PERSPECTIVE: If the Legislature approved the proposed education budget that Gov. Rick Scott describes as "historic," Florida still would rank among the nation’s lowest on spending per student, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports....
“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
- Carl Jung
No news roundup today. Just a dash of inspiration and a heaping plate of gratitude for you, our treasured readers....
Some Florida universities are among more than 30 schools across the country that have seen "white student union" Facebook pages appear online in recent days.
Newspapers in Orlando, Tallahassee and Gainesville report that the pages showed up with alleged affiliations to the University of Central Florida, Florida State University, the University of Florida and Florida International University....
RACE ON CAMPUS: A Facebook page promoting a “UCF White Student Union” has appeared online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The paper also references a Washington Post report about more than 30 similar Facebook groups at schools around the country. The Gainesville Sun reports that the University of Florida is working with Facebook to remove a “white student union” page that uses the school’s name and logo without permission. Florida State University deals with a similar issue, the Tallahassee Democrat reports....
THAT TIME OF YEAR: Gov. Rick Scott announces his $79.3 billion budget for next year, saying it includes a “historic” increase for education. But critics say 85 percent of the increase comes from property tax increases on homeowners and businesses.
THE ART OF TEACHING: As a part-time teacher at Florida International University, Marco Rubio drew rave reviews in class but fell short when it came to the educational grunt work of developing reading lists and grading papers and tests....
HELP ON THE WAY? The Hillsborough County school system aims to improve its most challenging schools, and troubled Sligh Middle is first on the "priority" list.
MARCHING AHEAD: With the Paris attacks in mind, the Gulf Coast High School Marcing Band arrives in NYC for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade with a thorough security plan, the Naples Daily News reports....
TOO MUCH? In Tampa, leaders of the Jewish Community Relations Council tell school officials they are concerned that the district's partnership with a Baptist church crosses the line....
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A House Republican on Friday proposed a constitutional amendment that would lead to Florida returning to an elected education commissioner who would be part of the state Cabinet.
Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, filed the proposal (HJR 767) for consideration during the 2016 legislative session, which starts in January. If passed by the Legislature, the proposal would need to gain approval from 60 percent of Florida voters....
'I DON'T LIKE YOU PEOPLE': A Hillsborough County judge urges the University of South Florida to let a former U.S. Army Green Beret be readmitted to finish his degree, despite his menacing behavior toward a Muslim gas station clerk last year. The school says no to the decorated combat vet, but offers to help him transfer elsewhere....
LEARNING TO READ: As Florida's third-grade reading scores staff, the House moves to intervene with struggling readers, get parents more involved and mandate new teaching approaches.
IB PROGRAMS: They're everywhere in Florida, and growing, especially in elementary and middle schools, StateImpact Florida reports.
SCORING BIG: A Manatee High School soccer player fights homelessness, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HEAVY LIFTING: More girls taking part in competitive weightlifting, the Daily Commercial reports.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: Contract, teacher raises approved by Martin County School Board, TCPalm reports.
KEEP LOOKING: Bonita Springs council widens search for new high school site, the Naples Daily News reports.
LIQUID ASSETS: After closing, Medical College moves to sell its assets, the Miami Herald reports.
SCHOOL BOARD RAISE: Should the Brevard board members get one? One board member says no, Florida Today reports.
NEW INFORMATION: Details emerge after Lee County board fires accused teacher, the News-Press reports.
TRANSPORTATION WOES: Review blames Palm Beach County's school busing problems on "perfect storm" of problems, the Palm Beach Post and the Sun Sentinel report.
SHOW OF UNITY: UCF students stage sit-in to show solidarity with protests at University of Missouri, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INVESTIGATION: Escambia County to review school bus hazing incident, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Senate panel signs off on a measure that would boost Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts, redefinED reports.
GROWING: Flagler College pitches plan today for new dorms, parking garage, the St. Augustine Record reports....
The Pinellas Education Foundation has been named the nation's top K-12 education foundation for the second straight year in an annual ranking by dewey & associates.
The Stepping Up study ranks the top 50 foundations in the nation, drawing from a pool of the 200 largest school districts by population. The Hillsborough Education Foundation retained its No. 6 ranking from last year.
Stepping Up uses eight performance categories in its ranking — total revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, grant and program expenses, grant and program expenses per student, investment income and volunteers....
People have always known about the relaxed vibe at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, but now it's confirmed. Hercampus.com, which bills itself as “the No. 1 global community for college women,” has ranked Eckerd as one of the nation's 10 “most zen schools.” Eckerd drew the No. 9 spot....
As schools opened across Florida this week, I was struck by a certain moment at Greco Middle School in Hillsborough County. Eighth grade history teacher Ryan Lynn was trying to connect with his students -- trying to build that classroom community, create relationships (the “Fourth R” of education) the way so many teachers are trained to do in the opening days of the school year....
Unless there's a big adjustment like a drastically different dress code or a new schedule, a family's experience with school doesn't change much from year to year. So we've collected some of the best advice from some of our "Back to School" editions of yore, and stirred in a few more suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here, with appreciation to the academy and a nod to our archives, we offer some timeless tips to help parents in the coming weeks:...
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Federal court documents made public this week have linked the Church of Scientology to a private investigator convicted of illegally culling personal information from dozens of email accounts.
The investigator, Eric Saldarriaga, 41, was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for conspiring to engage in computer hacking. He pleaded guilty earlier this year in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York....