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test post | House leaders mull plan to allow districts access to ‘schools of hope’ funding

context House leaders are considering letting districts compete with charter operators for a pot of $200 million that would help them turn around failing schools. The chairmen of House education committees reached out to school district superintendents last week to solicit suggestions for changes to HB 5105, the so-called “schools of hope” legislation that is in… Read more »

Opinion: We Need a Broader Conversation About How We See Teachers

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, I’ve been struggling with how to voice my anger, not just at recent events, but at larger narratives surrounding public education. In particular, how do we as a culture value the lives of our K-12 educators? We decorate classrooms with coffee mugs and posters that say “Teaching is… Read more »

Florida Teachers on Edge as New Law Threatens Their Unions

Life without union representation is not a distant fear for Russell Baggett. Until two years ago, the Calhoun County school district in northern Florida had no collective bargaining unit to support teachers. “We had no contract,” said Baggett, president of the two-year-old Association of Calhoun Educators. “They would say, yes, there is money for a… Read more »

Florida School Superintendents Ask for a Special Session on Education Funding

Florida’s school superintendents called on Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol to approve more money for the state’s K-12 system. Although districts will see their overall per-student funding go up next year, nearly the entire increase is reserved for specific purposes, primarily to increase school safety and mental health… Read more »

Massive Student Walkout Planned Today in Tampa Bay and Across the Nation

Thousands of Tampa Bay area high school students and even many middle school students are expected to participate today in a national school walkout remembering the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. In general, the demonstrations will consist of students leaving their classrooms at 10 a.m. and observing… Read more »

Gov. Scott Signs Bills Affecting Teachers Union, Bright Futures

TALLAHASSEE – Bullied students could get money to transfer to private schools, and the state’s popular Bright Futures scholarships for college students will become even more valuable, under legislation signed into law Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican governor approved two separate bills that were priorities of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, and… Read more »

Parkland Shooting: Lawmakers Say Let School’s Students Skip State Tests

Students at the Parkland high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting should not have to take state-mandated exams this semester, the Legislature decided, carving out from Florida’s testing rules an exemption for teenagers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The exemption is in a controversial education bill (HB 7055) that both the Florida House and… Read more »

Senate Panel Backs Teachers’ Union Requirements

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a far-reaching education bill that would let bullied students transfer to private schools and could force teachers’ unions to disband if they don’t meet new membership standards. The proposals are part of a House bill (HB 7055) that is a priority of Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican…. Read more »

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