Tag: Pinellas County School District

Florida roundup: virtual schools, magnet schools, paddling & more

Virtual schools. Florida Virtual School is battling proposed budget cuts, reports Associated Press. A state investigation finds online provider K12 Inc. employed three teachers who lacked proper certification to teach some subjects, reports StateImpact Florida. Magnet schools. A Hillsborough high school best known for its football program starts an academic program heavy[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Florida Virtual School, parent trigger, Common Core & more

Parent trigger. Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, writes in this Orlando Sentinel op-ed that parents should have the choice to keep their child with a teacher with a bad eval. In this Tampa Bay Times letter to the editor, Carlos Alfonso with the Foundation for Florida’s Future dispels parent trigger myths[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, student data, teachers and guns & more

Charter schools. The Pinellas school board will again consider whether to sell a vacant middle school building to a proposed charter school, reports Gradebook. A new charter school in Immokalee that will use blended learning is now enrolling students , reports the Naples Daily News. Data. The Bradenton Herald editorial board:[Read More…]

Florida roundup: merit pay cheers, parent trigger stink, teacher evals & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger is not worth the fuss, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab: “We’re wasting time with political gamesmanship over a bill that both sides are making a bigger stink over than it’s worth.” Tony Bennett. New Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz accuses former super Tony Bennett, of wasteful spending[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, virtual schools, diploma paths & more

Virtual schools. In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, politely suggests to the Florida Legislature that cutting funding for Florida Virtual School is a bad idea. Charter schools. Many charter schools struggle under the state’s funding system to spend enough in the classroom, reports the Daytona Beach[Read More…]

Florida roundup: diploma tracks, school spending, virtual school funding & more

Virtual schools. In the wake of concerns about funding cuts to Florida Virtual School, the Senate Rules Committee approves an amendment that would require the DOE to study funding for online courses and offer recommendations. StateImpact Florida. Charter schools. The town of Juno Beach says no to allowing a charter[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, course choice, Common Core & more

Charter schools. Both sides postpone the sale of a former Pinellas middle school to a charter school operator that plans to serve black students in south St. Petersburg, reports Gradebook. A Miami charter school is looking for a new home because its landlord, the Archdiocese of Miami, abruptly ended its lease,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Jeb Bush, teacher conduct, school technology & more

Charter schools. The Pinellas school district could lose $6 million next year if the school board approves a new charter school and the proposed expansion of several others. Gradebook. Jeb Bush. Digital learning, Common Core and empowering the parents of students with disabilities top the legislative agenda for Jeb Bush’s[Read More…]