Saturday, November 17, 2018

Florida education news: School choice, student discipline, recognition funds and more

SCHOOL CHOICE: Families across the Tampa Bay area are approaching the school choice application season, where they can apply to the growing number of options available to them for 2019-20. The Times School Search guide provides information about the selections. For a conversation about the state's tax credit scholarship program, check out our latest podcast.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hernando County school officials find black students are disproportionately disciplined, and seek to make the system more fair.

RECOGNITION FUNDS: What happens when a school that earned Florida school recognition funds doesn't exist any more? Staff from Pasco County's Ridgewood High School will soon find out.

IN COURT: Forty-three school districts are dismissed from the Florida Education Association's legal challenge of the "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program.

BRANDING: University of South Florida officials respond with humor to the negative response to the school's new logo.

AFTER MICHAEL: The Bay County school district helps homeless employees find places to live as it prepares to resume classes, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Bay teachers get training in how to deal with trauma, for when students return and share their hurricane experiences, the News Herald reports.

CROWDING: The Palm Beach County school district plans to erect a portable city in the middle of a middle school's track and fields to house students as it adds classrooms to nearby elementary schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACHER PAY: Many Miami-Dade County teachers struggle to make ends meet on salaries that barely afford the cost of living in the expensive county, the Miami Herald reports.

CONSTRUCTION NEEDS: The Lee County school district plans to tear down and rebuild two schools if voters approve a sales tax referendum, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LABOR RELATIONS: Volusia County school district and employee union leaders seek to repair their frayed relationship after having completed tense contract negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Leon County teachers say they want more than the district has offered in collective bargaining, WFSU reports.

READING LESSONS: The Indian River County school district provides several after-school programs to help struggling readers get up to grade level, TC Palm reports.

BACK ONLINE: More than 300 Miami-Dade County schools have their internet access restored after two days without, the Miami Herald reports.

SECURITY SHIFT: Sarasota County School Board members say they didn't know of pending changes to the district's security office until they happened, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County substitute teacher is removed amid allegations of physically abusing students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

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