Tag: State Sen. Rob Bradley

Best and Brightest repeal advances, Miami-Dade district honored, violence in schools and more

EEducator bonuses repeal: A bill that would repeal the state’s Best and Brightest educators bonuses program was unanimously approved Monday by the Florida Senate Education Committee. The bill aligns  with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal to do away with the program in favor of his own $300 million bonuses plan, which would provide extra money for teachers and principals working in improving low-income schools…

District, educators honored: The Miami-Dade County School District has been chosen as the nation’s school district of the year by the online educational publication Education Dive. The district was honored for its high achievement, continuing improvement and innovation, community involvement and for embracing and adapting changes brought on by the school choice movement…

Violence in schools: A push for inclusion has put unstable children into school classrooms without the support those students need, and they are injuring teachers, bus drivers and employees in Broward County and thousands more across Florida, according to records. In just the past 18 months, more than 100 students across Florida have threatened to kill their teachers, classmates or themselves, according to records from 10 major counties…

State investigating district, dollars for districts, ‘grow your own’ plan, educator bonuses and more

District under investigation: The Sarasota County School District is under investigation by the state for steering a student with an average IQ into a program reserved specifically for students with severe cognitive disabilities in order to protect the district’s grade from the state. “Staff conduct related to such misrepresentations was systemic in the district and fundamentally violated the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which is based on individualized education derived from an honest reporting of the data,” administrative law judge Diane Cleavinger wrote after hearing a complaint in October from the student’s parents…

Proposed district funding: If Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education budget is approved, $602,282,686 would be distributed proportionately to the state’s school districts through the Florida Education Finance Program for the 2020-2021 school year, with Miami-Dade getting the most at $41,380,556…

Teacher shortage: The Lee County School District is fighting the teacher shortage by offering scholarships for local high school and college students who then commit to teach for at least three years in the district after college graduation…