Tag: state Rep. Kionne McGhee

High school graduation rate up slightly, bill would boost teacher pay, early learning bills and more

High school graduation rate up: Florida’s high school graduation rate improved slightly during the 2018-2019 school year, to 86.9 percent from 86.1 percent in the 2017-2018 school year, according to the Florida Department of Education and Gov. Ron DeSantis…

Teacher pay hikes: A bill that would boost teacher salaries a specified amount this July and again in 2021 and 2022 has been filed in the Florida House. H.B. 1223, sponsored by Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, would raise teacher salaries to $47,500 or by 5 percent, whichever is greater, on July 5…

Early learning bills: The state’s early learning programs would be placed under the direction of the Florida Department of Education under bills (H.B. 1013 and S.B. 1616) that have been filed in the House and Senate. The bills, sponsored by state Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, and state Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, would create a Division of Early Learning to replace the Office of Early Learning and the school readiness program for state-subsidized child care…

Florida schools roundup: Transgender fight, new boards, rule changes and more

Transgender fight: Dozens of Pasco County parents are calling on the school board to reverse its decision to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity choice. “Our gender is not assigned. We are created male and female. God is good,” resident Harry Chamness[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Teacher turnover, top teacher finalist and more

Teacher turnover: School districts in west-central Florida are struggling to find teachers willing to work in low-income and low-rated schools. Incentive money alone is not working.¬†“It’s working conditions above anything else that determines whether teachers stay or go,” says¬†Sonja Santelises, vice president of K-12 policy at the Education Trust, whose[Read More…]