education

A man operates a circular saw in a wood shop
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Gubernatorial candidates from both parties this week debuted their education platforms to Florida voters. Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum stand ideologically opposed on many fronts – like school choice and how to fund a teacher pay increase.

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Apalachee Elementary School is celebrating a sizeable donation that will go straight to the classroom. 

Gillum speaks at a press conference to propose his education plan.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum unveiled his plans to raise teacher salaries and improve education statewide. His plan calls for $1 billion to go towards education.

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The nonpartisan research group Integrity Florida has released a new study about Florida’s charter schools and the industry’s political influence. The study took nearly a year to complete, and takes a deep dive into how the charter model became what it is today.

Florida Senate

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano stands by his decision to keep funds in the so-called Guardian program.

This comes after Governor Rick Scott asked the Legislature to move the remaining funds to school districts so they can hire more officers.

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Leon County Schools

The Leon County School Board has passed a $531 million dollar budget for the current school year. Funding for district employees is up over last year. Superintendent Rocky Hanna explained some of that increase is to account for new programs and raises.

Florida State University

The council that governs most fraternities in North America has voted to ban hard alcohol in chapter houses and at events. A Florida State University official is calling that a “step forward.”

Reynolds Hall on Florida State University's campus
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Florida State University is now facing another lawsuit over guns—this time, over the storage of rifles and shotguns in a vehicle on campus. It builds on a previous suit filed by a gun rights group a few years ago.

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The Florida Education Association has directed its support to a new candidate for governor after its former favorite, Gwen Graham, lost in the primary. The FEA says it is “disappointed” in Graham’s loss, but is backing Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.

David Solz, former Gilchrist Principal, has been moved to the district office and faces an ethics reprimand after self-reporting a relationship with a married teacher at his school.
Leon County Schools

The former principal of Gilcrist Elementary School has been reassigned to district headquarters following an investigation into a relationship he had with a teacher at the school. 

Two Leon County School Board races are heading to the general election ballot while one incumbent has managed to squeak out a win.  

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office is appealing a circuit court judge’s decision to remove an education amendment from the November ballot. 

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.

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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.

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