Florida education news: State Board of Ed meeting today, awards, opt out and more

The State Board of Education meets today for a 9 a.m. workshop, which will include talking shop about the potential 2018-19 budget, followed by a 2 p.m. board meeting. Follow along here. The board may soon have a new member: Gov. Rick Scott’s appointment of Tallahassee lawyer Ben Gibson was announced late Friday. To catch up on the latest on this and other education news stories from around Florida, be sure to regularly visit the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook. Join our daily Facebook conversation to share your views. And be sure to share this roundup with your friends and colleagues. Colleen


CONGRATS: The Florida Department of Education awarded Pasco Teacher of the Year Robert Patterson with the newly established Dr. Brian Dassler Outstanding Teacher/Leader award on Friday. Also recognized was Pinellas’ Countryside High school with a Family and Community Involvement Award for its career center and college and career fair.

TESTS: Florida students who fail the two key exams needed to earn a high school diploma could find the alternative route — passing other tests — gets tougher in the coming year. A panel of educators and testing experts has recommended the state boost the SAT reading score that could be substituted for a passing score on the state’s 10th-grade language arts exam, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

OPT OUT: The Florida Supreme Court will not hear a case about whether public-school students should be able to “opt out” of taking the state’s standardized tests. Justices issued a two-paragraph order Friday saying they would decline to take up the case, though they did not explain why, FOX 35 Orlando reports.

TEACHERS: The Volusia County school district plans to scale back the number of new teacher hires despite an expected growth of 400 students in the fall, opting instead to use school-wide averages to meet class-size limits. That decision, officials say, could result in saving $4 million, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NO HOMEWORK: After the Marion County school district vowed last week to eliminate homework for all elementary school students, Manatee County wants to do the same. Its chairman tweeted support for Marion on Friday, Bradenton Herald reports.

FSA: The Walton County school district is celebrating after it ranked sixth in the state for performance on the Florida Standards Assessments. Walton also got the number one spot for its seventh grade Algebra score, the DeFuniak Herald reports.

TEACHERS: Florida schools were included in a new study says that the pressure of school accountability systems pushes struggling teachers to younger grades without high-stakes testing, Chalkbeat reports.

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