Thursday, September 20, 2018

Florida education news: Bookbags, top USF job, school zones and more

GAME DAY SECURITY: Fans attending Pasco County high school football games no longer will be able to bring most bags into the stadiums, as the district tightens security after shootings at events in Palm Beach and Duval counties.

NEW BLOOD: University of South Florida community leaders quickly begin talking about successors as longtime president Judy Genshaft officially announces her June 2019 retirement.

READING LESSONS: A Pasco County elementary school principal reads stories to students each Sunday via Facebook, to help the children improve their reading skills.

SCHOOL ZONES: An appellate court dismisses the final legal challenge remaining to Pasco County's 2017 school boundary revisions. • Palm Beach County school district officials assess where schools are overcrowded and where they need to fill more seats, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL PATROLS: A coalition of civic groups calls on lawmakers to release $58 million for districts to hire law enforcement resource officers rather than armed guards, Florida Phoenix reports. Gov. Rick Scott laments that lawmakers have rejected the idea, Florida Politics reports. • The Brevard County School Board will decide whether to allow charter schools to hire armed guards, Space Coast Daily reports. • Some south Florida teachers discuss whether they feel safe in school, WLRN reports. • The Citrus County School Board prepares to decide whether it will use school guards instead of resource officers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

CAMPUS ASSAULT: Two Miami-Dade County high school students are attacked on campus while working on a project after class hours, NBC Miami reports.

FINANCES: The Duval County school district's net position shrinks as expenses continue to outpace revenue, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake County School Board gives superintendent Diane Kornegay a strong performance evaluation, qualifying her for a bonus, the Daily Commercial reports.

LABOR NEWS: Polk County teachers reach a contract deal that provides raises and increased insurance premiums, the Ledger reports. • The Leon County School Board will consider increasing its minimum wage, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BOARD BATTLE: Sarasota County School Board members continue to bicker over behavior as their internal feuding endures, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHER INVESTIGATION: A Manatee County charter school principal continues to protest criticism of his role in a teacher under criminal investigation resigning and getting his recommendation to work in a different nearby school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A Santa Rosa County school bus driver is arrested on child pornography charges, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, Red Tide, campaign contributions and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County teachers and staff continue to press for raises in the district's budget, getting only board promises to keep looking for funding. One School Board member urges his colleagues to make pay a top priority.RED TIDE: T...
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Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Red Tide forces two Pinellas schools to move recess, physical education inside

Recess and physical education classes at two south Pinellas County schools were moved inside this week due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that continues to plague area beaches with throngs of dead fish and an unmistakable foul odor.Pr...
Published: 09/19/18
Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesn’t define her

Pasco School Board candidate says charter school campaign contribution doesn’t define her

Early in the election cycle, Pasco County School Board candidate Tara O'Connor received criticism over her long list of supporters who are elected officials.Now, O'Connor is taking hits for accepting a $1,000 campaign contribution from Charter School...
Published: 09/19/18
Pasco board member presses colleagues, staff to set priorities

Pasco board member presses colleagues, staff to set priorities

As several teachers urged the Pasco School Board to improve their wages, one board member hammered home his view that the district has not followed through on raises despite setting that priority three straight years.Steve Luikart, who retires i...
Published: 09/19/18
Florida education news: Policy proposals, achievement gap, tax plans and more

Florida education news: Policy proposals, achievement gap, tax plans and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis unveils his education plan for Florida, as Democrat Andrew Gillum highlights his proposals. Their positions could not be more starkly different, except for the area of career educati...
Published: 09/19/18
In town hall, Eakins takes school district's story to Ballast Point

In town hall, Eakins takes school district's story to Ballast Point

  TAMPA — First, the disclaimer: "I'm not here to tell you how to vote," Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins told his audience. "I'm here to educate you about why we're here." From there, in his Tuesday evening prese...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

Report: Pinellas improves on achievement gap, but needs to do better

School for black students in Pinellas County is getting better, according to a report detailing the school district's progress a year into its effort to close the educational achievement gap by 2027.Of the six measures included in...
Published: 09/18/18
Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

Struggling Plato Academy Pinellas Park vows to boost school culture, attendance

After their school earned a D grade for its first year in operation, educators from Plato Academy Pinellas Park presented an improvement plan to Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday, pointing to plans to improve&#...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

Pasco schools budget faces showdown over salaries

For the past several months, Pasco County school employees have agitated for pay raises this year.School Board members said they'd look for ways to direct more money into salaries, but so far haven't found much. The current proposal contemplates abou...
Published: 09/18/18
Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

Pasco School Board to lay groundwork for new schools

With enrollment growth continuing and school crowding yet unresolved, the Pasco County School Board is taking steps to add three promised new schools to its inventory.The School Board is poised to approve a 5-year work plan that includes a new middle...
Published: 09/18/18