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Its been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Its been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school teachers.The Florida Education Association advocates for the state's...
Published: 10/12/18
Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Class size concerns rise in Pasco County schools

Reacting to cramped and crowded classrooms, a Fivay High School student created a 5-minute video depicting the situation and urging Pasco County communities to "take action."The video, which aired in the school news report and is posted on the school...
Published: 10/12/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, school security, storm damage and more

TEACHER PAY: State Sen. Kevin Rader says he will refile his bill to set Florida minimum teacher pay at $50,000. It's a key piece of Democrat Andrew Gillum's education platform in his campaign for governor. Rader predicts if Gillum wins, the meas...
Published: 10/12/18
Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size  when Florida law confuses

Gradebook podcast: Active shooter drills and class size when Florida law confuses

It's a quarter of the way through Florida's school year, and some schools continue to grapple with implementation of two key requirements, one new and one old.Leaders remain uncertain of exactly how often to run active shooter drills, required by the...
Published: 10/11/18
Hillsborough school district will sell more land

Hillsborough school district will sell more land

The Hillsborough County School District stands to raise close to $3 million by selling off surplus land in a series of transactions that will come before the School Board on Tuesday.The board already approved a $575,000 deal on an office building in ...
Published: 10/11/18
Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

Records show nearly spotless record for Pinellas school resource officer accused of sexual harassment

The personnel file for a Carwise Middle School resource officer who retired amid sexual harassment allegations this week shows a nearly spotless 20-year history with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Deputy Bernard D'Agostino, 52, was hired b...
Published: 10/11/18
Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: If Gillum wins, this bill passes.

Senator plans to refile minimum teacher pay proposal: If Gillum wins, this bill passes.

Florida Sen. Kevin Rader is hopeful that 2019 will be the year his "Florida Teacher Fair Pay Act" passes.The Boca Raton Democrat said he plans to file the bill to increase teachers' minimum salaries to $50,000 for the fourth consecutive time. And he ...
Published: 10/11/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, tax rates, charter schools and more

TEACHER PAY: In the race for Florida governor, Democrat Andrew Gillum proposes lifting teachers' starting pay to $50,000. The idea gains support from people who see educators as underpaid, but raises serious questions about whether it can happen...
Published: 10/11/18
Pasco County charter school seeks 15-year contract extension

Pasco County charter school seeks 15-year contract extension

Athenian Academy of Technology and the Arts has come upon the opportunity to purchase the property it has leased for the past dozen years.To make the deal a reality, though, the Pasco County charter school needs to demonstrate financial stability to ...
Published: 10/10/18
Pasco School Board to consider asking lawmakers to leave property tax rates alone

Pasco School Board to consider asking lawmakers to leave property tax rates alone

For the past three years, Florida lawmakers have forced local school districts to decrease their local property tax rates so the revenue does not exceed collections from the previous budget cycle.Their rationale has been that any increase&#...
Published: 10/10/18