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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.

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.

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: 12/14/21@4 PM

901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa Fl, 33602

In the Tampa Bay area 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 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 education for all children.