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ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Nov. 12, 2018

Across Florida, local voters have agreed time and again to tax themselves more as a way to support school needs. Yet they live in a state where lawmakers keep pushing for lower taxes. How will this apparent discrepancy play out? Read on for that and ...
Published: 11/17/18
Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher  contracts

Negotiations yield little agreement on Pasco teacher contracts

Representatives for the Pasco County school district and its teachers met for less than 30 minutes Thursday, trading a handful of proposals without reaching agreement on any.The district presented a counteroffer on pay, adding $617,755 to its  p...
Published: 11/16/18
Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

Greco Middle School, three others in Hillsborough get new principals

TAMPA – In between speeches about Lee Elementary School and the debate to rename Lee, the Hillsborough County School Board on Thursday also approved 17 administrative assignments that included new leaders at four schools.Andrew Olson is being t...
Published: 11/16/18
Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

Florida education news: School names, teacher pay, mental health services and more

NEW BUILDING, NEW NAME: Robert E. Lee Elementary School in a heavily minority section of Tampa burned nearly to the ground after an electrical surge in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The school will rise again. But it will shed its Confederate...
Published: 11/16/18
Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Pasco School Board member-elect Harding removes hurdle to taking oath of office

Megan Harding ran her campaign for Pasco County School Board on a simple premise: A teacher belongs on the board.After this week, Harding will no longer be teaching.She submitted her letter of resignation to Fox Hollow Elementary School principal Kar...
Published: 11/15/18
Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts

Sen. David Simmons, named Florida Senate president pro tempore, plans to continue education efforts

Sen. David Simmons, a Seminole County Republican who has run the education budget in both the Florida House and Senate during his long tenure, has risen to the second-in-command post of the upper chamber.And from his post as Senate president pro temp...
Published: 11/15/18
Gradebook podcast: Recounting Florida  The Education Election Edition

Gradebook podcast: Recounting Florida The Education Election Edition

A week after Election Day 2018, Florida remained knee deep in reviewing the results of some key state races. Not to be lost in the shuffle, though, are some significant outcomes in the Florida education world.Just over a quarter of school board incum...
Published: 11/15/18
Florida education news: Recount lessons, contract talks, student support and more

Florida education news: Recount lessons, contract talks, student support and more

RECOUNT LESSONS: With Florida's contentious election recount as a backdrop, the Florida Education Association and its national and local affiliates unveil a classroom curriculum based on what's going on.  A key message from the group, which...
Published: 11/15/18
Florida recount: The civics lesson

Florida recount: The civics lesson

While Florida politicians battle over ballots, the National Education Association and its state and local affiliates aim to turn the rancor into a classroom lesson.And the teachers union is headed to the heart of the dispute — Broward Coun...
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Pasco school district, employees inch closer to contract terms

Pasco County school employee contract talks resume this week after a two-week hiatus, with the sides aiming to reach a deal before winter break begins in December.Salaries remain the key sticking point.In bargaining Monday, the United School Employee...
Published: 11/14/18