Temporary injunction issued against order to reopen schools, technical issues mark first day and more
Reopening details, new school start dates, Lake asks for waiver from order, teachers’ choice and more
Early education reform, a daily moment of silence in schools, fighting heat stroke, hair bias and more
Search is on for money for teacher raises, charter authorization and guardian training bills, and more
Another year for Stewart: The Florida Board of Education extends the contract of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart by a year to “help ensure Florida remains on this positive trajectory” of rising high school graduation rates, improved school grades and gains on national math and reading tests. She had been scheduled to leave the office she’s held since 2013 on Jan. 7, Rick Scott’s final day as governor. “Serving as education commissioner has been a highlight of my career, and I am honored to accept the state Board of Education’s invitation,” Stewart said. News Service of Florida. Gradebook. Politico Florida. Capital Soup. The board selects 14 struggling schools as “Schools of Hope.” Each receives an extra $2,000 per student to help improve student performance. Gradebook. Gary Chartrand concludes an eight-term term on the Florida Board of Education by praising the state’s emphasis on parental choice of schools. “Choice is important,” he said. “The more choice we have, the more freedom we have.” redefinED.
Evaluating evaluations: School principals say changes in teacher evaluations have overburdened them with work and hurt their relationships with teachers, according to a new study that focused on Hillsborough County and five other large U.S. school districts that underwent significant changes in the evaluation process. The biggest concern of principals is the time required for the evaluations. “I mean, honest to God. I just can’t do it by myself,” said one principal. “If I’m running my school, something’s going to lose out, either academics or your school because you’re just one person.” Another principal said just walking in a teacher’s room creates tension. “I feel like every time I walk in, a teacher’s like automatically on pins and needles thinking I’m there in an evaluative capacity,” said the principal. Chalkbeat.