Sunday, November 19, 2017
Education

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

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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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Updated: 11/18/17
Pasco’s 2018 Outstanding Senior hails from River Ridge High

Pasco’s 2018 Outstanding Senior hails from River Ridge High

River Ridge High School senior Connor Beckman has been named Pasco County’s 2018 Outstanding Senior.Commander of the school’s Air Force JROTC program, Beckman is also an Eagle Scout mentor, National Honor Society president and swim team captain.Beckm...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Makerspace lab exposes Eastside students to tech skills and fun

Makerspace lab exposes Eastside students to tech skills and fun

BROOKSVILLE — The lab at Eastside Elementary School looks high tech, featuring new flooring, cabinets and furniture. Assistant Principal Michael Lastra calls it cutting edge."It’s not like your typical classroom," Lastra said. "The school wanted it t...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

Plans to erase the attendance boundaries for Ridgewood High School have grabbed all the attention.But the Pasco County school district also has proposed changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones for consideration this fall.They’re just ...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
At St. Petersburg High, alums push to complete private funding for home field improvements

At St. Petersburg High, alums push to complete private funding for home field improvements

ST. PETERSBURG — The athletic facilities at St. Petersburg High are just like Bob Carter remembers from 50 years ago.He recalls it all fondly: The concession stands, ticket booths and bathrooms are still the same. The track is still outdated asphalt,...
Published: 11/15/17
In union push at USF, adjunct professors strive for more respect and a living wage

In union push at USF, adjunct professors strive for more respect and a living wage

TAMPA — Robert Ryan cleaned out his office in May. He knew he was dying.He had kept driving to the University of South Florida even as he lost the use of his left arm. He had kept teaching English, even as tumors ravaged his mouth so that he could ha...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

The kids at Bing Elementary knew something special was about to happen when a six-foot white dog with a "target" over his right eye walked into the classroom.And they were right.On Tuesday (Nov. 14), volunteers and corporate supporters joined the Hil...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
New aviation programs at PHSC help propel students toward dreams

New aviation programs at PHSC help propel students toward dreams

DADE CITY — Dustin Snodgrass has a photograph of himself as a child in the pilot’s seat of a kid-size model airplane. Snodgrass, now 28, recently took a big step toward his goal of flying real aircraft with his first solo flight through a new profess...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Hillsborough teachers show up in the hundreds to clamor for promised raises

Hillsborough teachers show up in the hundreds to clamor for promised raises

TAMPA — A weeks-long salary standoff between the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers hit an emotional peak Tuesday as hundreds of teachers and students turned out to ask the School Board for their promised raises."War has been declar...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Romano: Sorry teachers, you simply can’t win this one

Romano: Sorry teachers, you simply can’t win this one

When it comes to your principles, there is no shame in putting up a fight.You can fight City Hall, and you can fight the power. According to the song, you can fight the law. You can even fight the good fight, whatever that means.But you cannot fight ...
Published: 11/14/17