SUPERINTENDENTS: Of the 41 original applicants seeking the Flagler Schools superintendent position, five have been selected by a citizens advisory committee to be recommended to the School Board. Two candidates are local: Atlantic High School Principal James R. Tager and former Flagler Schools Assistant Superintendent Phyllis Ann Edwards….Click to Continue
FINANCIAL AID: Applying for financial aid is going to be harder this year. An online resource that makes it easier for millions of students to apply for college scholarships, grants and loans will be out of commission until next year, putting them at risk of losing out on financial aid. Families filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form the government and colleges use to determine financial …..Click to Continue
‘SCHOOLS OF HOPE’: Calling it an “emergency,” Florida may agree to spend up to $200 million to shift students from chronically failing schools to charter schools run by private organizations. The idea crafted by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and other top Republicans in the Florida House is this: Offer up money to help build “Schools of Hope” in neighborhoods, many of them in urban and poor areas…Click to Continue
VOUCHERS: The Florida House scales back its plans to expand school choice programs, the News Service of Florida reports.
UNION-BUSTING: ‘Union-busting’ bill passes Florida House. It’s not likely to fly in Senate. A highly controversial measure opponents describe as “union-busting” legislation meant to target Florida public school teachers passed the Republican-led House Thursday in a near party-line vote, although it’s unlikely to … Click to Continue »
RECESS BILL: Did Miami lawmaker intervene to dilute school recess bill? He won’t say. The only lawmaker on record still opposing state-required daily recess in Florida’s elementary schools wields a lot of power over education policy this session. But Miami Republican and House education … Click to Continue »
TEACHER BONUSES: A bill to expand the Best and Brightest award to include more teachers and, for the first time, principals heads to the House floor.
BAD ACTS: Two Palm Beach County teachers are accused of having sexual encounters on campus, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A Palm Beach County teacher is wanted by the FBI on child porn charges, the Palm Beach Post reports. Yet, we only screen parents/visitors upon entering our schools if they’re sex offenders.