Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Florida education news: Bus rides, school repairs, slavery lessons and more

BUS RIDES: Many Florida school districts have eliminated student bus routes, citing excessive costs. Now some state lawmakers aim to reverse that trend, advancing legislation to make it easier to identify hazardous walking routes and provide transportation to even more students. The only hangup remains the potential financial impact, listed at more than $150 million. Sponsor Sen. Greg Steube said he'd fight for the measure regardless: "I don't think there's a better use of taxpayer dollars than to make sure our students are safe."

SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Families and community leaders turn to Tampa city government in hopes of saving Lee Elementary School, which burned after Hurricane Irma.

SLAVERY STUDIES: A new report says Florida and several other states gloss over the details of slavery in their social studies curricula, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AFTER THE STORM: Puerto Rican students displaced by Hurricane Maria continue to adjust to school in Florida, Education Week reports. • Several Monroe County child care centers continue to seek homes after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, the Keys Weekly reports.

IN COURT: A grand jury convenes to examine whether child abuse was taking place in Okaloosa County special education classrooms, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BULLYING: Debate continues over an attempt to create a new tax credit scholarship program for Florida students who say they are bullied in school, the Associated Press reports.

INCLUSION: A Palm Beach County high school's efforts to include everyone at lunch time reaches an international audience, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TIMING MATTERS: Sarasota County school district leaders worry that their superintendent's accusations against a board member will derail their tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAXES: Manatee County school district officials visit groups to explain their property tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TODAY IN TALLAHASSEE: House Higher Education Appropriations, 9:30 a.m. • House PreK-12 Appropriations, 12:30 p.m. (One bill on computer science instruction)

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Gum is not a food: Pasco schools seek ‘common sense’ tweaks to football game security

Gum is not a food: Pasco schools seek ‘common sense’ tweaks to football game security

With news of shootings at high school football games in other parts of Florida still fresh, the Pasco County school district amped up security at its sporting events, beginning Sept. 14.It didn't take long for some spectators to spot some flaws in th...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

Florida education news: Teacher bonuses, school security, classroom technology and more

BONUS CHALLENGE: The Florida Education Association's legal challenge of the "Best and Brightest" bonus program is headed to mediation for a possible resolution. The union contends the program discriminates against educators of a certain age and ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

Florida ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus lawsuit heads to mediation

A year-old case contending Florida's "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program discriminates against educators of a certain age or race is headed to mediation in November.The complaint focuses on the part of the 2015 program that relies upon...
Published: 09/24/18
Hillsborough Sheriff joins oversight board for school tax

Hillsborough Sheriff joins oversight board for school tax

Sheriff Chad Chronister has agreed to serve as vice chair of an oversight committee for the proposed half-cent sales tax to benefit the Hillsborough County Public Schools.The school district announced his selection Monday morning. Betty Castor, who s...
Published: 09/24/18
First donations are logged in school referendum campaign

First donations are logged in school referendum campaign

Strengthen Our Schools, the political committee that is promoting the half-cent sales tax to benefit the Hillsborough County Public Schools, reported its first $150,600 in contributions this week.The biggest checks, each for $75,000, came from the Hi...
Published: 09/24/18
Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

Florida education news: Scholarships, taxes, security and more

SCHOLARSHIPS: Several weeks into the school year, Florida's newest student scholarships are getting closer to reality. More than 2,700 children have applied for a Reading Scholarship, while car dealers will be allowed to start offering tax credi...
Published: 09/24/18
ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 16, 2018

Florida’s race for governor is officially on, and the topic of education promises to be a key issue as the candidates seek support. The major party hopefuls focused on their policy priorities over the past week, and they differ is most every wa...
Published: 09/22/18
Two Pasco County schools see principal shift

Two Pasco County schools see principal shift

Plagued with low staff morale, Pasco Middle School on Friday got a new principal charged with improving the climate of the Dade City campus.Danielle "Dee Dee" Johnson, principal of Wesley Chapel High since early 2017, was appointed to ...
Published: 09/21/18
Time for Florida’s new student scholarships draws near

Time for Florida’s new student scholarships draws near

It's six weeks into the 2018-19 school year, and Florida's two newest scholarship programs to help struggling readers and bullied children are about to become reality.Florida lawmakers established the Reading Scholarship and the "Hope" Scholarsh...
Published: 09/21/18
Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

Florida education news: Football, mental health, accountability and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis offers more insights on his views about Common Core, testing, charter schools and civics education. He released his position paper on education earlier in the week. Several l...
Published: 09/21/18