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Take Action: Hillsborough School Board members seek input on budget

Take Action: Hillsborough School Board members seek input on budget

As Hillsborough County Public Schools brace for the impact of the recently approved state education budget and new legislation (House Bill 7069), the school board held a workshop on June 20th to discuss their budget. Much of the four hours of was devoted to district leaders presenting




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Gov. Scott gets budget; veto clock is ticking

Gov. Scott gets budget; veto clock is ticking

From the Tampa Bay Times: The clock starts today for Gov. Rick Scott who has 15 days to decide whether to sign an $82.4 billion state budget — and just how much of it he wants to veto. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, on Wednesday is sending




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Grad Day for Tampa Bay a HUGE success!

Grad Day for Tampa Bay a HUGE success!

Grad Day for Tampa Bay 2017 was a huge success! Held Thursday, March 2nd in the Hilton Tampa Downtown, students and community members from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties came together to raise graduation rates for the entire region by focusing on building youth-adult partnerships. The students were




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Parents, Districts, Department of Education face off over 3rd grade retention

Parents, Districts, Department of Education face off over 3rd grade retention

A showdown is occurring over the issue of mandatory 3rd grade retention. Third grade students whose parents opted them out of the Florida Standards Assessment this spring are now faced with possible retention regardless of their classroom performance or grades. Manatee County was refusing to promote children




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Students Shine at Second GradNation Summit

Students Shine at Second GradNation Summit

Pinellas and Hillsborough Student Alliance for Public Schools members presented their research and ideas on closing achievement gaps and raising graduation rates at our second annual GradNation Community Summit on Wednesday. The summit, held in St. Petersburg with partners America’s Promise Alliance and UnitedWay Suncoast, was attended




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Sneaky senator breathes life into bad bills

Sneaky senator breathes life into bad bills

  In an eleventh hour move, Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) added over a hundred pages of policy changes to two unrelated bills. The amendments attach numerous bills together in what is commonly referred to as a “train.” Some bills, thought to be long dead, now comprise two




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Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

The Florida House is pushing to force school districts to turn over a portion of local property taxes to charter schools. These schools are housed in privately owned buildings on privately owned land that would be improved with public dollars. Some legislators are pushing to steer more




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House and Senate Divided on Education Budget

House and Senate Divided on Education Budget

The House and Senate released their Education budgets last week with the Senate proposing more per pupil funding and less charter school construction money than the House. The House version asks property tax payers to bear much of the funding burden while the Senate expects the state




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What to expect in the 2016 Florida Legislative Session

What to expect in the 2016 Florida Legislative Session

The 2016 Florida Legislative Session begins Tuesday. What should public education supporters expect? Well, not much according to policy leaders in Tallahassee. Congress passed a sweeping overhaul to No Child Left Behind at the end of 2015, keeping annual testing but providing a great deal of flexibility




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6 Things you need to know about the end of No Child Left Behind

6 Things you need to know about the end of No Child Left Behind

6 Things you need to know about the end of No Child Left Behind In 2007, Congress was supposed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (No Child Left Behind). Eight years later, it looks like they will finally get around to it. Yesterday, the Senate Education




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