Friday, September 21, 2018

Florida education news: Accountability concerns, FEMA reimbursements, technical classes and more

ON ESSA: Florida's latest plan to meet federal education accountability standards answers several concerns but raises new ones for U.S. Education officials. The state has until Oct. 4 to file its response.

AFTER IRMA: FEMA sends Pinellas County schools $2.6 million to reimburse the costs of sheltering Hurricane Irma refugees a year ago.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: The Pinellas County school district debuts its first technical high school.

COMPUTERS DOWN: The Monroe County school district's computer systems remained partially down a fifth day after being attacked by malware, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT AGAIN: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students relive the fear of a February campus shooting incident as the school's fire alarm repeatedly goes off during classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Only three of the nine alarms were scheduled drills. More from the Miami Herald.

DRESS CODE: The Palm Beach County mayor criticizes a local high school's dress code rules after her daughter is disciplined for wearing torn jeans and told to consider the effect on the boys, the Palm Beach Post reports.

START TIMES: The Orange County School Board chairman says the district's high schools start too early, and calls for a later schedule, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCES: A state audit reports that 14 percent of Florida charter schools had some financial reporting problems, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GAME SECURITY: St. Johns County high schools increase law enforcement presence and ban book bags at football games, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Walton County teacher is barred from teaching primary grades after leaving a sleeping kindergartner alone in a classroom, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

DISCRIMINATION? The Florida Commission on Human Relations finds the Leon County school district used age discrimination against its former maintenance director, a charge the district rejects, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SCHOOL'S OUT: A Sarasota County elementary school cancels classes because of a campus-wide power outage, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 8:30 a.m., Naples (Collier County School Board office) — On the agenda, the board will discuss its 2019-20 legislative budget request.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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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 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Time for Floridaís new student scholarships draws near

Time for Floridaís new student scholarships draws near

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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...
Updated: 9 hours ago
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
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
Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesnít define her

Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesnít define her

Early in the election cycle, Pasco County School Board candidate Tara O'Connor received criticism over her long list of supporters who are elected officials.Now, O'Connor is taking hits for accepting a $1,000 campaign contribution from Charter School...
Published: 09/19/18