Tag: Pinellas County School District

Florida schools roundup: Charters, magnet schools, FCAT & more

Charter schools: University Preparatory Academy in Pinellas County names a new principal, a public school transformation coach from North Carolina. Tampa Bay Times. The Lake Wales Charter Schools board of trustees approves a pay bump for more than 400 instructional and non-instructional personnel. The Ledger. Magnet schools: Pinellas County School Board members[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Career academies, charters, districts & more

Career academy: Some Pasco County high school students will learn to fly drones when their school launches an aviation career academy in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Tampa Tribune. Charter schools: Pinellas County school board members approve the school district’s first virtual charter school. The Tampa Tribune. Hillsborough school officials vote down[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Teacher evals, charters, audits & more

Teacher evaluations: Nearly every teacher in Broward and Palm Beach counties earns top marks last school year. Sun Sentinel. A majority of Brevard teachers earned the highest possible rating. Florida Today. The First Coast has more than 4,000 highly effective public school teachers. Florida Times-Union. 97.9 percent of teachers evaluated statewide are rated effective[Read More…]

We need more cooperation between school districts and school choice

by Glen Gilzean, Jr. A struggle over an empty school building in Milwaukee speaks to the growing conflict between urban districts that are losing enrollment and school choice operators who are eager to take advantage. As a School Board member in St. Petersburg/Pinellas, Florida, I saw the same tensions. Selling vacant[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Common Core, charter schools, ed commissioner & more

Education commissioner. The Florida Board of Education appears poised to hire interim commissioner Pam Stewart to permanently replace Tony Bennett instead of launching the third search in two years. Associated Press. Common Core, school grades and new tests aren’t on the agenda. Miami Herald. Common Core. Lawmakers face growing resistance as[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Back pay, literacy coaches, first days & more

Libraries: Five Miami-Dade County technical school libraries will open to the public starting the first day of school to offset expected budget cuts. Miami Herald. Back pay: An arbitrator tells the Broward school district it owes high school teachers hours of back pay for teaching an additional class period last school year. Sun Sentinel. Higher ed: Florida’s[Read More…]