Thursday, November 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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Florida recount: The civics lesson

Florida recount: The civics lesson

The Florida Education Association will introduce a curriculum on the election for schools to use.
Published: 11/14/18
Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Differences over pay raises remain the primary remaining hurdle.
Published: 11/14/18
Florida education news: K-12 funding, college access, school naming and more

Florida education news: K-12 funding, college access, school naming and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/14/18
Nearly 100 ideas to rename Tampa’s Lee Elementary

Nearly 100 ideas to rename Tampa’s Lee Elementary

From the obvious to the ironic and back again, Hillsborough residents racked their collective brains to find the best new name for Lee Elementary School.MaryEllen Elia was suggested, for the last superintendent.But that won't happen. A newly revised ...
Published: 11/13/18
USF and other Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

USF and other Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

Together, they will "create a playbook of adaptable student success reforms," USF said.
Published: 11/13/18
Supporters defend Pasco principal accused of stealing $900 from a student

Supporters defend Pasco principal accused of stealing $900 from a student

Days after the arrest of Connerton Elementary principal John Abernathy, accused of stealing $900 from a student with special needs, "Team John" began lobbying the school district to keep the veteran administrator on the job.Superintendent Kurt Browni...
Published: 11/13/18
Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Funding plays a key role in several of the recommendations.
Published: 11/13/18
Florida education news: Prekindergarten, parent pushback, school board races and more

Florida education news: Prekindergarten, parent pushback, school board races and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/13/18
Hudson Elementary staff, families hope to halt proposal to close school

Hudson Elementary staff, families hope to halt proposal to close school

The Pasco County superintendent has recommended shutting down the campus in 2021.
Published: 11/12/18
Florida education news: School funding, board members, student testing and more

Florida education news: School funding, board members, student testing and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/12/18