Florida education news: Teacher of the Year, job changes, IB diplomas and more
WINNER: Florida's best educators gathered Thursday night to recognize the 2018 Teacher of the Year. Tammy Jerkins, a high school math teacher from Lake County, received the top honor and a $25,000 check, among other prizes. Read the Orlando Sentinel and the Daily Commercial's coverage on Jerkins here and here.
NEW JOB: Ray Bonti, a veteran Pasco county school and district administrator, announced this week he will lead the Hillsborough Association of School Administrators, an advocacy group for the county's school and district level leaders.
DIPLOMAS: St. Petersburg High became home to the first graduating class with International Baccalaureate diplomas in the state 30 years ago, but the IB class of 2017 just broke a school record: 97 percent received their IB diplomas, the highest pass rate in Pinellas.
LICENSE LOST: A Miami-Dade School Board member lost his license to teach in Florida on Thursday after legal controversies in New Jersey followed him to Florida, the Miami Herald reports.
BRIGHT FUTURES: The Florida Department of Education has cleared away confusion surrounding Bright Futures for the fall semester by sending scholarship instructions to financial aid directors. About 40,000 students will see a scholarship payout of $6,000 a semester, double the top scholarship from 2016, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
RULING: The Palm Beach County School Board overstepped its authority by imposing new rules on charter schools that require them to keep their distance from traditional public schools and prove that they are “innovative,” an administrative law judge has ruled, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GUILTY: A Brevard County middle school bookkeeper pled guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from a school over seven years. She was sentenced to seven years in prison, Florida Today reports.
PROMOTION: Mary Glass, the president of Manatee Education Foundation, has been elected to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The consortium raises more than $63 million annually, and has 63 member foundations and 1,100 volunteer board members in foundations across the state, the Bradenton Herald reports.