Saturday, September 22, 2018

Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

GAME DAY SECURITY: Fans attending Pasco County high school football games no longer will be able to bring most bags into the stadiums, as the district tightens security after shootings at events in Palm Beach and Duval counties.

NEW BLOOD: University of South Florida community leaders quickly begin talking about successors as longtime president Judy Genshaft officially announces her June 2019 retirement.

READING LESSONS: A Pasco County elementary school principal reads stories to students each Sunday via Facebook, to help the children improve their reading skills.

SCHOOL ZONES: An appellate court dismisses the final legal challenge remaining to Pasco County's 2017 school boundary revisions. • Palm Beach County school district officials assess where schools are overcrowded and where they need to fill more seats, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL PATROLS: A coalition of civic groups calls on lawmakers to release $58 million for districts to hire law enforcement resource officers rather than armed guards, Florida Phoenix reports. Gov. Rick Scott laments that lawmakers have rejected the idea, Florida Politics reports. • The Brevard County School Board will decide whether to allow charter schools to hire armed guards, Space Coast Daily reports. • Some south Florida teachers discuss whether they feel safe in school, WLRN reports. • The Citrus County School Board prepares to decide whether it will use school guards instead of resource officers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

CAMPUS ASSAULT: Two Miami-Dade County high school students are attacked on campus while working on a project after class hours, NBC Miami reports.

FINANCES: The Duval County school district's net position shrinks as expenses continue to outpace revenue, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake County School Board gives superintendent Diane Kornegay a strong performance evaluation, qualifying her for a bonus, the Daily Commercial reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk County teachers reach a contract deal that provides raises and increased insurance premiums, the Ledger reports. • The Leon County School Board will consider increasing its minimum wage, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BOARD BATTLE: Sarasota County School Board members continue to bicker over behavior as their internal feuding endures, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER INVESTIGATION: A Manatee County charter school principal continues to protest criticism of his role in a teacher under criminal investigation resigning and getting his recommendation to work in a different nearby school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A Santa Rosa County school bus driver is arrested on child pornography charges, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

Florida’s race for governor is officially on, and the topic of education promises to be a key issue as the candidates seek support. The major party hopefuls focused on their policy priorities over the past week, and they differ is most every wa...
Published: 09/22/18
Two Pasco County schools see principal shift

Two Pasco County schools see principal shift

Plagued with low staff morale, Pasco Middle School on Friday got a new principal charged with improving the climate of the Dade City campus.Danielle "Dee Dee" Johnson, principal of Wesley Chapel High since early 2017, was appointed to ...
Published: 09/21/18
Time for Florida’s new student scholarships draws near

Time for Florida’s new student scholarships draws near

It's six weeks into the 2018-19 school year, and Florida's two newest scholarship programs to help struggling readers and bullied children are about to become reality.Florida lawmakers established the Reading Scholarship and the "Hope" Scholarsh...
Published: 09/21/18
Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis offers more insights on his views about Common Core, testing, charter schools and civics education. He released his position paper on education earlier in the week. Several l...
Published: 09/21/18
Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

We've been collecting documents to supplement our reporting about the upcoming Hillsborough sales tax referendum and thought we would share them here. This post will be updated.First: Facebook Live video of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' first town hall...
Published: 09/20/18
Updated: 09/21/18
Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

Florida's largest charter school membership organization announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's former mental health care provider to render services to schools.Broward County's Henderson Behavioral Heal...
Published: 09/20/18
Delayed Pasco charter school aims for Oct. 1 move to new site

Delayed Pasco charter school aims for Oct. 1 move to new site

Plato Academy Trinity has told parents and students it's targeting Oct. 1 to open its new building on Old County Road 54.It still has several permits to obtain if it wants to meet that latest deadline.The Pasco County charter school, serving about 25...
Published: 09/20/18
Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

Gradebook podcast: DeSantis vs. Gillum and the future of Florida education policy

Florida's two major party candidates for governor have released their education platforms, and they couldn't have offered a more distinct choice.With the exception of wanting to expand career and technical education, and to pay teachers better, Repub...
Published: 09/20/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County teachers and staff continue to press for raises in the district's budget, getting only board promises to keep looking for funding. One School Board member urges his colleagues to make pay a top priority.RED TIDE: T...
Published: 09/20/18
Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Recess and physical education classes at two south Pinellas County schools were moved inside this week due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that continues to plague area beaches with throngs of dead fish and an unmistakable foul odor.Pr...
Published: 09/19/18