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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 15. 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Jan. 15. 2018

The nation's eighth largest school district (Hillsborough County) hits the headlines again, this time for failing to come through on its turnaround plans for four struggling elementary schools. Plus, school board term limits, voucher school oversight...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Proposal to end Florida school board member pay voted down in Constitution Revision Commission committee, again

Proposal to end Florida school board member pay voted down in Constitution Revision Commission committee, again

For a second time, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission education committee has killed a proposal to end school board member salaries.Committee members in the majority argued that the change could eliminate the diversity of people able t...
Published: 01/19/18
‘Please remove my name’: ESOL email blitz roars back to life in Pasco County schools

‘Please remove my name’: ESOL email blitz roars back to life in Pasco County schools

If ever you needed proof positive that nothing dies on the Internet, the Pasco County school district has it.An ESOL training email thought dead and buried last fall after responses filled annoyed recipients' inboxes resurfaced with a vengeance Thurs...
Published: 01/19/18
Florida education news: Turnarounds, teacher pay, class size and more

Florida education news: Turnarounds, teacher pay, class size and more

TURNAROUND SCHOOLS: Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins continued to defend the district's decision to leave some teachers with poor evaluations in low-performing schools, even after criticism from the Florida Board of Education. Eaki...
Published: 01/19/18
What Teacher of the Year Bonnie Bresnyan wrote shows us how she won

What Teacher of the Year Bonnie Bresnyan wrote shows us how she won

This is Bonnie Bresnyan, disco dancing across the stage at Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts to the strains of “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire. She did so twice during Tuesday’s  Teacher of the Year awards ceremony: First, when intr...
Published: 01/18/18
Updated: 01/19/18
Eakins on teachers at schools under state scrutiny: “They were doing a high quality job.”

Eakins on teachers at schools under state scrutiny: “They were doing a high quality job.”

Returning to Tampa after Wednesday’s beat-down by the state Board of Education in Tallahassee, Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins took  time to answer our questions about the four schools who will need new principals — Mango, Palm River, Pizzo a...
Published: 01/18/18
Gradebook podcast: Behind the state’s searing appraisal of Hillsborough schools

Gradebook podcast: Behind the state’s searing appraisal of Hillsborough schools

Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins tried to explain to the Florida Board of Education on Wednesday why he had delayed making leadership changes at four elementary schools with persistently low state test scores. The board didn't w...
Published: 01/18/18
Following proposal to consolidate USF universities, trustees to hold conference call

Following proposal to consolidate USF universities, trustees to hold conference call

Some University of South Florida trustees will hold a conference call to discuss the legislative session on Friday, one week after a proposal emerged in Tallahassee that would consolidate three USF System universities into one.Presiden...
Published: 01/18/18
Florida class size violations continue to dwindle

Florida class size violations continue to dwindle

A shrinking number of Florida schools were in violation of the state's 2002 class size amendment in the fall, reflective of a growing dependence on schoolwide averages rather than classroom counts.The Florida Department of Education reported that...
Published: 01/18/18
East Pasco County parents ask for changes to high school graduation times

East Pasco County parents ask for changes to high school graduation times

Rivals on the field and off, Pasco and Zephyrhills high schools generally have little to do with one another, despite sitting just nine miles apart.When it comes to graduation, though, some parents want to make sure they get to both schools...
Published: 01/18/18