How many times have we heard that perhaps the single most important factor in a student’s classroom success is the quality of the teacher? What does it mean, then, when one of the most prolific providers of teachers in the Tampa area — one that once was among the nation’s largest programs — decided to shut its doors? A shock to the state budget might be the most immediate impetus for the move, but some observers have suggested that the University of South Florida might want to rethink its approach rather than just closing shop on its College of Education undergraduate program. Read on for that and more Florida education news.
Yes, you read that right. The University of South Florida announced the end of its undergraduate program in the College of Education. Officials said it’s a money thing.
Speaking of universities ... Did you know Florida’s public university system is the only one in the nation to require applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score this year? Some seniors are struggling to find a place to take the test.
Are Florida teens ready for higher education? A recent study suggested teachers are too lenient with their course grades. Some district educators said the report offered nothing new.
Teach U.S. history objectively. The Citrus County School Board says it doesn’t want curriculum brought forth by “radical groups,” the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
Mask mandates are dividing school districts. The Indian River County School Board decided not to act on a recommendation to end its rule, instead asking for clarifications, TC Palm reports.
Where are campus coronavirus outbreaks coming from? At one Duval County high school, an off-campus homecoming week party is the likely culprit, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Pace High in Santa Rosa County has the state’s highest positivity rate among schools, the Pensacola News Journal reports. Officials don’t plan to change anything at the school.
Students are showing up. After a spotty spring, Palm Beach County children are attending class in better numbers — both online and in person — at the schools serving the district’s poorest communities, the Palm Beach Post reports.
From the campaign trail ... Questions are arising about the financial support between a Broward County School Board member and the county sheriff, Florida Bulldog reports. • An activist group has launched a campaign opposing Okaloosa County’s school sales tax referendum, questioning the district’s use of tax dollars, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
Race remarks get a teacher in hot water. Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for disciplinary action against an Osceola County high school teacher who told her class she had a right to “dislike Black people,” WFTV reports.
Need a school bus? The Alachua County school district has plenty extra, having just bought a new fleet, and it’s donating some to civic groups, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Stay safe. Two Bay County schools will receive free-standing tornado shelters, WMBB reports.
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Before you go ... It’s Friday. Relax. Pretend you’re at the beach. Here’s some music from some talented middle schoolers to set the mood.