Thursday, October 18, 2018

Florida education news: Teacher pay, online tracking, too much sex education and more

TEACHER PAY: Fresh off promises to look for money for raises, Pasco County School Board members begin seeking ideas to free up some cash. They're reviewing past conversations and recommendations for possibilities.

ONLINE RISKS: Experts find online trackers on the Pinellas County school district website, including some from companies that sell visitor data, the NY Times reports.

TMI: A Palm Beach County fifth grade teacher loses his certification after telling students details of his sex life during a sex education lesson, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Officials are reviewing complaints that a Brevard County School Board member retaliated against a district employee who accused him of sexual harassment, Florida Today reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Flagler County school district leaders explain why students will resume classes on a Friday rather than a Monday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Bay County School Board members review the district's new safety measures and plans, including preparations to install secure entrances to every campus, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Escambia County school district will equip classrooms with first aid kits that hold materials specifically for responding to shootings, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

GIFTED EDUCATION: The Palm Beach County school district takes steps to diversify its gifted programs, to better reflect its student population, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PUBLIC RECORDS: A Sarasota County advocacy group says it was coerced into filing a lawsuit accusing the school district of not complying with state public records laws, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

Pasco school district gets strong credit ratings for upcoming issue

In advance of selling $67.5 million in certificates of participation, the Pasco County school district sent several high level officials to New York to pitch for a good credit rating.The effort paid off, chief finance officer Olga Swinson told t...
Published: 10/17/18
Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

Pasco County school employee contract talks turn to salaries

After a two month break while awaiting updated financial data, negotiators for Pasco County school employees and the district administration return to bargaining this week, with plans to start talking pay.The United School Employees of Pasco intends ...
Published: 10/17/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, rebuilding, funding and more

TURNAROUNDS: Hernando County's long struggling Moton Elementary School takes advantage of a state "Hope" grant to establish a family resource center for its students and parents. The goal is to help with issues outside school that impact academi...
Published: 10/17/18
Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Lee Elementary — or whatever it will ultimately be called — will be rebuilt in Tampa

Things have come full circle as the Hillsborough County School District moves ahead to rebuild fire-ravaged Lee Elementary School.The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that the district negotiated with its insurers that pays full cost of b...
Published: 10/16/18
Updated: 10/17/18
Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

Stating the need for increased funding, about a dozen Pasco County teachers rallied Tuesday outside the school district headquarters for candidates and issues they say support public education."I believe that's what this year's election should really...
Published: 10/16/18
Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Florida superintendents association sets up account to help hurricane-hit school districts

Hurricane Michael blasted at least 10 north Florida school districts, razing some campuses and leaving others unusable.Seven districts — Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Liberty and Washington — remain closed indefinitely, a...
Published: 10/16/18
Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

SALES TAX: With limited funding, the campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase relies on parent volunteers to get the word out. If approved, the revenue will pay for air conditioning repairs, among other construction and main...
Published: 10/16/18
Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

The Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 from the November 6 ballot because it failed to inform voters of its true purpose, the court stated in its opinion on the matter, released Monday."That the ballot summary is unclear is best demonstrated b...
Published: 10/15/18
Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Fifteen days after their official launch, Florida's new tax credit scholarships for students who claim being bullied in public school have begun being offered.Families that report any of 13 types of incidents, as outlined in law, are gettin...
Published: 10/15/18
When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

35 miles per hour.That's the wind speed at which the Florida Department of Education has recommended school districts start pulling buses off the road, for safety's sake.The department sent the message to districts as Hurricane Michael churned n...
Published: 10/15/18