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Published: 10/16/17
Florida education news: VAM scores, board battles, social media threats and more

Florida education news: VAM scores, board battles, social media threats and more

FORCED OUT: Five teachers at Hernando County's Moton Elementary School are transferred out because of their value-added measure (VAM) scores. The school has struggled with state testing and received low marks in the state grading system, prompting th...
Published: 10/16/17
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 8, 2017

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Oct. 8, 2017

School start times matter. Leaders of the nation's eighth-largest school district are trying to change theirs, and have run into pushback as they move toward adoption of a plan that would more closely align with what experts recommend. Catch up on th...
Published: 10/14/17

Five teachers transferred out of Moton Elementary following state evaluation visit

Less than a week after state educators visited Moton Elementary School as part of an improvement plan, five of the long-struggling school’s teachers have been relocated. Three of the teachers were moved this week at the request of the Florida D...
Published: 10/13/17
Here's what those two charter schools promised the Hillsborough School Board

Here's what those two charter schools promised the Hillsborough School Board

How much authority to local school boards have over charter schools? Not a lot, the Hillsborough board was reminded this week. Two D-rated charter schools were required, by law, to come before the elected board and present their plans for improvement...
Published: 10/13/17
Gradebook podcast: On mental health, early education, tax credit scholarships and more

Gradebook podcast: On mental health, early education, tax credit scholarships and more

After a hiatus lengthened by Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers returned to Tallahassee this past week to begin their committee work leading to the 2018 session. Much of the time was spent listening to presentations and overviews, but along the way pr...
Published: 10/13/17
Florida education news: Turnarounds, state rules, pets' mess and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, state rules, pets' mess and more

TURNAROUNDS: Seven Springs Elementary School, once one of Pasco County's highest performing elementary schools, looks for a way back to better academic results after its student demographics change. • State education leaders step in to help Moto...
Published: 10/13/17
A little more on Florida's ESSA plan

A little more on Florida's ESSA plan

After Florida submitted its ESSA plan late Wednesday, it quickly became clear that the waivers the state Department of Education planned to seek were no longer there. A closer read of the final version, though, reveals that while the state did not re...
Updated one month ago
Pasco school rezoning Sunshine case set for trial

Pasco school rezoning Sunshine case set for trial

Having failed to reach a deal in mediation, lawyers for the Pasco County school district and the parents challenging a recent revision of west-side attendance zones went to court this week to schedule a trial. They scheduled four days -- Dec. 4-7 -- ...
Updated one month ago
Gradebook podcast: The 'Is Hurricane Irma finally over?' edition

Gradebook podcast: The 'Is Hurricane Irma finally over?' edition

Schools across Florida began preparing for Hurricane Irma long before it ever arrived, its veering path creating anxiety for just about every Floridian at one point or another. Cafeteria workers, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, administrators and ...
Updated one month ago