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Florida education news: Student testing, school crowding and teacher pay
Florida’s law requiring teens still learning English to pass a 10th grade language arts test to graduate high school made no sense to a group of students at Hillsborough County’s Armwood High. So they drafted a bill to end the mandate, and have begun working with lawmakers to get it passed. Hear the students’ teacher discuss the Ought to be a Law program on our latest podcast.Internationally recognised teacher training programmes
TEACHER BONUSES: The Florida Board of Education prepares to revisit its emergency rule defining ‘content experts’ in reading, math, science, computer science and civics. The definition helps determine eligibility for $4,000 ‘recruitment’ Best and Brightest bonuses. • Sarasota County superintendent Todd Bowden proposes dipping into district reserves to supplement Best and Brightest awards, the Herald-Tribune reports.
CROWDING: The Orange County charter review commission kills a proposal to overhaul the way the county deals with housing development and its impact on school crowding, but remains open to different approaches, Florida Politics reports. • The Santa Rosa County school district plans two new K-8 schools to ease middle school crowding, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TESTING: The Clay County School Board considers asking state lawmakers to end the Florida Standards Assessments in high school, in favor of national college entrance exams, WTLV reports.HOLOCAUST EDUCATION: About 60 south Florida school principals get training in how to teach students about the Holocaust, the Miami Herald reports. Schools have come under state scrutiny over how they provide such lessons, after a Palm Beach County principal questioned whether the genocide occurred.
TRUMP TEST: A Palm Beach County middle school teacher is disciplined for her use of a quiz that referred to President Trump as an ‘idiot,’ the Sun-Sentinel reports. The teacher did not write the question, but did not carefully review it before giving it to students, WPBF reports. More from the Palm Beach Post.
CONTRACT TALKS: Brevard County teachers conclude their contract talks for 2019-20 with several non-financial agreements, Florida Today reports.TEACHER RETENTION: A Jackson County teacher offers his legislative delegation advice on how to keep educators in Florida classrooms, the Jackson County Floridian reports. Better pay and less stress on tests top the list.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Florida Department of Education plans to pressure school districts to follow state law requiring adoption of rules for the use of medical marijuana in schools, WTSP reports.COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: The Manatee Count school district begins converting Manatee Elementary into a community partnership school that also provides added social services for students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: An advisory committee recommends seven superintendent candidates to the Volusia County School Board for interviews, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.VAPING: The Palm Beach County school district plans town halls to explain the dangers of vaping and sexting to parents, the Palm Beach Post reports.