chromebooks over the next five years as the district aims to go all digital, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FOLLOW THAT BUS: Santa Rosa County parents will have a new app to track their children's school buses, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

ON LEAVE: A Leon County principal is placed on administrative leave after being arrested on a DUI charge, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LABOR NEWS: Contract talks in Gulf County don't yield many agreements, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Mike Lastra has been chosen as the new principal of Brooksville Elementary School, Hernando County school district announced Wednesday.He follows Jill Renihan, who recently left the position to take a job as the district's new director of s...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Teacher pay and school security topped the list of concerns for Florida Board of Education members Wednesday as they kicked off their annual legislative budget request process.Though they wondered where they might find the money for any added ex...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

At Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Eakins answered our questions about the 50 Achievement Schools and lingering teacher vacancies. The district's communications office gave us more information that we will shar...
Published: 08/15/18
State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

To be eligible for a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, children must meet specific financial criteria including household income standards.When issuing scholarships between 2015-2017, funding organization Step Up For Students did not pro...
Published: 08/15/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County School Board members said they want to look for money in the district budget to give employees raises. So far, they've asked questions but come up with no solid answers.TRANSPARENCY: Hillsborough County school dist...
Published: 08/15/18
Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco County School Board members say they want to give employees pay raises this year.In the two weeks since declaring their desire, though, the board members have not submitted a single idea to the administration they say they would support to...
Published: 08/14/18
Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Retired Florida chief justice Harry Lee Anstead has asked his former panel to require justification for why six proposed constitutional amendments including Amendment 8 should remain on the November ballot, or to toss them out.Anstead, joined by...
Published: 08/14/18
Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

First, the schools banned homemade cakes, saying children who wanted to celebrate birthdays with classmates had to bring store-bought treats instead.Now, the Pasco County school district is putting the brakes on many of the most popular treats altoge...
Published: 08/14/18
Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

BACK TO SCHOOL: Children returned to classes Monday in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties, with most districts reporting smooth sailing in the day's activities. • Pasco students and staff were enthusiastic, for the most part, about the ...
Published: 08/14/18

Questions about the Achievement schools

With a Hillsborough County School Board meeting scheduled for 3 pm tomorrow, we hope the public will learn more about the 50 Achievement schools and who is teaching there.At the last meeting on Aug. 1, Superintendent Jeff Eakins estimated there were ...
Published: 08/13/18