Florida education news: Teacher pay, UCF president search and a new law

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Brandon High School economics teacher Brian Ayres gives a lesson. He said this year that his Advanced Placement macroeconomics students don't get time to learn financial literacy, because it's not part of the curriculum. But a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday will ensure every student is taught the topic. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Brandon High School economics teacher Brian Ayres gives a lesson. He said this year that his Advanced Placement macroeconomics students don't get time to learn financial literacy, because it's not part of the curriculum. But a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday will ensure every student is taught the topic. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published June 25

TEACHER PAY: Orange County teachers are unhappy with proposed raises, saying most of the money will go toward increased health insurance premiums, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The Brevard County School Board sided with the superintendent to approve a smaller pay hike than proposed by a state-appointed mediator, FloridaToday reports.

PRESIDENT SEARCH: University of Central Florida trustees plan to invite few presidential candidates for campus interviews, and those with non-academic backgrounds are welcome to apply, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TAXES: Duval County school officials are pushing for voters to approve a sales tax in November that would fund $1.9 million in facility updates, the Florida Times-Union reports.

FIRE: Fire officials are investigating after a blaze broke out inside the field house at Edison Senior High School in Miami, destroying the football team’s equipment, the Miami Herald reports.

SUPERINTENDENT: The Volusia County School Board is set to approve a $244,3000 payout to fired superintendent Tom Russell, the Daytona News-Journal reports.

NEW LAW: Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a bill that will require high schools to teach financial literacy and allow students to use computer science courses to meet math and science requirements, The Lakeland Ledger reports. More from Florida Today.

VOUCHERS: The Tallahassee attorney who once sued the state for its voucher program is set to do it again, to strike down the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last month, the Daytona News-Journal reports.

MONEY: School officials in Marion County are trying to find $7.9 million to pay for hikes in employee insurance premiums, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

EXAMS: A principal of a Daytona Beach high school gave more than 330 freshman students a fake Advanced Placement exam, the Daytona News-Journal reports.

BAD ACTS: A former private school teacher is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old student, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ICYMI: Monday’s Florida education news roundup

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