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Florida education news: Graduation rates, capital funding, open meetings and more

Florida education news: Graduation rates, capital funding, open meetings and more

GRADUATION RATES: Florida's high school graduation rate continues to climb, to a new high of 82.3 percent in 2017. For the first time, all four Tampa Bay area districts also surpass the 80 percent mark, with several schools making large gains. M...
Published: 01/11/18
Judge voids Pasco County school district’s 2017 west-side rezoning

Judge voids Pasco County school district’s 2017 west-side rezoning

A Pasco County circuit court judge on Wednesday invalidated the School Board's year-old decision that moved hundreds of children from Mitchell High to River Ridge High this past fall, as a way to ease crowding in west-side schools...
Published: 01/10/18
Florida, Tampa Bay graduation rates rise above 80 percent

Florida, Tampa Bay graduation rates rise above 80 percent

Graduation rates in Florida and in Tampa Bay continue to climb, according to data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education.Florida's overall graduation rate increased 1.6 percentage points to a new high of 82.3 percent. All four Tamp...
Published: 01/10/18
Florida charter schools get final figures on local capital funding support

Florida charter schools get final figures on local capital funding support

Charter schools across Florida will get a combined $91.2 million from their school districts this year, as part of a new capital funds sharing program lawmakers created last spring.The money comes from districts' local property tax revenue for constr...
Published: 01/10/18
Pasco School Board member Steve Luikart to retire

Pasco School Board member Steve Luikart to retire

After conferring with family and friends, Pasco County School Board member Steve Luikart has decided eight years is enough."It's time to do something else," the retired educator told the Gradebook on Wednesday.A regular dissenting voice on some contr...
Published: 01/10/18
Florida education news: State funding, student data, charter schools and more

Florida education news: State funding, student data, charter schools and more

FUNDING: In the first hours of Florida's 2018 legislative session, House Speaker Richard Corcoran made crystal clear his perspective on public education funding and the role of local property taxes. Leaving the tax rates unchanged to benefit fro...
Published: 01/10/18
Pinellas, Newpoint charter school officials subpoenaed for criminal trial of Ohio businessman

Pinellas, Newpoint charter school officials subpoenaed for criminal trial of Ohio businessman

About a dozen Pinellas County school district officials and board members of four charter schools managed by Newpoint Education Partners have been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of an Ohio businessman accused of selling marked up goods to Ne...
Published: 01/10/18
Kindergarten in Hillsborough

Kindergarten in Hillsborough

Schools in Hillsborough County are beginning to schedule kindergarten roundup events for the 2017-18 school year.A list is here. Where schools have not yet set dates, they have given their phone numbers for information.You do not need all your child'...
Published: 01/09/18
Bill to make home schooling easier in Florida flies through first committee

Bill to make home schooling easier in Florida flies through first committee

On its first full day of session, the Florida House took steps to make it easier for families to home school their children while still taking advantage of some public education services.With no opposition from the public or members, the House PreK-1...
Published: 01/09/18
Graduation rates: where are they?

Graduation rates: where are they?

Winter break came and went with many still left wondering: where are the 2017 graduation rates?The Florida Department of Education usually announces state, county and school-by-school graduation rates in a press release in December or early Janu...
Published: 01/09/18