Florida education news: Vouchers, bonus pay, tax revenue and more

Pasco, March 16, 2019: VOUCHERS: A proposal to create a new private school voucher program to supplement the existing tax-credit  scholarship program for low income students passes its first committee in the Florida House. The measure, more expansive than the Senate’s version, would increase the income eligibility over time, so more middle class families could participate. More from the Orlando SentinelNews Service of Florida.

BONUS PAY: Non-classroom teachers in Pasco County won’t be getting a bonus they received last year when their district provided an amount equal to a Best and Brightest award, even though they weren’t eligible for the state program. • The Lee County school district loses $200,000 in Best and Brightest funding because of a paperwork error, the Fort Myers News-Press reports according to reports published in tampabay.com

SALES TAX FUNDS: Hillsborough County schools begin to see progress on repair projects paid for by the district’s new sales tax. An oversight committee plans to discuss how charter schools might get a portion of the revenue.

SAFETY LAWS: Florida’s grand jury investigation into school districts’ adherence to school safety laws puts a spotlight on individual responsibility for school and district leaders in times of crisis, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

NOW IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE? The recent battle over Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie’s tenure raises the tricky question of when a superintendent should take a cue and depart, Education Weekreports.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: A plan to tighten the eligibility requirements to earn Bright Futures scholarships could have negative consequences for minority students, Florida Phoenix reports.

STATE FUNDS: Florida’s general revenue is on track to remain stable, but only because of rollover funds that will not repeat, Florida Politicsreports.

ANOTHER ONE GONE: The Broward County school district administrator who oversaw the district’s controversial suspension diversion program resigns, the latest in a string of officials to leave, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ABOUT THAT COLIN KAEPERNICK DISPLAY: The Charlotte County high school principal who ordered the removal of a teacher’s Black History Month display apologizes to the teacher and to students, the Charlotte Sun reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Citrus County teen who threatened violence against his school gets probation after promising to give up his weapons and get a high school diploma, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

START TIMES: The Indian River County School Board revives discussion about whether to start high school classes later each day, TC Palm reports.

CONSTITUTION REVISION: The Florida House takes steps to do away with the Constitution Revision Commission process, Florida Phoenix reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A new Leon County charter school makes progress toward opening after its long battle to win approval, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SECURITY: The Monroe County school district takes a stance against arming teachers, but is considering whether to hire its own guards, the Key West Citizen reports.

IN COURT: An Okaloosa County family sues the school district alleging their son was sexually abused in school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

BAD ACTS: A Brevard County high school student is arrested on allegations he hit a school custodian and tried to take his car, Florida Today reports.

TODAY: Education Estimating Conference: Student Financial Aid, 1 p.m.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *