Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Florida education news: Accountability concerns, FEMA reimbursements, technical classes and more

ON ESSA: Florida's latest plan to meet federal education accountability standards answers several concerns but raises new ones for U.S. Education officials. The state has until Oct. 4 to file its response.

AFTER IRMA: FEMA sends Pinellas County schools $2.6 million to reimburse the costs of sheltering Hurricane Irma refugees a year ago.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION: The Pinellas County school district debuts its first technical high school.

COMPUTERS DOWN: The Monroe County school district's computer systems remained partially down a fifth day after being attacked by malware, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT AGAIN: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students relive the fear of a February campus shooting incident as the school's fire alarm repeatedly goes off during classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Only three of the nine alarms were scheduled drills. More from the Miami Herald.

DRESS CODE: The Palm Beach County mayor criticizes a local high school's dress code rules after her daughter is disciplined for wearing torn jeans and told to consider the effect on the boys, the Palm Beach Post reports.

START TIMES: The Orange County School Board chairman says the district's high schools start too early, and calls for a later schedule, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCES: A state audit reports that 14 percent of Florida charter schools had some financial reporting problems, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GAME SECURITY: St. Johns County high schools increase law enforcement presence and ban book bags at football games, the St. Augustine Record reports.

TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Walton County teacher is barred from teaching primary grades after leaving a sleeping kindergartner alone in a classroom, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

DISCRIMINATION? The Florida Commission on Human Relations finds the Leon County school district used age discrimination against its former maintenance director, a charge the district rejects, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SCHOOL'S OUT: A Sarasota County elementary school cancels classes because of a campus-wide power outage, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 8:30 a.m., Naples (Collier County School Board office) — On the agenda, the board will discuss its 2019-20 legislative budget request.

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