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Florida Supreme Court
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A long-running lawsuit over whether the state is properly funding its public schools is now before the Florida Supreme Court.  Oral arguments have been scheduled for November 8th.

Collier Co. School Board and Constitution Revision Commission Member Erika Donalds promotes Amendment Eight during a 4th of July parade in Naples. Donalds is the architect of the multi-tiered proposal.
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Florida is among a minority of states that only allow school districts to approve new charter schools. A proposal once slated on the November ballot seeks to change that. But the fate of amendment eight is unclear after a Leon County Circuit judge ruled its ballot summary is vague and misleading. Now the crafter of the plan is pushing back, arguing her referendum has been mischaracterized by opponents of school choice.

A decision on the fate of an education amendment to Florida’s constitution could arrive as soon as Monday.

Collier Co. School Board and Constitution Revision Commission Member Erika Donalds promotes Amendment Eight during a 4th of July parade in Naples. Donalds is the architect of the multi-tiered proposal.
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The League of Women Voters of Florida is hoping to persuade a Leon County Circuit judge today to strip a constitutional amendment proposal off the November ballot. The amendment in question is number eight, which combines several issues into one proposal like term limits for local school board, mandating civics be taught. But  the part the league takes issue with the section that deals with approving new charter schools.

Indian Association of Tallahassee

With its universities and the information technology demands of state government, Tallahassee has a surprisingly large Indian connection. The India Association of Tallahassee is inviting the community to a celebration of Indian culture this Saturday, Aug. 18.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna speaking with Bond Elementary school students during lunch.
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Some 34,000 Leon County Students headed back to school Monday and with a new school year comes changes, mostly related to school safety.

Darryl Jones in July 2018 following an appearance on WFSU's Political "Perspectives" show. He is challenging incumbent Maggie Lewis Butler to represent the 3rd district on Leon County's School Board.
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The Leon County Classroom Teachers Association is backing three people for school board races including two newcombers.

Metro-Atlanta native Cori Bostic has become the Marching 100's first woman drum major.
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For the first time in Florida A&M University’s 130-year history, a woman will help lead it’s storied marching band. 

Tallahassee Classical School

Proposed charter Tallahassee Classical School has the green light to open in Leon County. The Department of Education’s Charter Appeal Commission has sided with the school over the district.

Courtesy Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University has named new deans to head its colleges of Pharmacy and Journalism.

Back to school supplies, like pencils, pens, and notebooks
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Florida’s child welfare agency is partnering with other groups to hold its first ever “Back to School Supply Drive” for foster care kids.

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Leon County Schools has debuted its comprehensive school safety program to be implemented this school year. Many of the updates are mandated by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed last Session.

Volunteer Florida

Volunteer Florida is allocating scholarships to educational organizations to help students in Florida’s rural communities.

Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna. (7/30/18)
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Lively Technical Center is out with a new program to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. It follows a recent Florida Chamber of Commerce survey showing employers continue to worry about not funding enough skilled workers.

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Business owners in Florida are worried about the quality of the state’s workforce.

A survey by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council shows an ongoing trend of employers being concerned about finding enough skilled and educated workers.

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While a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Florida Department of Health shows a high vaccination rate in Florida. Leon County health officials want to see that number reach 100 percent in time for school starting this August.

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The Leon County School District is grappling with how to address relationships between employees. The recent administrative changes at Gilchrist Elementary school coupled with the removal of its principal has brought the issue to light. 

Leon High School, a classic, red-brick facade, lined with palm trees and green grass
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Leon High School is under investigation into whether it violated the state’s mandatory sexual assault reporting laws. 

Former Leon School administrator and Deerlake Middle School principal Scotty Crowe is taking over Gilchrist Elementary school. (7/23/18)
Leon County Schools

The Leon County School District has named new principals for Gilchrist Elementary and Deerlake Middle Schools. 

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The Wakulla County School Board is getting a new automotive technician training facility. The project will cost almost $4 million dollars from a settlement with BP over the 2010 oil spill. The School Board will chip in $375,000 toward the project.

Florida State University

After much debate and controversy, Florida State University will change one building’s name, keep another building’s name as is and relocate a founder’s statue.

The concerns of teachers are shaping Leon County’s School Board District Five race. At issue is how much control education have over what they teach. The debate comes at a time when public schools are facing greater competition.

Two low performing schools in Leon County are facing an ultimatum. Improve or risk going under private management. Both are located in the the county’s southern region which also has the highest number of minorities and lowest per-family income in the county. But the candidates running to represent that area on the Leon County School Board say they each have a plan to turn things around. 

Attorney Ron Meyer is representing the Florida Education Association and League of Women Voters in lawsuits
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The League of Women Voters of Florida is suing to block a constitutional amendment that could pave the way for more charter schools. The League says the ballot summary-which voters see on the actual ballot—is different from the language in the amendment, and is vague and misleading.

Attorney Ron Meyer is representing the League in the lawsuit. He’s also representing the state teachers union in a case against a Florida that targets the Florida Education Association. Lynn Hatter spoke with Meyer about both lawsuits, starting with the case against Amendment Eight. It’s comprised of three proposals—term limits for local school board members, and mandatory civics education. But it’s the language regarding school district oversight of public schools, that’s triggered the suit.

The League of Women Voters of Florida wants a constitutional amendment it says is misleading removed from the November ballot. The target is Amendment Eight which critics say could lead to the creation of more charter schools.

The League’s Attorney Rom Meyer says the ballot summary of Amendment Eight is vague and doesn’t tell voters the main purpose of the proposal.

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