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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.

For the first time, U.S. News ranked all public high schools in Tampa Bay. Here’s how it turned out.

The annual Best High Schools Rankings by U.S. News & World Report have a new wrinkle this year. The digital news and information company now ranks public high schools within each metropolitan area across the nation.

Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart resigns

Pam Stewart, Florida's education commissioner since 2013, announced her resignation Tuesday as speculation swirled that Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis sought to replace her with former House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Announces Prizes for Give Day Tampa Bay on May 1

“Sponsoring Give Day is a perfect fit with our focus on helping the community effect change,” said Jose Colindres, chief operating officer, The Brink Foundation, this year’s premier sponsor for Give Day. “Nonprofits can leverage the marketing power behind Give Day to gain more exposure and to make an even greater positive impact.”

Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

TAMPA — Elementary school students programmed an electronic mouse to make its way through a maze.

When the demonstration was done and the applause died down, a Hillsborough County School District official posed a question.

"Adults in this room, how many of you had the opportunity to do things like this during your kindergarten through 12th grade education?’’ said Larry Plank, director of STEM Education for the district. "None, right? So the world is an ever-changing place.

Hillsborough schools: The welcome mat is out for displaced students from Puerto Rico

TAMPA — Students from Puerto Rico and other islands ravaged by recent hurricanes are welcome in Hillsborough County. It says so at the top of the district website, in Spanish.

And now it's a message that has been passed to the principals of the district's more than 240 schools, in writing last week and verbally at Tuesday's School Board meeting.

"They should be welcome in our schools and every effort should be made to enroll the students on the same day," superintendent Jeff Eakins said.

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

Courtesy busing cuts clear the Hillsborough School Board, affecting 7,500 students

TAMPA — After an hour-long debate, the Hillsborough County School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to end bus transportation for nearly 7,500 middle and high school students who live within 2 miles of their schools.

How Much Graduates Earn Drives More College Rankings

PayScale introduced its first college salary report in 2008, and the College Scorecard from the federal government followed last year, ushering an elephant into the hallowed halls of college admissions: What do the schools’ graduates actually earn?