Thursday, November 15, 2018

Florida education news: School closures, sales taxes, achievement gap and more

SCHOOL CHOICE: Election wins by supporters of tax credit scholarships, charter schools and open enrollment prompt advocates to declare school choice the winner of Florida's Election Night.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: In one week, the Pasco County school district has recommended shutting down three elementary schools. Parents at Mittye P. Locke Elementary question why the administration would consider closing the school with the highest academic performance in the area. Parents from Lacoochee Elementary offer alternatives as the staff explains its idea to the School Board.

TAXES: Hillsborough County school district leaders find the winning approach to gaining support for their sales tax increase proposal in just 10 weeks.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Leaders of Pinellas County's effort to overcome the academic achievement gap between black and other students say more supports outside the academics are needed.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: A Pasco County teacher helps children in China learn English while sitting in her Land O'Lakes home.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Marion County school district officials work to figure out who's in charge now that voters have done away with the elected superintendent position, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Duval County charter school applicant fails to convince the School Board to approve its request, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A dual-language charter school wins approval to open in Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ELECTION MILESTONE: Polk County voters elect Florida's first openly lesbian School Board member, Florida Politics reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: Gulf County schools are steadily returning to more normal activity after Hurricane Michael hit, the Port St. Joe Star reports.

BAD ACTS: A Manatee County teacher is fired after being arrested on allegations of soliciting a child for sex, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TODAY: The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the 2009 Citizens for Strong Schools education funding adequacy lawsuit. The court convenes at 9 a.m. Watch on The Florida Channel. Here's some background.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

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Florida recount: The civics lesson

Florida recount: The civics lesson

The Florida Education Association will introduce a curriculum on the election for schools to use.
Published: 11/14/18
Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Differences over pay raises remain the primary remaining hurdle.
Published: 11/14/18
Florida education news: K-12 funding, college access, school naming and more

Florida education news: K-12 funding, college access, school naming and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/14/18
Nearly 100 ideas to rename Tampa’s Lee Elementary

Nearly 100 ideas to rename Tampa’s Lee Elementary

From the obvious to the ironic and back again, Hillsborough residents racked their collective brains to find the best new name for Lee Elementary School.MaryEllen Elia was suggested, for the last superintendent.But that won't happen. A newly revised ...
Published: 11/13/18
USF and other Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

USF and other Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

Together, they will "create a playbook of adaptable student success reforms," USF said.
Published: 11/13/18
Supporters defend Pasco principal accused of stealing $900 from a student

Supporters defend Pasco principal accused of stealing $900 from a student

Days after the arrest of Connerton Elementary principal John Abernathy, accused of stealing $900 from a student with special needs, "Team John" began lobbying the school district to keep the veteran administrator on the job.Superintendent Kurt Browni...
Published: 11/13/18
Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Florida superintendents association adopts legislative platform

Funding plays a key role in several of the recommendations.
Published: 11/13/18
Florida education news: Prekindergarten, parent pushback, school board races and more

Florida education news: Prekindergarten, parent pushback, school board races and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/13/18
Hudson Elementary staff, families hope to halt proposal to close school

Hudson Elementary staff, families hope to halt proposal to close school

The Pasco County superintendent has recommended shutting down the campus in 2021.
Published: 11/12/18
Florida education news: School funding, board members, student testing and more

Florida education news: School funding, board members, student testing and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Published: 11/12/18