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Gradebook podcast: Wage war in Hillsborough County, the nation’s eighth largest school district

Gradebook podcast: Wage war in Hillsborough County, the nation’s eighth largest school district

The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association has been at odds with the school district over pay for the past year. It's not walking out of school, though. The group has taken its case to a special magistrate, who will decide whether the faculty or...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Snively: My assessment of the Hillsborough superintendent is best spoken, not written

Snively: My assessment of the Hillsborough superintendent is best spoken, not written

Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively said Thursday that she has frequent conversations with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, but prefers not to commit her assessment of him to a written form."I just felt that it is a formality, and my e...
Updated: 11 hours ago
New report finds dearth of charter schools in many needy Florida communities

New report finds dearth of charter schools in many needy Florida communities

Here's a new report that's likely to generate debate in Florida education circles.Charter School Deserts: High-Poverty Neighborhoods withLimited Educational Options, from the choice-friendly Fordham Institute,  puts forth the idea that...
Published: 04/26/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, charter schools, campus security and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, charter schools, campus security and more

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: A battle over wages continues in the nation's eighth largest school district, with representatives of the Hillsborough County teachers union listing myriad ways it sees the district leadership wasting money. Union o...
Published: 04/26/18
First meeting for USF consolidation group underscores big task ahead

First meeting for USF consolidation group underscores big task ahead

The task force members who will help guide the University of South Florida System through consolidation gathered for the first time Wednesday in an orientation that nodded to the wide-ranging terrain they’ll cover. They got primers on public records ...
Published: 04/25/18
Hernando superintendent “pink slipped” by public following firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary

Hernando superintendent “pink slipped” by public following firing of 47 teachers at Moton Elementary

BROOKSVILLE — A room full of people clothed in purple erupted in frustration before Hernando County school officials Tuesday night, scolding Superintendent Lori Romano for the recent firing of 47 high-ranking teachers at Moton Element...
Published: 04/25/18
Pasco school district moves quickly to create safety officer program for elementary schools

Pasco school district moves quickly to create safety officer program for elementary schools

The idea of placing armed safety officers rather than sworn law enforcement into Pasco County's elementary schools first surfaced a week ago, but it is swiftly moving toward becoming reality.Superintendent Kurt Browning has asked the School Board to ...
Published: 04/25/18
Which Democrats did the Foundation for Florida’s Future rate well this year?

Which Democrats did the Foundation for Florida’s Future rate well this year?

Each spring, Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future grades state lawmakers for their votes on key education issues that came up in the most recent legislative session.Since the group strongly promotes the school choice and accountabilit...
Published: 04/25/18
Florida education news: Teacher dismissal, school funding, student testing and more

Florida education news: Teacher dismissal, school funding, student testing and more

TEACHER DISMISSAL: Supporters of 47 teachers recently fired from Hernando County's struggling Moton Elementary School demand reconsideration from the School Board. Superintendent Lori Romano explains her action, and though board members sou...
Published: 04/25/18
Highlights, in Hillsborough, of state’s new education law

Highlights, in Hillsborough, of state’s new education law

The high point of Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board workshop on this year's state education bill came about 80 minutes into the two-hour session, when member Lynn Gray said, "I question the effectiveness of our political liaisons in protecti...
Published: 04/24/18