Florida Board of Education to set legislative priorities
The State Board of Education's budget proposal got all the attention when it came out earlier this week.
Its proposed legislative priorities, released at the same time, also offer some interesting insights into the direction education laws might head in the coming year.
Many of the suggestions are technical in nature, such as changing accountability language to slowly move from "FCAT" to "assessment," and clarifying rules for assigning school improvement ratings to ESE centers.
But other items are more far reaching. Among them:
- High school students would see an added financial literacy graduation requirement.
- School districts would face stronger requirements to make unused facilities available to charter schools.
- Teacher preparation programs would face added accountability measures, and would be required to focus their curriculum more heavily on standards-based instruction.
The board is expected to discuss its priorities when it meets Tuesday in Orlando. Any advice for members?