Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's Education Department keeps trying to write an accountability plan that passes federal muster under the Every Child Succeeds Act. Since June, it's submitted two revisions — that's four total — and still faces questions and concerns. One key area: Testing of advanced math students. Florida is the only state that lacks federal approval for its plan.

TAXES: A coalition of teachers and parents creates a political action committee to campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax referendum. District officials meanwhile plan informational town hall meetings to discuss schools' construction and maintenance needs.

BUDGETS: The Hernando County School Board approves a $291 million budget with fewer cuts and fund transfers than in past years. • The Bay County School Board approves a budget with several new security measures included, the Panama City News Herald reports.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Plans to establish a dispute resolution office for Pasco County parents who have school complaints is slow to take off.

BAD ACTS: An internal investigation reveals that a Pinellas County middle school principal resigned amid accusations he sexually harassed at least three female employees.  • A Hillsborough County high school teacher is arrested after deputies say he admitted video recording students in his fashion design class as they undressed.  • A Putnam County teacher and football coach loses his teaching certificate after accusations he head-butted one player and told another to commit suicide, First Coast News reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: After hearing from parents with ailing children, the Volusia County School Board agrees to consider setting a policy for student use of medical marijuana, the West Volusia Beacon reports.

SOFTWARE WOES: Two more Manatee County school district officials are placed on administrative leave over their roles in a major software installation project that has run over budget and beyond its scope, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

SUPERINTENDENT PAY: The Clay County School Board withdraws consideration of a pay supplement for superintendent Addison Davis, saying the timing is wrong, Clay Today reports.

CLASSROOM TECH: Volusia County teachers protest the school district's plans to remove aging classroom printers and not replace them in equal number, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Volusia County School Board denies a charter school applicant's request to reconsider its application early, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CROSSING THE STAGE: The University of Florida changes its graduation ceremony procedures, and thousands of students are upset, the Miami Herald reports.

CYBER ATTACK: The Monroe County school district shuts down its entire computer system after a weekend software attack, WLRN reports.

IN COURT: A former charter school management company owner accused of stealing from several Florida schools begins his fraud trial, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

GROWTH: Leon County school district officials consider redrawing school zones rather than building a new school to cope with crowding in northeast Tallahassee, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

Florida education news: Oversight, choice, growth and more

OVERSIGHT: To help convince voters to support its cause, the Hillsborough County school district announces well-respected Betty Castor will head a committee to review spending of revenue from a requested sales tax increase. The money would be de...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

Pasco schools see higher enrollment growth than projected

In discussing pay raises, Pasco County school district officials have asked their employee negotiating groups to wait and see if more students turn up than expected.The state projected district enrollment to rise by 1,001 children. Any more than that...
Published: 09/17/18
Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco school district changes its choice application procedures

Pasco County parents seeking to send their children to schools other than the ones they're assigned to will face a new set of deadlines this fall, as the district streamlines its process.Instead of separating the applications between magnet and open ...
Published: 09/17/18
Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

Florida education news: School security, teacher pay, drinking water and more

SECURITY: The Florida Board of Education discusses ways to offer school districts more flexibility in the way they use future guardian funding. State lawmakers, however, aren't ready to release unused money from the current year allocation, TC P...
Published: 09/17/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 9, 2018

School security remains a point of high concern for Florida schools. When it comes to funding, there’s talk of spending more. Yet when the idea of giving school districts flexibility in deciding how to use the money, there’s not too much ...
Published: 09/15/18
On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

On the campaign trail with Hillsborough School Board candidate Karen Perez

The Tampa Bay Times was not able to interview Karen Perez during her primary campaign for Hillsborough County School Board. After she placed second in a six-way districtwide race to replace April Griffin, we invited her again to complete our que...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

Les Muma, a familiar face at USF, will lead the search for its next president

A familiar face will be leading the University of South Florida's quest to find a replacement for retiring president Judy Genshaft. Les Muma will chair the search committee, USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb announced Friday.Muma and his wife...
Published: 09/14/18
Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

Meet this year’s National Merit Semifinalists from Tampa Bay

A total of 126 students from around the Tampa Bay area were announced this week as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. They were among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.Taken together, they are said to represent the top 1 perc...
Published: 09/14/18
Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Florida Board of Education explores flexibility for school guardian funding

Taking a lead from Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Board of Education member Michael Olenick on Friday pushed his colleagues to offer school districts flexibility in how they spend money set aside for security in the state budget."They're asking for this, a...
Published: 09/14/18
Pasco teachers union calls for tax referendum to fund pay raises

Pasco teachers union calls for tax referendum to fund pay raises

The president of Pasco County's school employees union is calling for a  referendum in which voters can decide whether to increase local property taxes so teachers and staff can get raises."USEP feels that the burden for coming up with additiona...
Published: 09/14/18