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