Saturday, August 18, 2018

Florida education news: Drinking water, building permits, VAM scores and more

WHAT'S IN THE WATER? Hillsborough County school district officials discovered that several schools had high levels of lead in the drinking water. They didn't tell parents for more than a year.

NOT QUITE READY: A Pasco County charter school lacks several permits, and a certificate of occupancy, to begin classes in its new building on Aug. 13 as planned.

TEACHER TRANSFERS: Pasco County school district leaders say they don't plan to reassign teachers out of turnaround schools just because of low "value-added" scores, regardless of state rule.

SICK SCHOOL: Plant High School in Tampa suffers a lack of air conditioning and a mold infestation in its auditorium, which could force relocation of some classes.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Overviews of Pasco County School Board races in District 1, District 3 and District 5. • Parkland parents call for an overhaul of the Broward County School Board on election day, the Miami Herald reports. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio endorses one of the challengers in a Broward race, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tampa Bay area schools prepare for the first day of classes with a variety of new initiatives, from later high school start times to new technical schools.

IN COURT: Lawyers for the plaintiff's in Florida's long-running education equity suit urge the Florida Supreme Court not to be fooled by the defendants' "illogical" arguments.

TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS: Many of the private schools planning to accept Florida's new scholarship for students who claim they were bullied in school do not welcome LGBTQ students, the Huffington Post reports.

CHARTER APPEAL: A Leon County charter school applicant wins its state-level appeal to open after the school district rejected its request, WTXL reports. More from Tallahassee Democrat.

SECURITY: The Citrus County sheriff says all schools will have armed security on the first day of classes despite a contract dispute for the services, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • A state commission investigating school safety says campuses need more than one "feel good" officer for real security, TC Palm reports. • Lee County schools will have one secure point of entry for the new academic year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Brevard County's new schools superintendent discusses his plans and priorities, Florida Today reports. • Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie faces growing criticism in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Manatee County's interim superintendent says she has no plan to head to Duval County with her former boss, the Herald-Tribune reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: A push to provide free tuition for Florida students continues to mount, Florida Phoenix reports.

CLOSER LOOK: State officials plan to investigate a Manatee County schools software deal that has landed the district deputy superintendent in hot water as its costs and scope grew, the Herald-Tribune 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

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

Back in May, Pasco County school district officials moved to streamline schools' daily schedules to ensure every student gets the same amount of education.The action came after the district found not every school operated the same, as it tried to pla...
Published: 08/17/18
Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

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

The Pinellas County school system has released three videos it plans to show students in the coming days in preparation for the "active assailant drills" that are to begin soon in schools.Kindergarden through second grade:Grades 3-5:Middle and high s...
Published: 08/17/18
Gradebook podcast: Should Amendment 8 remain on Florida’s November ballot?

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

The Leon County Courthouse was the scene Friday for the first of what looks to be several showdowns over the fate of Amendment 8, a Constitution Revision Commission proposal to change portions of the state constitution's education article.The proposa...
Published: 08/17/18
Everything you need to know about who’s running for Hernando’s School Board

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

More seats than not are contested on the Hernando County School Board this year, meaning local education politics could soon look very different. Or not, considering that two of three races have incumbents vying to keep their spots.The Aug. 28 primar...
Published: 08/17/18
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...
Published: 08/17/18
Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

As millions of Florida's school children returned to classes this week, many schools struggled to find enough teachers greet and teach them."We are very concerned about the growing teacher shortage," Cathy Boehme of the Florida Education Associa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Dems vow to raise teacher pay

Dems vow to raise teacher pay

School leaders filled the Hillsborough High School auditorium Thursday to hear pitches from two of this year's Democratic candidates for governor.They were a study in contrasts as they addressed the Hillsborough Association of School Administrators: ...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
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...
Published: 08/16/18
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