Tag: Pinellas County School District

Florida schools roundup: Kiera Wilmot, online classes, school choice & more

Kiera Wilmot. Prosecutors won’t file criminal charges against Kiera Wilmot, the Polk County student who has become a cause celebre after igniting a small chemical explosion on school grounds, reports the Lakeland Ledger. Beth Kassab says the arrest took things way too far. In the aftermath, neighboring Orange will get[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Rick Scott, teacher conduct, superintendents & more

Teacher evals. Governing looks at whether teachers unions in other states will file suits similar to Florida’s. Teacher conduct. A veteran Broward County teacher is suspended for 13 days without pay for allowing an “overly permissive” classroom environment in which, among other things, she talked about her sex life. Her[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: charter schools, Common Core, school safety & more

Charter schools. The principal of an Imagine charter school that tried to separate from the parent company will leave at the end of the school year, and the school will remain with Imagine, according to a settlement deal, reports the Sarasota Herald Tribune. The Miami-Dade School Board approves contracts for a[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: conversion charter, Common Core, Tony Bennett & more

Charter schools. An arts magnet in Manatee considers converting to a charter school because of the district’s ongoing financial woes. Bradenton Herald. Common Core. Hillsborough school board members voice all kinds of concerns about Common Core. Tampa Bay Times. Tony Bennett. StateImpact Florida gives ink to anonymous, garden variety critics.[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: teacher pay, charter schools, school spending & more

Teacher pay. Gov. Rick Scott embarks on his Teacher Pay Raise Pep Rally Tour. Coverage from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Florida Times Union, Associated Press, StateImpact Florida. Teachers are “fed up with being used as political pawns,” says Pinellas teachers union president Kim Black in this Steve Bousquet piece. Charter schools. Gradebook pulls[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: turnarounds, teacher conduct, legislative wrap-ups & more

School turnarounds. Tampa Bay Times education editor Tom Tobin offers his take on what it takes: “a long, slow slog that requires principals and teachers to keep on task, stay inspired and fight through times when things don’t seem to be working.” The Times also offers a statistical snapshot of[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Parent trigger, Marco Rubio, teacher pay & more

Parent trigger. Another year, another defeat for the parent trigger. Coverage from Tampa Bay Times, StateImpact Florida, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Tallahassee Democrat, Associated Press, Education Week, Sarasota Herald Tribune. Marco Rubio. Visits a Tampa private school to tout his federal tax credit scholarship bill – and says nice things about public[Read More…]

Florida roundup: parent trigger, school turnarounds, diploma tracks & more

Parent trigger. Who are Sunshine Parents, a group tied to parent trigger? Tampa Bay Times. More on AnswerSheet. More questions about who signed or didn’t sign a petition in support of parent trigger, reports The Buzz. Turnaround schools. A number of schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough face prescriptive state intervention[Read More…]