Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Florida education news: Counseling, teachers, security and more

COUNSELING: A student's suicide leads Florida Polytechnic University to debate whether it provides adequate counseling services for its student body. The school is already plagued by layoffs, depleted finances and sinking morale.

TEACHERS: The Escambia and Santa Rosa county school districts fire teachers over the summer for failing the state's certification exam, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The Marion County school district has dozens of teacher vacancies as the new academic year begins, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

AMENDMENT 8: The Duval County School Board prepares to take a formal stand on the constitutional amendment, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SECURITY: Sumter County officials collaborate to ensure at least one resource officer in every public school, the Villages Daily Sun reports. • Lake County resource officers prepare to patrol elementary schools, the Daily Commercial reports. • The Broward County school district backtracks on plans to have all Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students go through metal detectors, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

BRIGHT FUTURES: Students receiving Florida's Bright Futures Medallion scholarship will see their financial support rise, the News Service of Florida reports.

WATER TESTS: Drinking water at 13 Brevard County schools is deemed clear of chemicals and safe for students and staff, Space Coast Daily News reports.

NEW SCHOOLS: Clay County debuts its first new school in eight years, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Lake Wales charter school system and Polk County school district seek a solution that would allow more Lake Wales residents to attend the charters, the Ledger reports.

ONLINE TRACKING: The Palm Beach County school district introduces a new online system for parents to track their children's performance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The St. Johns County school district devises improvement plans for its lowest performing schools, while officials note the schools' scores are only part of a larger picture, the St. Augustine Record reports.

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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

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Pasco School Board, teachers take stands for improved education funding

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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...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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

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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
Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram's arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Repub...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Frustrated by three years of failed attempts to fight legislative actions deemed unfriendly to teachers, Florida Education Association members on Friday ousted the group's leadership team in favor of challengers who pledged to "rebuild our power...
Published: 10/13/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

With elections less than a month off, Floridians have focused attention on who will be the people setting education policy for the next two or four years. They’re homing in on policy positions such as teacher pay, tax rates and school safety, a...
Published: 10/13/18