PCS Press Clips – March 5, 2013

PCS Newsroom

Students celebrate languages, culture at International Day — World languages and ESOL students will celebrate Pinellas County Schools International Day, Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Dr. Seuss honored far and wide, high and low — Students throughout the district celebrated Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday by participating in Read Across America Day, the nation’s largest reading celebration.

Announced today: Mike Rivera, Osceola Middle School teacher, is America’s most hilarious teacher —  ABC’s television show “The View” has named Mike Rivera, a seventh-grade civics teacher at Osceola Middle School, the country’s Most Hilarious Teacher.

Tampa Bay Times

 The View’ names Pinellas teacher America’s most hilarious — He only got a quick few minutes at the end of Monday’s episode of The View, waving to the crowd after an hour long episode welcoming back host Barbara Walters after a six-week absence.

Former Sen. Steve Wise pitches product to Florida superintendents — For years, former Florida Sen. Steve Wise of Jacksonville was a key lawmaker in the world of education issues.

More than 100 teachers turn out for aspiring leaders program — Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego has launched a program to encourage teachers to pursue careers in school administration.

Bill would require Florida schools have adequate technology before Common Core takes hold — As the Common Core State Standards get put in place Florida, a key concern remains over whether the state’s schools can handle the load that new computerized tests will place on them.

Tampa Tribune

Florida lawmakers to discuss teachers, elections, Medicaid — When the Florida Legislature convenes its annual session Tuesday, Tampa Bay area legislators will be working on issues ranging from voting procedures and teacher salaries to Medicaid expansion and property insurance

WFLA Ch. 8

Glazer Family Foundation provides glasses to school kids — Dozens of Woodlawn Elementary School students in St. Petersburg will soon see the world a little more clearly thanks to the Glazer Family Foundation Vision Program. 

Pinellas County might change teacher evaluations — In Pinellas County classrooms, students aren’t the only ones being tested.

State Impact Florida

Bill Would Delay Next Generation Test Until Schools Have Technology Ready — The chairman of the Senate education committee has introduced a bill postponing the next generation of standardized tests until Florida schools prove they have technology and broadband capable of handling the computerized tests.

Five Education Issues To Watch During The 2013 Florida Legislative Session — The 2013 Legislative session officially opens today in Tallahassee.

The Palm Beach Post

School safety on table as legislative session starts Tuesday — It’s been nearly three months since the shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., turned school safety into a national hot button issue.

Bradenton Herald

Scott to highlight jobs, schools in State of State — Gov. Rick Scott will focus on jobs and education when he makes his third State of the State address.

Herald Tribune

Scott to highlight jobs, schools in State of State — Gov. Rick Scott will focus on jobs and education when he makes his third State of the State address.

Education Week

Teacher-Evaluation Plans Bedevil Waiver States — Even though 34 states and the District of Columbia have No Child Left Behind Act waivers