Friday, November 24, 2017

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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Does Florida’s constitutional mandate of one-subject legislation apply to HB 7069?

Does Florida’s constitutional mandate of one-subject legislation apply to HB 7069?

Logrolling.It's defined as the practice of including multiple unrelated items in a single legislative bill, with the goal of attracting wider support for the measure as a whole.Florida's constitution forbids it, stating: "Every law shall embrace but ...
Published: 11/15/17
Florida education news: Budgets, protests, textbooks and more

Florida education news: Budgets, protests, textbooks and more

BUDGETS: Since his first year in office, when he proposed a $1.3 billion cut to education, Gov. Rick Scott has called for more money for public schooling. For his final proposal as governor, he called for "record funding" including a $200 per-st...
Published: 11/15/17
Why is there no money for teacher raises?

Why is there no money for teacher raises?

Facing down hundreds of angry teachers on Tuesday, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins came as close as any administrator has to acknowledging planning was poor when the district rolled out its Gates-funded teaching reforms.Reading from a prepare...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Pro-science group warns of textbook challenge in Nassau County schools

Pro-science group warns of textbook challenge in Nassau County schools

As lawmakers debated a bill last spring to make it easier to challenge school instructional materials, members of Florida Citizens for Science cautioned the measure would lead to a battle over evolution — a standard the state narrowly adopted i...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Gov. Scott proposes ‘record funding’ for Florida education

Gov. Scott proposes ‘record funding’ for Florida education

In his final budget proposal as governor, with a likely U.S. Senate race ahead of him, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled his plan for "record funding" in early education, K-12 public schools, colleges and universities."We're going to make sure we f...
Published: 11/14/17
Pasco County administration, non-instructional union trade pay proposals

Pasco County administration, non-instructional union trade pay proposals

Negotiators for the Pasco County school district and non-instructional personnel returned to bargaining Monday, hoping to narrow the differences in their pay proposals.They got to within $500,000 of each other.District officials countered the United ...
Published: 11/14/17
Florida education news: Teachers, testing, audits and more

Florida education news: Teachers, testing, audits and more

TEACHER PAY: Hundreds of Hillsborough County teachers are expected to fill the School Board chambers today to complain about the district's announcement it will not fulfill their salary agreement.TESTING: A review clears Pasco County's Trin...
Published: 11/14/17
Canterbury announces its new board

Canterbury announces its new board

Nearly a month after a contentious board meeting led to turnover and near nonrenewal of its head of school of 12 years, Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg has announced its new board of trustees.Mac Hall, the head of school whose con...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17
Where are all the students going?

Where are all the students going?

As the Hillsborough County School Board prepares to vote on four new charter school applications, we thought we would share some data from the district about how many students are remaining at their neighborhood schools.The district recently released...
Published: 11/13/17
Audit review sees improving financial controls among Florida school districts

Audit review sees improving financial controls among Florida school districts

The Florida Auditor General shows improving financial accounting for the state's 67 school districts in its newly released trend report.The latest available information indicates that just one school district — Jefferson County — had...
Published: 11/13/17