Florida education news: Financial literacy, charter schools, budgets and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Brandon High School economics teacher Brian Ayres says his AP macroeconomics students don't get time to learn financial literacy, because it's not part of the curriculum. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Brandon High School economics teacher Brian Ayres says his AP macroeconomics students don't get time to learn financial literacy, because it's not part of the curriculum. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published April 25, 2019

FINANCIAL LITERACY: The Florida Senate quietly abandons its push for a financial literacy graduation requirement, altering its proposal to mandate each high school offer the course as an elective. The House has yet to follow suit.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A controversial educator fails for the third time to win approval for his Hernando County charter school application. • Three new charter schools are proposed for Pasco County.

BUDGETS: The Florida House and Senate come to terms on the bottom line figure for PreK-12 education funding in 2019-20, but some key policy issues remain as they seek to complete their conference work by the end of Thursday, Florida Politics reports.

DEFICIT SPENDING: The Okaloosa County school district faces a potential $4 million shortfall because of rising insurance, retirement and special education costs, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

TURNAROUNDS: The Marion County School Board officially approves a contract with a renowned former principal to lead the improvement efforts at a local elementary school, if its test results don’t improve, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Embattled Indian River County superintendent Mark Rendell resigns to take a principal job in Brevard County, TC Palm reports. • Suspended Okaloosa County superintendent Mary Beth Jackson will get a hearing before the state Senate on May 28-29, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SOFTWARE STRUGGLES: A vendor involved in the Manatee County school district’s lengthy troubled effort to change business software demands $800,000 for its work, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SECURITY: The Clay County school district considers offering emergency alert button service to all employees, Clay Today reports.

TEACHER PAY: The St. Lucie County school district aims to have a new teacher salary plan in place by fall, using revenue from a recently approved property tax increase, TC Palm reports.

ARMED TEACHERS: Polk County superintendent Jacqueline Byrd says she has no intention of allowing teachers to carry guns in classrooms, the Ledger reports. • St. Johns County school district leaders restate their opposition to having teachers with guns in schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.

CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Santa Rosa School Board considers asking the county government to reinstitute school impact fees on new construction, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TEACHER INVESTIGATIONS: The Miami-Dade School Board approves two proposals aimed at improving the way the district investigates employees accused of bad acts, the Miami Herald reports.

EXPULSION OVERTURNED: A state appeals court overturns the expulsion of a DeSoto County student who brought a pot brownie to school, saying the offense was not covered in the school district’s zero tolerance policy, the News Service of Florida reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: An Escambia County man is arrested on accusations of threatening to blow up his child’s school because he was upset with the way the school treated his son, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TODAY: Senate session, 10 a.m. (On special order: SB 7070 vouchers and teacher bonuses, SB 362, to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission) • House session, 10:30 p.m. (On third reading: HB 7071 workforce education, HB 259 human trafficking education. On special order: HB 7123 taxation, HB 1197 charter school sponsors, HB 403 guns at religious institutions with schools.)

ICYMI: Yesterday’s Florida education news roundup