Tuesday, November 13, 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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Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Funding plays a key role in several of the recommendations.
Updated: 1 hour ago
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.
Updated: 4 hours ago
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
Florida voters are saying yes when school districts ask for more money. Is that a good thing?

Florida voters are saying yes when school districts ask for more money. Is that a good thing?

Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins takes a clear message from last week's election, which saw many Floridians vote to tax themselves more to help public schools meet rising costs.People see the challenges firsthand and "they know t...
Published: 11/12/18
Linda Lerner steps away after 28 years on the Pinellas School Board. ‘I wanted to make things better for everybody’

Linda Lerner steps away after 28 years on the Pinellas School Board. ‘I wanted to make things better for everybody’

Linda Lerner, one of Florida's longest-serving school officials with nearly three decades on the Pinellas County School Board, will step down Tuesday, leaving her seat for one of three new members elected last week.The decision was difficult, Lerner ...
Published: 11/12/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 5, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 5, 2018

Can Florida’s courts determine what a “high quality” education system looks like? Or is that too subjective a term? The Florida Supreme Court has that question before it, as it determines whether a 9-year-old school funding adequacy...
Published: 11/10/18
President of Ybor City’s Hillsborough Community College campus will step down, return to teaching

President of Ybor City’s Hillsborough Community College campus will step down, return to teaching

Shawn Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus since 2007, is stepping down to return to teaching.In an email announcing the news Friday, Robinson said "it is time for a change." He will relocate to the college's Brand...
Published: 11/09/18
How did all those Florida school board races turn out?

How did all those Florida school board races turn out?

Twenty-seven percent of incumbents either resigned or lost.
Published: 11/09/18
New Florida House education leader named

New Florida House education leader named

Mount Dora Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan is a vocal backer of school choice programs.
Published: 11/09/18