Monday, July 23, 2018

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education issues to take center stage on televised forum

Florida education issues to take center stage on televised forum

It's not too often that Florida's education system gets its own marquee billing on television talk shows.That changes on Tuesday night.Spectrum News for Tampa and Orlando is hosting a live, hourlong forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in which some well known f...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Pasco School Board member wants to hear from constituents

Pasco School Board member wants to hear from constituents

Pasco County School Board members have regularly held town hall meetings when they have something specific to talk about. They conducted school security forums just a few weeks ago.But board member Colleen Beaudoin wants to hear what's on reside...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida education news: Growth, genius, court cases and more

Florida education news: Growth, genius, court cases and more

GROWING STRONG: The Hillsborough County school district plans to open a new high school in south county in 2020, but anticipates it won't be enough to cope with the enrollment boom that's coming. Officials project another 10,000 students will ar...
Updated: 6 hours ago
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 15, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 15, 2018

Florida officially has a new tax credit scholarship, this one for students who claim they were victimized in school. The state Board of Education adopted rules governing the newest voucher-like program after learning it couldn’t do much to cont...
Published: 07/21/18
Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

Pasco school district to consider new social media policy

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have become common ways for Pasco County schools to reach students, parents and the public over the past five years.The district issued usage guidelines in 2013. Now the administration is asking the Scho...
Published: 07/20/18
State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

State lawyers file response in education funding lawsuit before Florida’s Supreme Court

After lagging for months, the lawsuit challenging Florida's education funding system gained traction again this week, with lawyers submitting arguments urging the state Supreme Court to kill the case rather than send it back to a lower...
Published: 07/20/18
Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Parent voices, teacher tests, Amendment 8 and more

PARENT VOICES: Pinellas County mom Linda Kearschner becomes Florida PTA president, and vows to work on key issues to better education for all children regardless of background — even if lawmakers seem not to be listening. "The bi...
Published: 07/20/18
The contest for School Board District 4

The contest for School Board District 4

Melissa Snively, now running for a second term to represent East Hillsborough County on the Hillsborough County School Board, discussed the district budget, low-performing schools, morale in the ranks and the elimination of courtesy busing in her edi...
Published: 07/20/18
Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Linda Kearschner first joined the PTA at Azalea Elementary School because her daughter was starting kindergarten."I think we all start in PTA because of our own child," she said. "But then we realize to make the world a better place … we need t...
Published: 07/19/18
Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

Hillsborough school board candidates speak their minds

You heard from the candidates for Hillsborough County School Board in District 1 and District 2. Four of the six candidates for the countywide District 6 seat also interviewed for Times editorial board endorsements. Here is some of what they had to s...
Published: 07/19/18