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Money woes continue to dog Hillsborough school system

TAMPA — When Hillsborough County School Board members vote Tuesday on a $3.2 billion budget, they will do so with the knowledge that their leadership team is calling for a year of belt-tightening, and maybe two.

Reserve funds have dropped by $32 million since a year ago, superintendent Addison Davis told the board last week in a review session to prepare for Tuesday’s televised meeting.

Coronavirus forces USF, state universities to cut budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing significant budget cuts at the University of South Florida and other schools in the State University System.

Officials at USF say they are consulting with college deans as they decide where to trim, and are in the early stages of the process. But they have already submitted a list of $36.7 million in proposed cuts for this year to the state Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 state universities. Proposals for further cuts next year of up to 15 percent will be submitted to the USF Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

Hillsborough Schools Moving Ahead With Fall Plans, With Contingencies

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Superintendent Addison Davis wants to cut $7.5 million in district level positions.

Florida’s public schools will be closed, stay online for school year, DeSantis says

Florida’s public schools will remain closed and stay online through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his unilateral decision at a press conference Saturday.

All Florida public schools to remain closed through at least May 1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Closures for all public schools in Florida have been extended until May 1.

School districts across the state and here locally started sharing the news of the extended closures Monday afternoon. Districts say schools will be closed until at least Friday, May 1.

Florida public school campuses closed until April 15, state cancels all testing for K-12 schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida officials announced Tuesday they will eliminate testing requirements this spring for public-school students and extend the time in which kids will learn from home, as the state continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said testing requirements for school-readiness, voluntary pre-kindergarten and public-school programs will be canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.

Desantis announces new Florida school standards without common core

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the creation of new academic standards on Friday, a year after he directed the state to root out all “vestiges of Common Core” and change the way Florida’s students learn.

“Today were announcing that mission has been accomplished,” he said at a news conference in Naples. “It goes beyond Common Core to embrace common sense.”

Hillsborough chooses a new school superintendent: Addison Davis.

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Addison Davis as superintendent, impressed by his energy and convinced that, among three finalists, he is best equipped to give students of all backgrounds a quality education.

Starting Florida teacher pay should rise to $47,500, Gov. DeSantis says

New teachers in Florida would earn among the highest paid in the country under a plan Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday.

The minimum starting salaries for teachers would rise from a state average of $37,636 to $47,500, which would vault the state from 26th in teacher starting pay to as high as second, under a budget proposal the governor discussed at Bayview Elementary in Fort Lauderdale.

Florida to focus on improving teacher pay, commissioner Richard Corcoran says

Suggesting that teacher pay is not on par with other degreed professionals, Florida Department of Education officials on Wednesday called for more money to go into educator salaries.

“Teacher compensation is going to be a huge component of the agenda going forward,” education commissioner Richard Corcoran told the Board of Education during a meeting at Polk State College.

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting - 11/17/20 @ 4:00 PM

901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa Fl, 33602

In the Tampa Bay area public school districts are entrusted with multi billion dollar budgets that directly impact over 500,000 students, 50,000 employees and thousands of vendors and service providers.

Elected school boards in each of the counties are tasked with overseeing these dollars and providing oversight.

Ultimately, however,it falls upon the citizenry to monitor the conduct and expenditures of public dollars and the quality of education being provided to children.

Reports of many children struggling to attain a quality public education have been featured prominently in the local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Please consider attending an upcoming school board meeting to add your voice to the call for a high quality public education for all children.