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FSA scores: Students make gains on language arts tests but algebra scores fall

Florida students made gains on the state’s language arts exams this year compared with last and also posted better scores on standardized biology, civics and U.S. history tests, according to results released Friday by the Florida Department of Education.Students also showed improvement on many of Florida’s math tests in 2019 compared with 2018.

Database: 2019 reading and math scores for Central Florida schools

Florida Standards Assessment scores were released on June 28, 2019. Look up your student's school scores by grade and subject in our searchable tool for Central Florida counties – Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole.

Florida Virtual School set to get new leader picked by Board of Education

The State Board of Education is to approve a new leader for the Florida Virtual School on Monday, completing a takeover of the school ordered by Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative leaders. The action comes after an investigation highlighted problems at the school involving Frank Kruppenbacher, its former general counsel.

Orange school board approves controversial salary package for teachers

The Orange County School Board approved a salary plan for teachers that many argue will lower take-home pay, thanks to steep increases in health insurance costs.

Trinity Prep actors help Haiti students with ‘Once on This Island’

Trinity Prep students stage "Once on This Island" to benefit a charitable Haiti school.

Freshmen at Volusia high school sought college credit, were given ‘placebo’ exam instead: report

A Volusia County principal is under investigation after more than 300 high-school students believed they were taking a test for college credit when they were not, according to a report from the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Search for next UCF president likely to include fewer candidates invited to campus, openness to nontraditional applicants

Fewer candidates vying to become the next president of UCF are likely to be invited to campus for interviews and trustees may invite people with non-academic backgrounds to apply for the post when the search is expected to start later this year.

Orange teachers upset by small raises, insurance hikes

Orange County teachers upset about a proposal for small raises and steep insurance hikes took to Facebook, email and change.org to voice their frustrations. Those who are upset want teachers and the Orange County School Board to vote against the agreement negotiated by district and its teachers union.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes $100K from Lake-Sumter State College for fire-safety, security upgrades

Gov. Ron DeSantis used his line-item veto to cut $100,000 for security upgrades at Lake-Sumter State College.

Discrimination against gay, transgender students at Florida’s private voucher schools would be banned under proposed legislation

Florida private schools that want to take state scholarships should not be able to deny admission to gay and transgender students, a state senator says, as some now do. He's proposed legislation that would ban discrimination based on "sexual orientation" or "gender identity."

Florida voucher schools criticized in parent letters to state

An Orange County private school faces parent complaints and citations from state childcare inspectors -- but remains eligible to take Florida's school vouchers. Winners Primary School in Pine Hills received about $1 million in state scholarships in the 2018-19 school year even as parents complained about unqualified teachers, a dirty facility and an absent principal.

Bright Futures scholarships will be harder to get in 2021

Bright Futures scholarships are going to be tougher to received thanks to new legislation signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Lake County principal of the year part of summertime administrative shuffle

Several new principals have been named in Lake County schools in time for the 2019-20 school year.

Seminole teachers to vote on 3% raises, salary negotiations continue in Orange, Lake

Seminole County public school teachers will get 3 percent raises in the coming year, if they approve an agreement reached by their union and the district. The Orange and the Lake county school districts continue to bargain salary and benefits packages for their teachers.

University of Florida wants to embark on a $2 billion growth spurt

The University of Florida's $2.2 billion capital improvement plans include a new honors college, athletic dorms, a new student health facility, academic buildings and a landscaping plan that would change the face of the university.

UCF to receive $36.7M in state performance funding

UCF will receive $36.7 million in performance funding this year. The funding is based on factors like graduation and retention rates and graduates' wages.

It’s time to halt ridiculous ‘investigation’ into UCF spending | Commentary

UCF has spent $1 million investigating how much money meant for operations was used on construction, which initially freaked out the Legislature but now is considered just fine.

UCF improperly transferred nearly $100M for construction, investigation finds

UCF leaders transferred nearly $100 million for construction since 2010, according to a probe ordered by the state university system, but several former university leaders are not cooperating with investigators, so a full account of how and why the problem occurred may never come to light.

UCF construction spending investigation tops $1 million

The University of Central Florida has spent more than $1 million investigating how school leaders funneled operating money into construction spending accounts over the past decade as a state university system review of the matter continues.

Changes coming to Orange district graduation policy after valedictorian barred from speaking

Orange County school leaders have promised changes to graduation policies after a valedictorian was barred from speaking at her ceremony.

From hurricanes to mass shootings, Florida universities train up crisis management leaders

The Sunshine State faces its fair share of disasters from hurricanes to wildfires to mass shootings. To cope, universities are preparing students with disaster and crisis management programs, shaping leaders for coming incidents.

Bethune-Cookman loses nearly $10 million under interim president: report

The latest fiscal year report for Bethune-Cookman University shows a continued loss in the millions of dollars in the year after the retirement of former President Edison Jackson, according to a report in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Orange school board will seek new buyer for historic Eatonville school site

Plans to redevelop an historic school site in Eatonville have fallen through again. So now the Orange County school district will once more try to sell the nearly 100-acre site, hoping for a developer that can boost the town's tax base and honor its history as the nation's first incorporated black municipality.

Florida’s new health secretary will keep getting paid by the University of Florida, too.

When Dr. Scott Rivkees takes over as secretary of the state Department of Health, he will continue to have an outside contract with the University of Florida.

Howey peeved about plans for alternative school but resigned that it’s coming

Lake Success Academy, dubbed as a second chance for suspended and expelled students, is the first alternative school to open in Lake county after years of contracting the education services out to other providers. But some Howey-in-the-Hills residents are convinced the academy will bring danger to their small community.

Florida adds new voucher program, more schools receive public money as participation declines

As Florida prepares to add a fifth program to send to children to private schools with public money, the number of students using vouchers has dipped for the first time in recent years, though the number of campuses receiving public money has continued to increase.

In move to drop Common Core, Florida releases draft of new academic standards for middle and high schools

As part of its effort to ditch Common Core, Florida on Friday released proposed new language arts and math standards for its middle and high schools. The Florida Department of Education said the proposals represented a first draft and would be revised based on public comments.

Just for teachers: Summer hotel deals, freebies at Orlando theme parks and more | Doreen’s Deals

Summer travel savings for teachers include lodging deals and freebies at Disney Springs, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World and Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.

Maitland school faces lawsuit after 3-year-old boy almost drowns: report

A private school in Maitland is the subject of a civil lawsuit after a 3-year-old boy nearly drowned while participating in a swim camp last summer, WKMG reported.

8-way tie at National Spelling Bee: Students show dictionary who’s the boss

Thanks to eight extraordinary students, the Scripps National Spelling Bee would not conclude like any other in the event’s 94-year history.