Senate’s peace accord overshadows map meltdown

TALLAHASSEE — Any other day at the Capitol, a special redistricting session crashing and burning would be the dominate development in state government, but Thursday’s conclusion to a three-year battle for Senate president overshadowed what was yet another tough day for legislative leaders. Shortly before the Senate voted on a proposed redraw of the its…

Proposal aims to alter Florida school districts

Florida’s school districts would face fundamental changes in the way they operate under a newly filed bill by a Pinellas County lawmaker. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has joined Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Fort Myers, to propose a constitutional amendment ending the requirement that all counties have independent school districts. If approved, the measure would result…

More than half of Florida school districts lack social media policies for teachers

A majority of Florida’s school districts have no policy on the use of social media by teachers and other employees, increasing the potential for misuse and inappropriate teacher-student relationships online, according to an analysis conducted by a University of Florida educational leadership scholar. Doctoral candidate Jesse Gates found that only 32 of the state’s 68…

CFEF Education Works: It’s Complicated! A Collaborative Model for Citizen Communication on New Student Scores & School Grades

Webinar, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 3-4pm Learn about a grassroots coalition model and receive a communication tool-kit for local community partners to help citizens understand what’s happening with school grades during this time of transition to higher education standards for Florida’s schools. Presenters include individuals from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, JAX Chamber, and the…