Monday, October 15, 2018

Florida education news: Charter schools, credentials, constitutional amendments and more

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Marcus May, the founder of charter schools in several Florida counties including Hillsborough and Pinellas, is found guilty of using school billing and kickback arrangements to steal millions of dollars. • The Hillsborough County school district will offer a seminar on how to apply to open a charter school.

CREDENTIALS: Mel Jurado, former director of the Florida Office of Early Learning, has misrepresented her academic degrees.

AMENDMENT 8: The Florida Supreme Court has yet to release its opinion revealing why it removed Amendment 8 from the November ballot.

THREATS: Another Broward County teen faces felony charges after others heard him threatening to shoot up their school, WPLG reports. Law enforcement and school officials are asking parents to talk to their children about the consequences of making such statements, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.

TEXTBOOKS: A Miami-Dade County high school English teacher accuses her principal of violating her academic freedom by removing from her classroom the teacher's favorite textbook, which the state had taken off its approved list, the Miami Herald reports.

BULLYING: A Collier County mom wants the school district to take action after receiving a video that shows her daughter being beaten in a middle school restroom, Fox 4 reports.

LAND FOR SALE? The Flagler County School Board considers selling some oceanfront property to a home builder, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

OVERSIGHT: The Marion County School Board agrees to let a former sheriff, who was indicted but not convicted of official misconduct, to sit on its tax oversight committee, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BANNED: The Bay County school district bars Department of Health officials from all its schools, amid a dispute over missing records, the Panama City News Herald reports.

AUDIT REPORT: Leon County schools must return thousands of dollars to the state after an audit reveals that high school seniors did not attend as many days of classes as the district received funding for, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GROWTH: St. Johns County school district officials anticipate enrollment to continue booming over the next five years, and plan to build three new schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

Amendment 8 ballot language was ‘defective,’ Florida Supreme Court rules

The Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8 from the November 6 ballot because it failed to inform voters of its true purpose, the court stated in its opinion on the matter, released Monday."That the ballot summary is unclear is best demonstrated b...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Scholarship letters begin circulating for bullied Florida students

Fifteen days after their official launch, Florida's new tax credit scholarships for students who claim being bullied in public school have begun being offered.Families that report any of 13 types of incidents, as outlined in law, are gettin...
Updated: 5 hours ago
When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

When do Florida schools take buses off the roads?

35 miles per hour.That's the wind speed at which the Florida Department of Education has recommended school districts start pulling buses off the road, for safety's sake.The department sent the message to districts as Hurricane Michael churned n...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

Florida education news: Union leaders, hurricane recovery, superintendent reviews and more

UNION LEADERS: Florida Education Association delegates ousted union president Joanne McCall in favor of challenger Fed Ingram, who had been vice president. Ingram's arguments that the group should be more aggressive in its push against the Repub...
Published: 10/15/18
Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Florida Education Association elects new leadership

Frustrated by three years of failed attempts to fight legislative actions deemed unfriendly to teachers, Florida Education Association members on Friday ousted the group's leadership team in favor of challengers who pledged to "rebuild our power...
Published: 10/13/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 7, 2018

With elections less than a month off, Floridians have focused attention on who will be the people setting education policy for the next two or four years. They’re homing in on policy positions such as teacher pay, tax rates and school safety, a...
Published: 10/13/18
It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

It’s been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school teachers.The Florida Education Association advocates for the state's...
Published: 10/12/18
Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Reacting to cramped and crowded classrooms, a Fivay High School student created a 5-minute video depicting the situation and urging Pasco County communities to "take action."The video, which aired in the school news report and is posted on the school...
Published: 10/12/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

TEACHER PAY: State Sen. Kevin Rader says he will refile his bill to set Florida minimum teacher pay at $50,000. It's a key piece of Democrat Andrew Gillum's education platform in his campaign for governor. Rader predicts if Gillum wins, the meas...
Published: 10/12/18
Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size – when Florida law confuses

It's a quarter of the way through Florida's school year, and some schools continue to grapple with implementation of two key requirements, one new and one old.Leaders remain uncertain of exactly how often to run active shooter drills, required by the...
Published: 10/11/18