BROOKSVILLE — The people dotting a back room of Vineyard Christian Church one night last month had lots of reasons for showing up, but they all had one in common: They were thinking about home-schooling their kids.There were parents who were home-schooled themselves and parents dissatisfied with traditional public schools. One mom, whose New England family recently decided to spend half the year in Hernando County, wanted to know if she had to re-register her kids for home-schooling in Florida. Another, whose child wasn't yet school age, wanted to know how early she could get started.About a dozen of them showed up for the meeting, offered monthly by Home Circle of Hernando, the county's biggest support group for families who home-school. There's a growing audience for the information it offers: In the summer of 2016, the Hernando County School District had 981 registered home-schoolers, about one for every 22 students enrolled in a public school. By last summer, that number had … [Read more...] about Home-schooling gains popularity in Hernando County. Parents say there’s no single reason why.
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BROOKSVILLE — Just as 2018 turned out to be a tumultuous year for the city of Brooksville, the same was true for its new city manager, Mark Kutney.The dust has settled over the budgetary crisis that prompted the City Council to close the Brooksville Police Department and contract with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. Now is its first opportunity to evaluate how Kutney weathered the storm.Previous coverage: City Council disbands Brooksville Police DepartmentOn Monday, the council will review individual evaluations by each council member. As a whole, their average scores put Kutney slightly above "meets expectations.''Kutney also provided a self-evaluation, detailing the issues he has tackled, along with upcoming tasks and goals. Reconciling issues with the police pension fund, developing a capital improvement plan and budget, and reviewing the fire assessment fee were among his listed goals.Council member Robert Battista gave Kutney his highest … [Read more...] about Brooksville City Council gives varied marks to city manager
TAMPA — Until last week, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office online booking log served as a historical record of arrests and mug shots dating back more than two decades.From a murder suspect later judged guilty to a college student whose misdemeanor pot charge was dropped, arrest information and photos of everyone booked into the county jail since the mid 1990s have been accessible with the stroke of a few keys. That changed Monday when the agency amended its policy so that online booking information will be available only for 90 days after an inmate leaves the jail.Limiting the time the information is available online is "based on fairness," Sheriff Chad Chronister said."I was concerned about the everlasting booking photos and the discriminatory implications that come along with it," Chronister said.Experts say the change highlights the ongoing tension between two priorities: providing easy access to public records and protecting information that can linger on the … [Read more...] about Weighing access and fairness, Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office limits online jail records
SCHOOL CHOICE: Families across the Tampa Bay area are approaching the school choice application season, where they can apply to the growing number of options available to them for 2019-20. The Times School Search guide provides information about the selections. For a conversation about the state's tax credit scholarship program, check out our latest podcast.STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Hernando County school officials find black students are disproportionately disciplined, and seek to make the system more fair.RECOGNITION FUNDS: What happens when a school that earned Florida school recognition funds doesn't exist any more? Staff from Pasco County's Ridgewood High School will soon find out.IN COURT: Forty-three school districts are dismissed from the Florida Education Association's legal challenge of the "Best and Brightest" teacher bonus program.BRANDING: University of South Florida officials respond with humor to the negative response to the … [Read more...] about Florida education news: School choice, student discipline, recognition funds and more
BrieflyBROOKSVILLE PLANT EARNS CERTIFICATION: Cemex recently announced that its Brooksville South cement plant achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for 2018, recognizing the plant for its conservation efforts. The local plant has achieved the certification six out of the past seven years.SPONSORS AND PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors and players for its 2018 Holiday Golf Tournament Dec. 6 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. Registration and breakfast will be at 8 a.m., shotgun start at 9 a.m. Tickets are $100 per player/$400 per team, includes breakfast, golf cart, round of golf and luncheon. Event includes a silent auction. Sponsorship categories include: Title, $2,500; Specialty, $1,000; Beverage Cart, $750; Lunch, $750; Gold, $450; Putting, $400, and Hole, $150. For information, call (352) 796-0697 or hernandochamber.com.Who's news PRACTICE … [Read more...] about Hernando Business Digest for Oct. 19