Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Education

Florida education news: Dress code, pay raises, plagiarism and more

DRESS CODE: A Pasco County high school student's dress code protest broadens amid support from some parents and the ACLU.

PAY RAISES: Hernando teachers and the district administration near a new contract deal.

PAST ACTS: The University of South Florida admits it hired a second top administrator who had inappropriate on-campus sexual behavior at a previous job.

STUDENT VOICES: Hillsborough middle school students ask School Board members about testing and electives during a forum with board members.

TESTING: Florida fourth- and eighth-graders show improvement on the NAEP science test, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Florida Board of Education approves two Polk school turnaround plansokays an improvement plan for Indian River's Dodgertown Elementary, TC Palm reports. * The board aims to cut the number of low-performing schools statewide in half, Politico Florida reports.

INVESTIGATION: A state investigation finds Marion superintendent George Tomyn did not falsely inflate graduation rates, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BAD ACTS: A Bay middle school teacher is arrested on accusations of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, the Panama City News Herald reports.

RACE RELATIONS: Some Florida Gulf Coast University students plan to protest the school's handling of a racial slur posted in an academic building, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TEACHER PLANNING: Thousands of Palm Beach teachers are missing two hours of teaching each month to attend meetings, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: St. Johns school district leaders struggle to meet the state's digital classroom requirements and costs, the St. Augustine Record reports.

LIFTED WORDS: The Palm Beach school district considers a tougher policy against employee plagiarism after two principals are caught in the act, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HISTORY LESSONS: About 75 Leon teachers learn ways to teach about the Holocaust, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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Hernando schools superintendent ‘pink-slipped’ by public following firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary

Hernando schools superintendent ‘pink-slipped’ by public following firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary

BROOKSVILLE — A room full of people wearing purple erupted in frustration before Hernando County school officials Tuesday night, scolding Superintendent Lori Romano for her recent firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary, which has been struggling a...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Pasco SRO under investigation after video shows takedown of student

Pasco SRO under investigation after video shows takedown of student

LAND O’ LAKES — An investigation continues after a video surfaced Tuesday that shows a Sunlake High School school resource officer wrestling a female student to the ground while taking her into custody, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office....
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Hernando school officials deny Chehuntamo charter school on second try

Hernando school officials deny Chehuntamo charter school on second try

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday denied the 2019 opening of Chehuntamo Advanced Performance High School, a charter school proposed by the same group that applied once before in 2017.The team behind the school, said to be for ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hernando School Board okays second district-wide survey to evaluate superintendent

Hernando School Board okays second district-wide survey to evaluate superintendent

BROOKSVILLE — A second district-wide survey to evaluate the performance of Superintendent Lori Romano soon will go out to about 3,000 Hernando County School District employees, giving them a chance to weigh in on the job she is doing.The instrument, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hillsborough’s Eakins gets high praise for finances, mixed reviews on other issues in his annual School Board evaluations

Hillsborough’s Eakins gets high praise for finances, mixed reviews on other issues in his annual School Board evaluations

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins is proud of his record in boosting high school graduation rates and inroads he has made in marketing the nation’s eight largest school district.His seven bosses on the School Board...
Published: 04/25/18
Converting Ridgewood High generates excitement, dismay

Converting Ridgewood High generates excitement, dismay

NEW PORT RICHEY — Chris Dunning is a bundle of energy as he greets families to Wendell Krinn Technical High School’s first open house.He talks rapid fire about the opportunities to earn college credits and gain career training while also completing a...
Published: 04/25/18
Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

Sarasota student, family apologize for racist ‘promposal’

The family of the 18-year-old Sarasota high school student under fire for the racist prom proposal he sent out on social media this weekend has publicly apologized for their son’s actions. They also said that as a result of his actions, he wil...
Updated: 7 hours ago
SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

LAND O’LAKES — A school resource officer at Sunlake High School is under investigation after he tried to take a female student into custody on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.School officials asked the SRO remove the student f...
Published: 04/24/18

Battle continues over west Pasco school rezoning

Jim Stanley does not give up without a fight.The west Pasco County parent who brought down the school district’s 2017 attendance zone revisions, leading the administration to change its procedures along the way, has filed a new challenge to the syst...
Published: 04/24/18
Crews Lake eighth-grader already capable musician

Crews Lake eighth-grader already capable musician

SPRING HILL — Rose Dodd, 2 months old, couldn’t yet grasp a rattle, but there she was years ago at hand-bell choir practice at Keystone United Methodist Church in Odessa.Rose, 14, a Crews Lakes Middle School eighth-grader, is back at hand-bell practi...
Published: 04/24/18