The Obama administration decreed Friday that discrimination against transgender students would not be tolerated in public schools — a directive prompting mixed responses from local and state education officials.
In two weeks, the superintendent will host a reception honoring 165 local teachers, including 13 first-year teachers, for receiving disputed bonuses that reward educators based on their past college entrance exam scores.
A Department of Education official says its letter sent to Leon County Schools earlier this month served as a final decision to deny the district’s proposal, but the superintendent still envisions a future for the project.
After hints of progress last month, the community schools education initiative pushed by City Commissioners Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox, seems to have been hijacked, for now, by potential partners and district officials.
Nearly 2,000 Leon County middle and high school students stayed home — or were taken out of class by their parents on Monday — after four schools received separate threats of violence posted through social media accounts.
In the next two months, lawmakers will grapple with hundreds of education issues, ranging from sex education and charter school reform to overhauling state testing requirements and dispatching more dollars to schools.
During a committee meeting on Monday, lawmakers unanimously approved the follow-up audit of Leon County Schools, which will trigger another review of the district’s governance of prior construction projects.
It’s 5:40 a.m. A band of high-schoolers stand outside a row of mobile homes framed by statuesque mossy oaks along the corner of Brittany Boulevard, not far off Capital Circle in northwest Tallahassee. They await their hour-long bus ride to school. Sunrise is more than an hour away.
Often, when she is thinking, she’s thinking in French; if she could, she would breathe in French. Everything is lovelier when spoken in French, too — even dreaded subjects like math. To Leon High School senior Jamilah Mitchell, learning the Romance language for the last four years has unlocked a world replete with opportunities.
In science class at Godby High School, students just learned that a scalar quantity is a one dimensional measurement, such as temperature or weight, while a vector has more than one associated number, like velocity. Taught in isolation, this bit of physics is admittedly rather sterile, but as students venture outside classroom walls and engage in hands-on activities requiring application of these principles, physics becomes tangible in a way, exciting even.
During budget amendment talks on Tuesday, Leon County School Board member Alva Striplin voiced concerns about the district dipping into reserve funds and called for improved record-keeping on the use of facilities outside school hours.
The controversy surrounding a gender-neutral student’s decision to wear a dress — an act that flew in the face of anatomical conventions — raised many questions about the district’s bylaws regarding the dress code, school environment and discrimination against certain students. In coincidental timing, a week after the incident, Leon County Schools familiarized dozens of administrators with the policies relating to transgender and gender nonconforming students.
The Florida Education Association and local teacher unions are investigating the legality of the Best and Brightest teacher scholarship program, in which individual bonuses of $10,000 would be awarded based upon teachers’ past ACT or SAT scores.