Saturday, August 18, 2018

Florida education news: School board races, charter schools, classroom conditions and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A candidate for Pasco County School Board faces criticism from former students, and appears to respond with menacing social media threats.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Pasco County School Board delays consideration of whether to share its capital projects tax revenue with charter schools. It schedules a workshop for after the primary election, which could lead to new voices on the decision. • A new Athenian Academy in Lee County finds temporary space to allow it to open in time for classes, the Naples Daily News reports. • The Sarasota County School Board decides to keep unchanged its charter school capital funding, the Herald-Tribune reports.

COOL IT: The Hillsborough County school district releases a list of school air conditioning repairs it can't afford.

NO MORE 'SUBSTITUTES': They'll be called "guest teachers" in Pasco schools from now on.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Broward County students who are registered patients will be allowed to use medical marijuana at school, WPLG reports.

IN COURT: The Broward County school district pursues legal action against the Sun-Sentinel newspaper over documents related to the February school shooting in Parkland, leading to concerns among board members, the Miami Herald reports. The board members learned about the case against the Sun-Sentinel from the paper, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SECURITY: The Volusia County school district can't find enough people to serve as armed campus guards, WOFL reports. • The Lake County school district is asking voters to increase taxes to pay for security needs, WOFL reports. • The Deltona City Commission will reconsider its decision not to fund officers in schools within city limits, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Flagler County teachers and staff go through active shooter training, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Districts struggling to meet the state's security mandate seek quick solutions, the Associated Press reports. • Broward County School Board members get angry over the decision to not place metal detectors in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Duval County's lowest performing schools will get added assistant principals to help new teachers with little classroom experience, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Six teachers at a low performing Alachua County school are removed because of low VAM scores, the Gainesville Sun reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Anxiety remains as Broward County students prepare to return to classes after a summer away, WLRN reports.

AS ONE (FOR ONCE): The usually divided Sarasota County School Board has a unanimous vote to delay consideration of extending the superintendent's contract, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER PAY: Broward County teachers could get 6 percent raises if voters approve a property tax increase in the primary election, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Aug. 12, 2018

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Students, parents complain about 30-minute lunches in Pasco schools

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Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

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Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

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Everything you need to know about who’s running for Hernando’s School Board

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Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

Florida education news: Teacher shortage, school board campaigns, campus security and more

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida Board of Education members acknowledge the state's ability to fill its teaching jobs is worsening, and say they want to find solutions. Two Democrats running for governor tell local teachers that they'd work t...
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Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

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Dems vow to raise teacher pay

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Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

Teachers complain about campaign material in their email

This post has been updated with the candidate's response.Laurie Rodriguez opened her Hillsborough County School District email and found a campaign flyer for Steve Cona, a builders association executive who is running for School Board.Rodriguez, a te...
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Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

BUDGETS: Florida Board of Education members say local school districts should have more flexibility in how they spend their resources, while kicking off planning for their next legislative budget request. Teacher salaries and school security top...
Published: 08/16/18