Week Ending March 13, 2015

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features highlights from the Broward County Public Schools and Broward Teachers Union joint news conference to announce a tentative agreement regarding teacher salary increases; and Blanche Ely High School Boys Basketball Champions’ assembly and parade celebrating their state championship and undefeated season before heading to New York City to compete for the national title. 


BCPS News Releases

BCPS 2015 School-Related/District Employee of the Year Finalists Announced
Congratulations to the six finalists for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2015 School-Related/District Employee of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to Broward County schools and students.
BCPS Expands Supper at School Program to Include Four New Sites
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) participates in the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded program which provides healthy meals and snacks in the child care setting. 
BCPS and United Way Team Up for Above the Influence March and Rally
Broward County Public Schools and United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse team up for inspiring Above the Influence March and Rally on Friday, March 13, 2015, at 10 a.m.
BCPS and BTU Reach Tentative Agreement on Teacher Salaries
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) held a joint news conference on Friday, March 6, 2015, to announce a tentative agreement regarding teacher salary increases. 

BCPS News Headlines

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Broward Names Finalists For School Staffer Of Year
Six Broward school clerks and classroom workers have been honored as the best in the district and have a chance to win the coveted employee of the year award.
Students Compete For Top Spot At Spelling Bee
A lesson in not only spelling, but also poise, hundreds of students participated Tuesday in the Annual Broward Herald Spelling Bee.
Novel Idea
Celebrate everything books at the Broward Public Library Foundation's "Literary Feast 2015." 
Debra Stainton Is A Finalist For Broward Schools Employee Of The Year
Debra Stainton began her service at Coral Springs High School in 2003 as a daily volunteer in the front office. 
JP Taravella Holds Benefit Performances to take “Ragtime” to States
The Florida State Thespians recently bestowed a tremendous honor on the JP Taravella Drama Department when its student presentation of Ragtime was chosen as one of five full-length musicals to be presented main stage at its Festival 2015 in Tampa this April.
Panthers Boogie at Margate Elementary Spring Fling
While Florida panthers aren't known for dancing prowess, Margate Elementary mascot "Marty the Panther" was light on his paws at the school's Spring Fling Friday.
Support Your Local High School Band
In February the JP Taravella jazz band took first place in the Essentially Ellington competition at Broward College’s Bailey Hall. Last year, the school's marching band placed second in states.
J.P. Taravella High School National Honor Society Chapter Participates In Waterway Clean-Up
Members of the J.P. Taravella High School National Honor Society participated in the Waterway Clean-up in Coral Springs. “This was a service project for us,” said Denielle Smith.
This Week in South Florida: March 8
On "This Week in South Florida," Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg talk to school officials following the epic fail of the state's already controversial testing rollout.
South Florida 100 Forum March 8
Robert Runcie, superintendent, Broward County Public Schools
Last week: Broward County Public Schools was among the majority of districts in Florida this week that suspended testing on the computer based writing portion of the new Florida Standards Assessments due to technical problems with the software and infrastructure of the State’s new testing vendor. 
Broward Teachers, District Reach Deal On Long-Awaited Raises
The Broward school district and its teachers union have finally reached an agreement to give 14,000 teachers their promised pay hikes. 
Broward County Public Schools Reach Deal With Teachers Union
Broward County Public Schools have reached an agreement with the county's teachers union regarding teacher compensation.
Tentative Agreement Reached In Salary Increases For Broward Teachers
Broward County Public Schools and the Teachers Union held a joint press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Friday, to announce their tentative agreement regarding teacher's salaries.
Broward Teachers Soon To Receive Salary Increases
 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) reached a tentative agreement regarding teacher salary increases after four months of bargaining.
Broward School Teachers Get $20 Million
A tentative agreement between Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the teachers union means an average annual increase of $1,818 for Margate public school teachers. 
Marco Rubio, Bob Casey Team Up on Computer Science Education
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, teamed up with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., this week to ensure consumer science programs are eligible for federal funding. 
Hands-on competition for students
Two Cooper City High School seniors had the highest score on the automotive written exam but finished just shy of winning the overall competition.
Broward Schools to offer breakfast to all students
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will begin offering Universal (free) Breakfast to all BCPS students, as part of its National Nutrition Month Celebration, starting Monday, March 16, 2015, through the end of the 2014/15 school year.
“Leprechaun Jig” Fundraiser for area High School Clubs
Go Green while donating some green at a fundraiser to help emerging leaders and entrepreneurs enrolled in business clubs at local schools.
AP Exam Review Help High School Students Get the “3” they need
Public high school students in Broward looking to excel in Advanced Placement exams this year may want to consider signing up for AP Exam Review in April.