Thursday, July 19, 2018

Florida education news: School security, civics testing, superintendents and more

A LITTLE HELP HERE?: A Pasco County family asks school principals to help sell its home after seeing that a recent attendance zone adjustment has made potential buyers less interested.

SECURITY: The Broward County school district faces continued questioning over the way it handled issues that led to the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This time, people are raising concerns over the district's threat assessment model that did little to snag shooter Nikolas Cruz, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • All candidates running for Manatee County School Board agree that school security efforts must extend beyond adding guards, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A committee reviewing the Parkland shooting suggests schools need better alternative discipline programs, TC Palm reports. • The Marion County school district puts off its plans for a new headquarters so it can spend the money on hardening schools instead, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Alachua County's sheriff asks the school district to pay a larger share of the cost to place officers in schools, WUFT reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: The Brevard County School Board inks a deal with its next superintendent, Florida Today reports.

CIVICS: Some Duval County residents accuse groups that alleged the district cheated on the state civics exam of "old-fashioned racism," the Florida Times-Union reports.

TEACHER SHORTAGE: Florida sees an increase in the number of certified teachers in the state, Miami Today reports.

TURNAROUNDS: Bay County parents want to know why the principal of their school is replaced with a first-time principal even after the school earned a C grade from the state, WJHG reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teachers get no closer to a contract deal with the district during a round of negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: Unable to close down a troubled charter school, the Palm Beach County school district decides to stop sending the charter any money until a court can decide its fate, the Palm Beach Post reports.

VOUCHERS: Funding will be delayed for the state's new scholarships for students who claim they are bullied in school, the News Service of Florida reports.

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Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

Pinellas parent becomes Florida PTA president

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Gradebook podcast: Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham

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Florida education news: Turnarounds, vouchers, charter schools and more

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TURNAROUNDS: With 2018 state grades out, Hillsborough and Pinellas school district leaders bring improvement plans for their most struggling campuses to the Florida Board of Education for approval. Each gets warnings that their plans m...
Published: 07/19/18
Credit recovery high school closes

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Hillsborough County this year will have two, not three alternative charter high schools operated by the Accelerated Learning Solutions management group.Town and Country Charter High School is being shut down because of low enrollment, the company con...
Published: 07/18/18
Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Florida Board of Education adopts rules on scholarships for bullied students

Satisfied the program has safeguards in place to prevent fraud, the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a rule governing the state's new tax-credit scholarship for students who claim they have been bullied in public school.In craftin...
Published: 07/18/18
More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

More things candidates say while running for Hillsborough County School Board.

On Tuesday, we met two of the three candidates in District 1 for the Hillsborough County School Board. Today we present all three candidates for District 2, which covers South Tampa and the more rural communities of Southeast Hillsborough.Stacy ...
Published: 07/18/18
Pasco School Board candidates offer thoughts on rezoning, teacher pay and other key issues

Pasco School Board candidates offer thoughts on rezoning, teacher pay and other key issues

The Pasco County School Board will change its complexion this fall, with the election of at least one new member, with the possibility of as many as three.The 10 candidates for three seats participated in forums this week, sponsored by the West ...
Published: 07/18/18
New principals for Bevis, Dickenson elementary schools

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The Hillsborough County School Board named these new principals on Tuesday: Marisa Brody, former assistant principal of Cannella Elementary as principal of Dickenson Elementary; and Rebecca Thoms, former assistant principal of Bevis Elementary, as pr...
Published: 07/18/18
Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

Florida education news: Accountability, security, leadership and more

ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's education system has served as a national model. Its federal accountability plan, though, still can't get approval from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.SECURITY: The Pasco County school district...
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