Tag: Escambia County School District

Florida roundup: STEM, expulsions, facilities and more

Accountability. A key House lawmaker sees no support for pausing grades. Gradebook. Expulsions. The mother at the center of a controversial expulsion case is also a public-school teacher, and fears her job could be at risk. Pensacola News-Journal. Discipline. Sarasota considers alternatives to suspensions and other major punishments. Sarasota Herald-Tribune. STEM. Schools[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Tax credit scholarships, politics, philanthropy and more

Tax credit scholarships. Will the program drain $3 billion from public schools? Mostly false. PolitiFact. Politics. Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab chides a local school board candidate who attacked the “toxic culture of education” for over-the-top political rhetoric. Philanthropy. Teach for America recruits appear to be helping Miami-Dade students in math but not reading, a study shows. Miami[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Religion, Randi Weingarten, Common Core & more

Lawsuit: The Palm Beach County School Board faces a lawsuit from two students and their rabbi/attorney/father that charges the district fails to teach evolution and truths about religions. Sun Sentinel. Protest: Parents protest the Lake County school district’s planned busing cuts that will force some elementary and middle-school students to walk to school when classes start[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, school spending, athletics & more

Parent focus: Lincoln Park Elementary Principal Cassandra Smith plans to work closely with parents at the turnaround school in Escambia County. Pensacola News Journal. School spending: Manatee County School Board members meet tonight to consider a 2.16 percent increase to this year’s tax levy to help bring in more money for[Read More…]

Florida roundup: School grades, charter schools, AP costs & more

School grades: Schools superintendents from across the state warn Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and the Board of Education that the new school grades formula will result in more F schools. Tampa Bay Times. More from the Palm Beach Post and Orlando Sentinel. Lawsuits: A judge has ruled that the federal discrimination[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Charter privatization, teacher quality, dual enrollment & more

Charter schools: Pembroke Pines city leaders release a privatization plan for its charter schools system that could result in hundreds of teachers losing their jobs. Miami Herald. The city plans to contract with Charter Schools USA for $10 million a year to operate the system. Sun-Sentinel. School grades: Education officials from[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, teachers, Manatee school district & more

Teachers. Either masochists or saints. StateImpact Florida. Teacher conduct. The Gilchrist County teacher  of the  year is put on leave following allegations of inappropriate conduct with female students. Gainesville Sun. Teacher pay. The chair of the Marion County School Board says 160 first-year teachers will be spared their jobs if[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Catholic schools, teacher pay, accountability gaming & more

Catholic schools. Yet another Catholic school closes, this one in Palm Beach County, with many students turning to charter schools. South Florida Sun Sentinel. Charter schools. One in east Hillsborough will close after multiple issues, reports the Tampa Tribune. Dayspring Academy in Pasco, co-founded by state Sen. John Legg, wants to[Read More…]