Career academies update
Career academies could soon be on their way to all 67 Florida school districts. The Senate passed a bill (SB 1232) today that would require each county to begin planning programs in high-skill, high-demand fields, so students can gain industry-accepted certification that would qualify them for a job right out of high school. Districts would also have to start identifying potential dropouts in eighth-grade, so they could steer them into the new programs. The legislation didn't win unanimous support the way that new performance pay rules did. Sen. Evelyn Lynn, who once chaired the Education committee, argued that the bill would hinder districts that are already trying to do good things in career and vocational education. She tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill twice before its passage, 33-4.