Tag: Bobby James

Florida schools roundup: 45,000 out of schools, teacher frustration and more

Students out of schools: About 45,000 Florida students are missing school because of Hurricane Michael. Schools in five counties — Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson and Liberty — remain closed until further notice. Four other districts have announced reopening plans. Holmes County teachers and staff return to work today, with students[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: ESSA plan approved, medical marijuana and more

ESSA plan approved: Florida’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act finally has won the approval of the U.S. Education Department. The state submitted five revisions of the accountability plan, including one this week, before Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave her approval in a letter to Florida Education Commissioner[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: District emergency, court hearing, Zika and more

Financial emergency: The Jefferson County School District is in a financial emergency, the Florida Department of Education declares. The state requires districts to have a 3 percent reserve fund, and the district’s is now under 2 percent. The state has asked for and received two financial improvement plans, but Education Commissioner Pam[Read More…]