U.S. Department of Education Announces Hurricane Flexibility Guidance

As part of its ongoing work to aid hurricane relief efforts, today the Department of Education released new non-regulatory guidance to help Department grantees and program participants remove barriers to restoring teaching and learning environments and to expediting the recovery process for all those impacted by the recent hurricanes. Read More  

FSBA #FridayFive – September 15, 2017

  Click below to read Executive Director Andrea Messina’s top picks for this week’s education news. Read. Learn. Share. Retweet. 1. 29% of teens report cheating use on electronic devices:: READ ABOUT IT 2. Look at what the competition is doing: READ ABOUT IT 3. A fascinating look at “digital distress” or, lack of broadband availability in neighborhoods:   READ…

FEA Sues State, DOE And School Districts Over ‘Best & Brightest’ Teacher Bonus Program

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state’s “Best and Brightest” teacher…

Irma gave public schools a chance to showcase their role — and they jumped at it

Rhonda Combs had finished storing her photo albums and scrapbooks in big plastic bags. There was nothing left to do but go stir crazy, waiting for Hurricane Irma.So she drove to McKitrick Elementary School, where she teaches kindergarten, and saw volunteers escorting families to the classrooms where they would seek shelter. Combs found those assigned…

Irma delays financial aid selection for Florida’s struggling schools

Some of Florida’s lowest-performing traditional public schools will have to wait a bit longer to find out if they’ll be among the 25 schools that will get financial help through a new state program called “Schools of Hope.”  The State Board of Education was supposed to meet in Tallahassee on Wednesday to select the recipients…

Irma may affect voices of Florida taxpayers

Hurricane Irma could delay some Florida taxpayers’ voices from being heard.  It’s an unavoidable case of timing. The powerful hurricane bore down on the state as cities, counties, school boards and other taxing bodies were scheduling two public hearings required by law before they can set property tax rates for the new fiscal year. Read…

Across Florida, Schools Transform Into Shelters To Save Those In Hurricane Irma’s Crosshairs

A makeshift sign hanging from a fence outside of New Renaissance Middle School warned residents seeking last minute shelter from Hurricane Irma that the school’s gym had reached its capacity and couldn’t accept any more people. Outside, nearly 160 cars filled the school’s main parking lot. Inside, hundreds of people had gathered. Read More