Monday, September 17, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

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

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 Cou...
Published: 09/14/18
Pinellas County schools reimbursed $2.6 million by FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

Pinellas County schools reimbursed $2.6 million by FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenses

A year after Hurricane Irma, the federal government has reimbursed Pinellas County school district for what it spent sheltering 25,000 people from the massive storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, approved the distric...
Published: 09/13/18
Florida gets more questions on its federal accountability plan

Florida gets more questions on its federal accountability plan

Florida's latest revisions to its federal education accountability plan addressed several concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Education, but generated others needing further clarification, Libby Witt of the department's Teacher Quality Program ...
Published: 09/13/18
Two chances next week to see “Backpack Full of Cash”

Two chances next week to see “Backpack Full of Cash”

PTA organizations around Hillsborough County are sponsoring two free screenings of "Backpack Full of Cash," the documentary film about charter schools, and their growth at times of limited funding for traditional public schools.The screenings will ta...
Published: 09/13/18
Gradebook podcast: Amendment 8 is dead. What’s left?

Gradebook podcast: Amendment 8 is dead. What’s left?

The Florida Supreme Court officially tossed education-related Amendment 8 off the Nov. 6 ballot, upholding a lower court ruling that found it misleading. But that’s not the only proposal to change the constitution that voters face.Reporters Jef...
Published: 09/13/18
Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

Florida education news: Accountability, taxing, dispute resolution and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's Education Department keeps trying to write an accountability plan that passes federal muster under the Every Child Succeeds Act. Since June, it's submitted two revisions — that's four total — and still ...
Published: 09/13/18
Pinellas principal’s lewd comments created ‘fear and intimidation’ at school, report finds

Pinellas principal’s lewd comments created ‘fear and intimidation’ at school, report finds

In his year as principal of Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Anthony Francois sexually harassed at least three female employees, according to an investigation by the Pinellas County school district.His offenses included inappropriate comments ab...
Published: 09/12/18
What’s the holdup with Florida’s federal ESSA accountability plan?

What’s the holdup with Florida’s federal ESSA accountability plan?

Florida officials have made yet another attempt to win approval for their federal education accountability plan, submitting revisions on both June 6 — a day after receiving a negative status update — and again Aug. 24 after the June propo...
Published: 09/12/18
Pasco district’s dispute resolution office takes step backward

Pasco district’s dispute resolution office takes step backward

Plans to create a clearinghouse to handle complaints about Pasco County schools have not come to fruition as officials initially planned.The most recent setback: Hilda Martin, who left the principalship of Marlowe Elementary in the spring t...
Published: 09/12/18
Florida education news: Budgets, pay plans, campaign claims and more

Florida education news: Budgets, pay plans, campaign claims and more

BUDGET SEASON: The Florida Board of Education prepares to consider a legislative budget proposal including "no change in 2018-19 millage rates." • Without comment, the Hillsborough County School Board approves a $3 bill...
Published: 09/12/18