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Florida education news: Teacher shifts, Schools of Excellence, Bright Futures and more

Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 in June, creating the "Schools of Excellence" program.

The Florida Channel

Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 in June, creating the "Schools of Excellence" program.



TEACHER SHIFTS: A Pasco County elementary school plans to reassign teachers with low VAM scores to different posts within the school, rather than transfer them out, to avoid mid-year disruptions that other turnaround schools in the state have faced. Florida lawmakers have mandated that schools in turnaround status remove teachers with poor results in the controversial measure.

FLEXIBILITY: Hundreds of Florida schools will learn this week that they are designated "Schools of Excellence," a new program that eliminates some state requirements for strong performance in the school grading system.

IMPROVEMENT PLANS: Two struggling Hillsborough County charter schools will present their turnaround plans to the School Board. • A Marion County charter school sets its corrective actions in place after receiving an F grade, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BRIGHT FUTURES: The Florida Senate moves toward permanent expansion of the popular college scholarship program, the Times-Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports. More from the News Service of FloridaSunshine State News.

TAXES: Manatee County leaders are split as the school district seeks voter approval for a property tax increase, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MAKEUP DAYS: The Miami-Dade County school district might cancel two teacher planning days to make up time lost during Hurricane Irma, the Miami Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: Brevard County teachers ask the district for the same 5 percent raise the superintendent received, Florida Today reports.

REZONING: The St. Johns County school district has drawn a third set of attendance zone maps to alter school boundaries after parent complaints about the first sets, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CLUBS: The ACLU criticizes a Lake County school district requirement that students receive parent permission to join any club, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:07am]


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