Recounts loom larger, legal action begins as margins tighten in key Florida races

As the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson appears headed to a statewide recount, both candidates are mobilizing teams of lawyers and legal skirmishes are well underway.  Thursday dawned with Scott leading Nelson by just more than one-fourth of a percentage point. The candidates for agriculture commissioner are much closer, divided…

No issue is more important to Florida’s future than education, influencers say

The key to solving the wide array of policy challenges facing Florida starts with one thing: education.  That was the takeaway from the final 2018 survey of the Florida Influencers, a group of 50 leaders from across the state. Asked to rank five issues by order of importance to Florida’s future — education, the environment,…

St. Johns County schools already getting tips through FortifyFL app

A new app designed to keep students safe in school by letting them submit anonymous tips about suspicious activity is already getting results in Northeast Florida.  FortifyFL was created by Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Education in response to the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman…

Friday Five – 11/2/2018

Each week, Executive Director Andrea Messina selects 5 Things You Should Know in education news.  Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. American Psychological Association’s annual measure of attitudes and perceptions of stress for 18 to 21 year old adults in US: Learn more Teens are cyber-bullying THEMSELVES.  Why? Learn more A new spin on teacher “value add”: Learn more The future…

FSBA Friday Five – 10-26-2018

Each week, Executive Director Andrea Messina selects 5 Things You Should Know in education news.  Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. In Italy, crafters and artisans may be more in demand than engineers: Learn more Using data to foster engagement: Learn more Coke sponsors tech and engineering programs: Learn more How a classroom snowball toss opens dialogue:…

Hurricanes Deal Deep Blow to Schools’ Finances

Getting back to normal after a devastating hurricane is long, arduous, and expensive for schools.  In Florida’s Panhandle, education leaders have started the strenuous work of cleaning up and repairing schools ravaged by Hurricane Michael earlier this month, but they are also running into a longer-term problem: steep cost estimates that could lead to mounting…