Florida School Boards Association works on legislative priorities

After a tough legislative session, in which school districts received little new funding without strings attached, the Florida School Boards Association is looking to ask lawmakers for increased support in the coming year.  School board members are holding out hope that new leadership will be more receptive to increased funding with fewer restrictions. The Florida…

Civil Rights Groups Weigh In On Florida’s Delayed ESSA Plan

Florida remains the only state that hasn’t received approval of a federally mandated education plan.  Now, civil rights groups are weighing in on the delay. The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states latitude in creating systems for measuring student success, but they still have to be accepted by the U.S. Department of Education. Read More

State responds to challenge of six bundled amendment proposals, calls them proper

Hours after a Leon County judge tossed proposed constitutional Amendment 8 off the November ballot, calling it misleading, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a 47-page document asking the Supreme Court to leave the measure and five others on the ballot.  Hers was a response to a separate challenge, filed a week earlier by former chief justice…

Opinion – Ferrandino: Privatization weakens public schools

We are in a hidden battle in Florida, and in Sarasota County, to save our public schools. It’s one reason this primary election is so important.  Public schools in Sarasota remain a source of pride and hope in our community. The Sarasota County School District has received an A rating for the 15th consecutive year…

Judge orders Amendment 8 be removed from Florida ballot

A Leon county judge ordered that Amendment 8, the amendment that would have created a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the ballot.  Judge John Cooper wrote in a summary judgement Monday morning that the amendment should be removed “because its ballot title and summary…

Florida law requiring schools inquire about student mental health raises privacy concerns

A question about mental health service referrals on new student registration forms is raising concerns about privacy and worsening the stigma of mental illness.  The new question is part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, passed by the Legislature in the wake of the mass shooting earlier this year. Read More