Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Florida education news: Funding lawsuit, school names, missing money and more

FUNDING LAWSUIT: Florida Supreme Court justices gave few hints on their disposition as they pepper lawyers with questions in the state's long-running education funding adequacy lawsuit. The court must decide whether the constitutional mandate for "high quality" schools is clear enough to be judged.

SCHOOL NAMES: The Hillsborough County School Board will consider renaming a school that has been named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The mostly black community the school serves has asked for a change.

MISSING MONEY: A Pasco County elementary school principal is arrested on allegations he stole $900 from a student with a mental disability.

TEACHER PAY: St. Lucie County teachers negotiate one-time $850 bonuses, TC Palm reports.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Volusia County School Board unanimously approves allowing students to use prescribed medical marijuana in school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BE NICE: Outgoing Volusia School Board member Melody Johnson, who lost her reelection bid, urges those who remain to cut back on the negativity that has taken hold in recent months, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TURNAROUNDS: A struggling Marion County elementary school gets a new principal after the Florida Board of Education calls for the previous leader's removal, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

HANDS OFF: A Palm Beach County middle school teacher is removed from class amid allegations the teacher physically attacked a student, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MENTAL HEALTH: Sarasota County school district officials discuss the district's new mental health services and initiatives during a digital town hall meeting, the Herald-Tribune reports.

THREATS: A Leon County middle school student is detained amid rumors the student brought a steak knife to campus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

REVENUE SHARING: Charter school operators seek a share of the anticipated funds that will flow into school districts after winning local tax increases, Redefined reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Hernando school board: Longtime educator Duval takes over as chairperson

Hernando school board: Longtime educator Duval takes over as chairperson

Susan Duval, a longtime Hernando County principal who was reelected earlier this year to a second term on the School Board, is the School Board's new chairperson. The board named her to the position during an organizational meeting Tuesday, the ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Pasco School Board reorganizes with newest member

Megan Harding resigned her teaching post after decisively claiming the District 5 seat.
Published: 11/20/18
Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

Florida education news: College recruiting, dress code, leadership and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/20/18
Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

Florida education news: Employee pay, charter schools, safety checks and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/19/18
Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Pinellas School Board approves raises for administrators, support staff

Administrators and support staff in Pinellas County schools will get a boost in salary and benefits just in time for the holidays, following a recent, unanimous vote by the School Board.Months of negotiations between the district and two employe...
Published: 11/19/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

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

Across Florida, local voters have agreed time and again to tax themselves more as a way to support school needs. Yet they live in a state where lawmakers keep pushing for lower taxes. How will this apparent discrepancy play out? Read on for that and ...
Published: 11/17/18
Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher contracts

The sides remain millions apart in salary talks.
Published: 11/16/18
Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

TAMPA – In between speeches about Lee Elementary School and the debate to rename Lee, the Hillsborough County School Board on Thursday also approved 17 administrative assignments that included new leaders at four schools.Andrew Olson is being t...
Published: 11/16/18
Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/16/18
Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

State law forbids district employees from serving on the board.
Published: 11/15/18