Florida school grades: How did your district do?
VIDEO: Central Florida seeing learning gap in children caused by pandemic Central Florida seeing learning gap in children caused by pandemicTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The report cards are in. The Florida Department of Education on Thursday released its school grades for the 2021-2022 academic school year, and according to the department, schools statewide exceeded expectations. READ: Central Florida sees learning gap in children caused by pandemicThe data represents the first full school grade data since 2019 due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ: Thousands of Marion County students to receive free backpacks ahead of new school yearSee the grades this year for all Central Florida county school districts below, and see a full list of district grades across the state here. Brevard: BFlagler: BLake: BMarion: COrange: BOsceola: BPolk: CSeminole: ASumter: BVolusia: BFor a list of individual schools across the state, click here.wftv.com
State says 2021-22 school grades ‘far exceed expectations’ as Central Florida school districts show little to no improvement
The Florida Department of Education on Thursday released reports of school grades, improvement ratings and other accountability metrics for the 2021-22 academic year, noting it was the first full publication of such data since 2019.
COVID-19 learning gap: How students and teachers are still playing catch-up after pandemic
COVID-19 learning gap: How students and teachers are still playing catch-up after pandemic COVID-19 learning gap: How students and teachers are still playing catch-up after the pandemic (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — We may be leaving the pandemic phase, but the impacts it has had on children and teens are something that continue with them in and out of the classroom. Eyewitness News Source: COVID-19 learning gap COVID-19 learning gap: How students and teachers are still playing catch-up after pandemic (WFTV)Before COVID-19, English language arts grades showed that about 20% of students needed substantial help. READ: Teachers voice concerns after Orange County previews ‘Don’t Say Gay’ impact to classroomsOne reason is that many teachers are stuck playing catch up. Modesto admits it’s not easy with the extra work involved between parents, students and teachers to get kids to pass. READ: Local school district rejects proposal to randomly search students, visitorsMore students are in summer school now.wftv.com
Florida targets ‘CRT,’ social justice in social-studies books
“Critical race theory, social justice, culturally responsive teaching, social and emotional learning, and any other unsolicited theories that may lead to student indoctrination are prohibited,” part of the document said, citing state education standards.
Here’s why 54 math textbooks were rejected by the Florida Department of Education
ORLANDO, Fla. — Nearly 6,000 pages of documents released by the Florida Department of Education shed new light on why 54 math textbooks were rejected. The agency said the books included lessons on critical race theory, as well as social and emotional learning. Follow-up questions in other textbooks asking students to reflect on their performance were struck down as being social and emotional learning. READ: Florida’s rejected textbooks: How prevalent was Critical Race Theory, social and emotional learning? READ: Several Central Florida school districts may have to choose new math books for next yearAs of Wednesday, the state added 19 of the 54 rejected books back onto the approved list.wftv.com
Florida’s rejected textbooks: How prevalent was Critical Race Theory, social and emotional learning?
VIDEO: Florida’s reject math textbooks: How prevalent was Critical Race Theory, social emotional learning? Florida’s reject math textbooks: How prevalent was Critical Race Theory, social emotional learning? Notably, officials said, some of the rejections were because the books contained Critical Race Theory. According to the judges, of the more than 5,600 issues in the proposed textbooks, just a handful were due to Critical Race Theory or social and emotional learning, another banned concept. READ: Florida bans ‘critical race theory’ from its classrooms9/ Lastly, there were flags that don’t fit any particular category.wftv.com
Florida DOE rejects 54 math textbooks citing references to critical race theory
ORLANDO, Fla. — According to the Florida Department of Education, state leaders have rejected more than 50 math textbooks from the curriculum next school year, citing references to critical race theory as one of the reasons for being rejected. DeSantis signs ‘curriculum transparency’ bill in Daytona BeachThe state banned the teaching of critical race theory last year. “We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally recognized standards,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “Florida has become a national leader in education under the vision and leadership of Governor DeSantis. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Daytona State College Receives $532,000 for Technical and Adult Education Student Grants
Daytona State College is excited to partner with the Florida Department of Education as the recipient of $532,000 in funding through the Open Door Grant Programs. Launched by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Open Door Grant Program is a $35 million statewide investment toward creating an industry-driven supply of credentialed workers for in-demand occupations through career, technical and adult education programs. To be eligible for the Open Door Grant, students must be enrolled in courses and training at DSC that will be completed in 12 months or less. Program funds can be used for the cost of tuition, fees, examinations, books, and materials to a student enrolled in an eligible program. Eligible students must also be Florida residents, be unemployed, underemployed or furloughed, and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).flaglerlive.com
Florida Department of Education Removes LGBTQ Resources. Nikki Fried Provides Her Own Instead.
Following the removal of anti-bullying resources from the Florida Department of Education website, including information regarding LGBTQ students, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is providing that information instead. In a Tuesday press release, Fried announced a set of LGBTQ resources hosted on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website. “That’s why I believe it’s imperative that we make these resources available.”Advocates complain that removing resources for LGBTQ students is the latest attack on LGBTQ Floridians by the DeSantis administration. The state education website also provided resources for targeted groups, including students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, and for discrimination based on race or ethnicity. Republican lawmakers have provided parents with a tool to direct the education of their students and the Florida education system.flaglerlive.com
Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS launch LGBTQ resources page
ORLANDO, Fla. — Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Education removed anti-bullying and LGBTQ resources from its website. On Tuesday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the launch of a new resource page for LGBTQ Floridians. The page, which can be found on the FDACS website, contains anti-bullying resources, information for parents and educators, resources for inclusive schools, suicide prevention information and background on LGBTQ initiatives taken by FDACS. “It’s so important that LGBTQ Floridians know that they matter, there are resources to help and that we will continue to advocate for them. Our LGBTQ students experience bullying and harassment at higher rates,” said Nathan Bruemmer, an LGBTQ consumer advocate at FDACS.wftv.com
Brevard schools respond to DOE over mask mandates for students and staff
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard Public Schools was one of 10 school districts that received a letter from the state threatening to deduct school leaders’ salaries if they refuse to drop their mask mandate.
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Brevard Public Schools revisiting emergency mask mandate
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brevard Public Schools on Tuesday will revisit its emergency mask mandate. Now, the school board must decide if the mask requirement will be extended or allowed to expire. Just pulled up to the Brevard meeting to find someone trying to push past deputies at the door. pic.twitter.com/Bly1CsoWNX — Nick Papantonis WFTV (@NPapantonisWFTV) September 21, 2021READ: ‘A major crisis’: Brevard County school board sends letter to DOE regarding mask mandateThe mask mandate states that, with few exceptions, students and staff are required to wear a face covering while indoors on school district property. Photos: Parents line up for Brevard Public Schools mask meetingSchool board chairwoman Misty Belford said since Aug. 30, the school district has seen a 77% decrease in reported cases.wftv.com
U.S. Dept. of Education to investigate Florida’s mask mandate ban as possible civil rights violation
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Florida’s ban on mask mandates in schools as a potential violation of civil rights for disabled students. Masking, physical distance, COVID-19 testing, and improved ventilation are all part of a successful #BackTogether strategy for schools. The Florida Department of Education will have a week to provide data and other information for the investigation, according to the letter. Ron DeSantis and his administration Friday, allowing the ban to be reinstated after another Judge made a ruling to stop enforcement of the ban. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also recommended that all children aged 2 and older wear masks in schools.wftv.com
Despite threats to board member salaries, Brevard Public Schools stick to mask mandate
Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran demanded that Brevard Public Schools withdraw its classroom facemask mandate by Wednesday morning or the Florida Department of Education would withhold School Board member salaries.
Officials withhold school board salaries over mask mandates
Florida state education officials on Monday began to make good on threats to withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates, despite a circuit judge last week ruling the ban unconstitutional. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the Florida Department of Education has withheld an amount equal to monthly school board member salaries in Alachua and Broward counties, as directed by the State Board of Education.news.yahoo.com
Florida Board of Education to consider sanctioning 2 mask-mandating school districts
The Florida Department of Education has scheduled an emergency meeting of the State Board of Education for Tuesday to consider funding cuts tor two school districts that have rebuffed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order allowing parents to ignore mask mandates.news.yahoo.com
What’s next for online learning? Florida schools still waiting on state guidance
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – It’s been a year since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools across Florida forcing school districts to act fast and transition to virtual learning options. School leaders are now wondering what is next for online learning platforms. Spring break marks one year since Orange County students shifted from learning in the classroom to learning virtually. Many students chose to continue learning virtually this school year through LaunchEd@Home, the district’s online learning platform. AdHowat said as of now the only online learning option for the next school year is through Orange County Virtual School, which offers free online learning at the student’s own pace.
‘He is not going to take the test:’ Parents plan to opt-out of in-person state testing
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Many upset Orange County parents say they plan to opt-out of state testing after Superintendent Barbara Jenkins announced all schools will move forward with administering state assessments, including the FSA, and must do so in-person, according to an order from the Florida Department of Education. “My kids aren’t going to school for this,” said Orange County mom Angie Giurtino, who has a 6th grader at Legacy Middle School. “My husband and I are really going to be evaluating do we want to send him on campus to do that.”AdAccording to Orange County School Board Member Angie Gallo, she is anticipating parents opt-ing out. Ron DeSantis extends the spring state testing windows for Florida State Assessments by two weeks to allow for further flexibility for makeups, if needed. AdBy statute, students must pass the Grade 10 ELA state assessment and Algebra 1 EOC state assessment before graduating.
Daytona State Awarded $100,000 Entrepreneurship, Education and Training Grant
Daytona State College has received the Entrepreneurship, Education & Training (EET) Grant from the Florida Department of Education. It is designed to introduce students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to the mindset required of successful entrepreneurs, while guiding and developing their entrepreneurial skills. The grant also allows the College to partner with local business and development organizations to promote long-term economic growth in Volusia and Flagler counties. Through CTE programing, the project will promote and nurture an entrepreneurial mindset for Daytona State students. According to the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship, which tracks and reports entrepreneurial trends in the U.S., Florida ranks second among all states on the Early-Stage Entrepreneurship Index.flaglerlive.com
Florida couple charged with racketeering and fraud in scheme selling teacher certification test questions
Kathleen M. Jasper, 42, and Jeremy M. Jasper, 40, are alleged between January 2016 and March 2020 to have sold fraudulently obtained content from the Florida Teacher Certification Exam and the Florida Educational Leadership Exam, which is for administrators. Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called the allegations “abhorrent, unacceptable, and embarrassing.”“If the charged allegations are proven, stealing questions from Florida’s teacher certification exams and then profiting by selling live test questions, especially to unknowing educators, is despicable,” Corcoran said in a prepared statement. Federal agencies are involved, in part, because federal tax dollars are used by the Florida Department of Education in the teacher certification evaluation and testing process. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education said any actions regarding educators who used the Jaspers' services await further details from the investigation. Kathleen Jasper has been a licensed teacher in Florida since 2007, with certifications in exceptional student education, educational leadership, English and biology.orlandoweekly.com
Remote learning will be allowed in spring, Florida education commissioner says
Seminole County Superintendent Walt Griffin previously asked Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to forgo school grades for the 2020-2021 school year because of the circumstances created by the pandemic. In fact, Corcoran said the Florida Department of Education plans to continue all three learning options for parents: Florida Virtual School, face-to-face learning and each district’s distance learning method. Under an emergency order for the fall 2020 semester by the Florida Department of Education all school districts could offer virtual learning options as long as they offered face-to-face education. School districts had to submit their reopening plans to the state for approval. Central Florida school district officials said after Wednesday’s decision that they hope to receive the same state funding for remote learning in the spring as they did in the fall semester to continue making it an affordable option.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Florida and Central Florida health officials are warning the public to be aware of the recent trend. Seminole County Medical Director Dr. Todd Husty said that the current weekly average for single day COVID-19 cases is 65. We are loosening up too much.”Husty also said Seminole County is currently monitoring 600 people who have either tested positive for coronavirus or are awaiting test results,Data released Thursday by the Florida Department of Health showed another 80 new cases in Seminole County. Seminole County Public Schools said the plan is to collect data from a survey given to parents, before creating a plan for next semester. The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County said it continues to work closely with school officials, as the county reported another 123 cases on Thursday.
Daytona State College Gets Nearly $1 Million Grant to Help Covid Unemployed or Furloughed Back to Work
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Education has awarded Daytona State College a training grant in excess of $900,000 to help get residents in Volusia and Flagler counties back to work. Funding will be used to support the College’s Rapid Credentialing programs, which are designed to be completed in as little as one to 18 weeks to assist unemployed, underemployed, or furloughed workers. As part of the project, Daytona State will offer nine programs, both credit and non-credit, and approximately 450 participants are expected to enroll in the training through May 2021. The grant allows DSC to increase capacity in these short-term, high-demand programs, many of which culminate in industry-recognized certification that can also articulate into higher level credentials such as A.S. or B.S. “Opportunities afforded through rapid credentialing are boundless,” said Sherryl Weems, Associate Vice-President of the Mary Karl College of Workforce and Continuing Education.flaglerlive.com
Florida boosts funding to provide mental telehealth services to children in rural communities
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education is making $2 million available to rural counties across the state to increase access to telehealth to provide mental-health services for schoolchildren. “I’m excited today to announce to 18 of the rural counties across the state of Florida we’ll be issuing $2 million to those rural districts to help students there increase access to tele- and mental-health services,” Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis said during a Monday news conference at the governor’s mansion. The money is available from federal CARES Act stimulus funding and will be directed to rural counties that have lower rates of internet connectivity and have limited access to health-care professionals. Monday’s announcement was lauded by Natalie Kelly, CEO of the Florida Association of Managing Entities. The 18 counties that will receive the funding are: Bradford, Calhoun, DeSoto, Dixie, Glades, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Union and Washington.
Judge sides with Florida teachers, rejects putting schools ruling on hold
Siding with teachers unions, a Leon County circuit judge Thursday lifted a stay of his earlier ruling that a state order requiring schools to reopen in August is unconstitutional. Under law, that notice of appeal automatically placed a stay on Dodson’s ruling --- effectively putting it on hold until the Tallahassee-based appeals court can resolve the case. Late Tuesday, attorneys for the Florida Education Association and the Orange County teachers union asked Dodson to lift the stay. In Thursday’s order, Dodson scolded the state for misrepresenting his temporary injunction. What the order did, for the reasons stated, is require that local school districts be given authority under their individual circumstances to open or close the local schools, based on local conditions,” the judge wrote.
Volusia teachers union seeks more COVID-19 protection before students return
”We’re very happy with the judge’s decision,” Union president Elizabeth Albert said. [Everything you need to know about Volusia County’s back to school plan]"In some cases, the supplies are limited and these items are on back order. The state has already appealed the judge’s ruling but Albert said it doesn’t affect the school board to start a conversation about other options. This, after the local teacher’s union declared an impasse Tuesday morning, regarding the school district’s re-opening plan. The Volusia County School Board briefly discussed the lawsuit during a workshop meeting.
Judge slated to rule on Florida teachers union lawsuit next week
Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson, who is slated to issue a ruling early next week, heard closing arguments in lawsuits filed by the Florida Education Association and the union that represents Orange County teachers. Schools risk losing funding if they don’t comply with Corcoran’s order, which teachers’ attorneys called “financial bullying.”But lawyers representing Gov. Ron DeSantis, Corcoran and state education officials, who are defendants in the case, maintain that the Constitution also requires the state to provide “high-quality education” to Florida schoolchildren. Although DeSantis and Corcoran have said publicly that teachers with medical conditions should be accommodated during the pandemic, local school officials have denied some educators’ requests to teach remotely. During testimony this week, the unions spotlighted the potential risks to teachers’ health, while the state focused on children’s educational needs.
Florida Department of Education makes teacher of the year announcement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Officials from the Florida Department of Education touted an “important announcement” Tuesday that ultimately ended up being the announcement of the teacher of the year. A news release provided by the department around noon only billed the virtual event as an “important announcement” but did not provide details on the nature of the 4 p.m. announcement or who would be speaking. Locally, the 10 school districts have given parents the option to choose between sending their children back to school in person or allowing them to continue classes online. In July, Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an executive order requiring school districts to open up schools for in-person learning at the beginning of the fall semester. Tune in at 4 p.m. to watch the announcement live using the video player at the top of this story.
Osceola County school board to meet Tuesday evening
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. School officials in Osceola County are expected to hold a school board meeting on Tuesday evening. Earlier this month, school board members approved a plan to reopen schools on Aug. 24 instead of their original date, Aug. 10. Chairman Kelvin Soto explained that decision was made following the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state. The districts reopening plan was submitted and approved by the Florida Department of Education, which gave parents three choices to enroll their child in. Only 20 people from the public will be allowed in the board room.
DOE approves reopening plan for Orange County Schools
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. The Florida Department of Education has approved the back-to-school plan for Orange County Public Schools. @OCPSnews reopening plan has been approved- another reopening plan that allows parents the flexibility to choose the educational option that is right for their child. Orange County plans to go back to school at Aug. 21. The reopening plan from Seminole County Schools and the reopening plan for Osceola County has also been approved by the department of education. [RELATED: DOE approves reopening plan for Osceola County schools and Seminole County schools]
Sumter County Schools sends reopening plan to DOE
SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. Sumter County Schools have sent the reopening plan to the Florida Department of Education. E-Learning: Students will sign in and attend school online and will follow standard school schedule and bell times. Virtual: The district said virtual learning is designed for students who want to attend school online at their own pace. School bus safetyFace coverings will be required on the bus and high-touched areas will be cleaned between runs. Secondary schoolsEach school will have a plan to discourage large gatherings in the hallways and common areas.
DOE approves reopening plan Osceola County schools and Seminole County schools
The Florida Department of Education has approved the reopening plan for Osceola County Schools and Seminole County Schools. OCPS gave parents three options to enroll their child in:Face-to-face instruction at school with health and safety precautions in placeDigital learning with their assigned school with a traditional school day scheduleVirtual learning for students to allow learning during non-traditional school hoursSchool will open on Aug. 24. Seminole County schools will begin class on Aug. 17. Seminole County parents can pick from four options:Traditional learning and students will follow a regular school day scheduleVirtual School where students will establish their own learning scheduleSeminole Connect is at-home learning during school hoursA hybrid option allows a family to choose from multiple learning options to meet a students needReopening plans from each county has to be sent to the Department of Education by July 31.
Florida schools ordered to reopen next month
The Florida Department of Education will give the final OK for school reopening plans. Seminole County School Board is set to approve the final safety plan for campuses to reopen on July 14. Osceola County schools will reopen on Aug. 10 as planned, according to the school district. A draft of Lake County’s school reopening plan is available here. The Marion County School Board has a meeting scheduled Tuesday to potentially approve a plan for the upcoming academic year.
Orange County School Board hears from concerned parents, teachers after state order to reopen schools
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. The Orange County Public Schools School Board held a work session meeting to discuss the reopening of schools, the day after the Florida Department of Education commissioner issued an executive order calling for all Florida schools to physically reopen this fall despite the ongoing pandemic. Ahead of the board meeting, a number of parents and teachers took part in a car parade that was organized by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association. Smith-Mangan is a parent of children who attend school in the Orange County Public School District. Dr. Raul Pino from the Orange County -Florida Department of Health, answered almost three hours worth of questions from school board members Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Orange County Public Schools announced that they would not be holding in-person graduation ceremonies due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County.
Central Florida school districts respond to state plan to reopen schools in August
News 6 reached out to all 10 county school districts in the Central Florida region for their reaction to the state plan. Parents and Orange County School District families also received a Connect Orange message Thursday in response to the announcement. Osceola CountySuperintendent Pace has been working with a Back-To-School Task Force on how to reopen schools in August, a statement from Osceola County Schools read. Dear SCPS Families/Staff:Today, the Governor announced that the Florida Department of Education has issued a Reopening Schools plan for the upcoming school year. As more school districts respond this story will be updated.
Justices turn down challenge to education law
The Supreme Court, as is common, did not explain its unanimous decision to decline to take up the case. School boards argued that the mammoth law, known in education circles by the shorthand HB 7069, was an unconstitutional infringement on their rights to operate public schools. (The) First Districts decision applied existing decisions interpreting decades-old constitutional provisions, the departments attorneys wrote. It also said school boards did not have legal standing to challenge other parts of the law, including the part establishing schools of hope. The school boards constitutional challenge to HB 7069s provisions represents their disagreement with new statutory duties enacted by the Legislature, the appeals-court ruling said.ocala.com
HS Wrapup: All sports placed on hiatus until at least March 30
Black Friday mightve taken on a new meaning for high school student-athletes spring sports and their coaches. For Sumter County, which had its Spring Break last week, schools will remain closed for this week, as well. For seniors, Fridays announcement might have signaled their end of the high school careers. Every High School is coming together in hopes that after these two weeks are up, we are able to continue playing. The announcement came two days after it was announced the tournament would be moved from Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y. to Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina.dailycommercial.com
Umatilla soars as grad rates go up across Lake Schools
Each of Lake Countys school saw an increased graduation rate in May 2019 as the district caught up the rising state average. Umatilla High School had a landmark year with nearly a 10 point jump. TAVARES Lake County Schools saw a third year of increasing graduation rates at every school at the end of the 2018-19 school year, while Umatilla High demonstrated an explosive leap according to data recently released by the state. I definitely think its sustainable and I think the systems are in place for the graduation rate to remain high, Gerds said. The schools 97.8% graduation rate, and its ability to remain consistently within the 90s, suggests the method is successful.dailycommercial.com
State report card shows Marion County elementary school needs improvement
MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida state report card for 2018-2019 school year indicates a Marion County Public School needs improvement. During the input meeting held inside the elementary school state administrators described how and why an intervention happened. The poor grade prompted the state to intervene and hire an external operator to takeover. Cummings said with nearly 400 students attending the elementary school he is encouraged a turnaround will happen by their June 2020 deadline," said Cummings. Meantime, the external operator will be tasked to give state leaders monthly reports about progress throughout the school year.
Marion County Public Schools reports record enrollment
Marion County Public Schools' enrollment has hit an all-time high of 43,236 113 above the mark set in October 2007, just before the recession hit. The number of public school students declined to 41,827 1,296 students in two years. The district enrollment has only grown by 580 students (1.3%) since October 2015, according to Florida Department of Education records. Marion is expected to receive about $7,380 per student in state funding, according to a July calculation on the Florida Department of Education website. Elementary schools grew by 24 students; middle school enrollment grew by 137; high school enrollment declined by 60; and special centers increased by 115 students.ocala.com
How to check if your child's school is closed due to Hurricane Dorian
[READ: How Central Florida school districts are preparing for Dorian]Parents are also urged to follow local school districts on social media for the latest updates. The University of Central Florida closed at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed through Thursday. Daytona State College closed at noon Friday and remain closed through at least Tuesday. Barry University School of Law closed at 5 p.m. Friday until further notice, school officials said. Florida State University Regional Medical campus closed until Tuesday.
Florida education officials eye school safety, mental health
The new school year has begun, and Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools. TALLAHASSEE With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements. With that in mind, Florida Department of Education officials have proposed policy changes to address those two issues. State education leaders also want to make policy changes aimed at boosting the pool of mental health professionals that can work in schools. Judd applauded the move to expand access to mental health treatment for students.news-journalonline.com
Florida education officials eye school safety, mental health
The new school year has begun, and Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools. TALLAHASSEE With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements. With that in mind, Florida Department of Education officials have proposed policy changes to address those two issues. State education leaders also want to make policy changes aimed at boosting the pool of mental health professionals that can work in schools. Judd applauded the move to expand access to mental health treatment for students.ocala.com
Cheryl Salerno's appeal over 'placebo' AP tests at Mainland High denied
After receiving a letter of reprimand for giving 336 freshman a placebo Advanced Placement exam last year without their knowledge, former Mainland High School Principal Cheryl Salerno filed an appeal formally disputing the claims against her. But the district denied the appeal, amid a second investigation into Salernos professional conduct. [READ MORE: Volusia County school officials reprimanded for 'placebo' AP exams at Mainland High][READ MORE: After 'placebo' AP tests, Mainland High Principal Cheryl Salerno out amid new investigation]Salerno was rebuked this summer for acting inappropriately and/or unprofessional by giving 336 freshman at the Daytona Beach school a fake AP exam made to look like the real thing. The Volusia County school district did not release the results of its investigation until after the conclusion of a 10-day waiting period. Additionally, the Florida Department of Education still has the option to take further action on the AP exam issue.news-journalonline.com
Education officials eye school safety, mental health
Addressing mental health issues and hardening schools have been two high-profile education issues in the wake of last years mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. With that in mind, Florida Department of Education officials have proposed policy changes to address those two issues. State education leaders also want to make policy changes aimed at boosting the pool of mental health professionals that can work in schools. Judd applauded the move to expand access to mental health treatment for students. Thats why we need the mental health counselors, Judd said.dailycommercial.com
State Rules May Ease Path to Mental Health Counselors' Qualifications and Toughen Charter School Security | FlaglerLive
State Rules May Ease Path to Mental Health Counselors Qualifications and Toughen Charter School Security FlaglerLive | August 9, 2019With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements. Adding more teeth to charter schools contracts is another way to keep them accountable, Judd suggested. State education leaders also want to make policy changes aimed at boosting the pool of mental health professionals that can work in schools. Judd applauded the move to expand access to mental health treatment for students. Thats why we need the mental health counselors, Judd said.flaglerlive.com
Florida education officials eye school safety, mental health
With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Florida officials are eyeing policy changes that would expand the number of mental health professionals in schools and ensure that charter schools are meeting safety requirements. With that in mind, Florida Department of Education officials have proposed policy changes to address those two issues. State education leaders also want to make policy changes aimed at boosting the pool of mental health professionals that can work in schools. Judd applauded the move to expand access to mental health treatment for students. Thats why we need the mental health counselors, Judd said.news-journalonline.com
Florida shrinks teacher bonuses, lawsuit alleges
The lawsuit, filed in Leon County Circuit Court on Tuesday, alleges that Florida education officials wrongly directed school districts to pay teachers less than the award amount provided in state law, under the controversial Best and Brightest teacher bonus program. The lawsuit accuses state officials of wrongfully instructing school districts to pay less than the statutorily mandated bonuses.Education officials did not have a response to the lawsuit. Former Orange County elementary school teacher Chris Alianiello is currently the only teacher represented in the legal challenge, but lawyers in the case are seeking class-action status. Under Florida law, the teacher bonus program, which was created in 2015, lays out specific award amounts that the education department must distribute to each school district. Ron DeSantis has been a powerful advocate for the teacher bonus program.dailycommercial.com
Morgan & Morgan announces lawsuit against Florida Department of Education
ORLANDO, Fla. - Officials with the law offices of Morgan & Morgan announce the filing of a new lawsuit against the Florida Department of Education over teacher wage violations. Attorney Ryan Morgan said that teachers across the state, including Chris Alianiello, received bonus through Best and Brightest Scholarship Program, but the amount they received was less than what was promised. This improperly authorized deduction has taken tens of millions of dollars in bonus pay away from teachers who met the qualifications, Morgan said. Morgan estimates that 163,500 teachers across the state received a deducted bonus during 2017-2018 and during the following year, that number increased to 171,000. "We hope the state and the Department of Education will see the error in their ways and will agree to pay the shorted bonuses back to the teachers," Morgan said.