Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Florida education news: School closures, sales taxes, achievement gap and more

SCHOOL CHOICE: Election wins by supporters of tax credit scholarships, charter schools and open enrollment prompt advocates to declare school choice the winner of Florida's Election Night.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: In one week, the Pasco County school district has recommended shutting down three elementary schools. Parents at Mittye P. Locke Elementary question why the administration would consider closing the school with the highest academic performance in the area. Parents from Lacoochee Elementary offer alternatives as the staff explains its idea to the School Board.

TAXES: Hillsborough County school district leaders find the winning approach to gaining support for their sales tax increase proposal in just 10 weeks.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Leaders of Pinellas County's effort to overcome the academic achievement gap between black and other students say more supports outside the academics are needed.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: A Pasco County teacher helps children in China learn English while sitting in her Land O'Lakes home.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Marion County school district officials work to figure out who's in charge now that voters have done away with the elected superintendent position, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Duval County charter school applicant fails to convince the School Board to approve its request, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A dual-language charter school wins approval to open in Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ELECTION MILESTONE: Polk County voters elect Florida's first openly lesbian School Board member, Florida Politics reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Gulf County schools are steadily returning to more normal activity after Hurricane Michael hit, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Manatee County teacher is fired after being arrested on allegations of soliciting a child for sex, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TODAY: The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the 2009 Citizens for Strong Schools education funding adequacy lawsuit. The court convenes at 9 a.m. Watch on The Florida Channel. Here's some background.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/19/18
Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Administrators and support staff in Pinellas County schools will get a boost in salary and benefits just in time for the holidays, following a recent, unanimous vote by the School Board.Months of negotiations between the district and two employe...
Published: 11/19/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

Across Florida, local voters have agreed time and again to tax themselves more as a way to support school needs. Yet they live in a state where lawmakers keep pushing for lower taxes. How will this apparent discrepancy play out? Read on for that and ...
Published: 11/17/18
Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher contracts

The sides remain millions apart in salary talks.
Published: 11/16/18
Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

TAMPA – In between speeches about Lee Elementary School and the debate to rename Lee, the Hillsborough County School Board on Thursday also approved 17 administrative assignments that included new leaders at four schools.Andrew Olson is being t...
Published: 11/16/18
Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/16/18
Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

State law forbids district employees from serving on the board.
Published: 11/15/18
Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts

Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts

Simmons lost his Education Appropriations chairmanship after he opposed HB 7069 during the 2017 session.
Published: 11/15/18
Gradebook podcast: Recounting Florida  The Education Election Edition

Gradebook podcast: Recounting Florida The Education Election Edition

A discussion on school board term limits, tax referendums and other issues from the November election.
Published: 11/15/18