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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]
Published Jun. 25
Updated Jun. 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


  1. A view of the student center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where opposition is mounting over a plan to consolidate USF's three campuses. Some state lawmakers are opposed to parts of it that would concentrate authority over academic decisions in Tampa. CHRIS URSO   |   TIMES  |
    They say the proposal by USF president Steve Currall conflicts with a new Florida law by giving too much authority to the Tampa campus.
  2. Wreckage left behind by Hurricane Michael. News Service of Florida
    Entire school systems are still recovering from long-standing damage and dealing with the disruptive aftermath of the storm.
  3. The National Merit Scholarship program has announced the names of semifinalists for scholarships to be offered in the spring.
    These students are among the top 1 percent of high school seniors in the nation.
  4. Florida schools increasingly are monitoring students' social media for potential threats.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  5. Sally Harris said she has more to accomplish and is mounting a return campaign for the Hillsborough County School Board. [Times | 2014]
    Three people have filed so far for the seat now held by Lynn Gray.
  6. The DeLucio family of Trinity toured the Mitchell High School campus and showed the visit on their YouTube channel, which has more than 1 million subscribers. Many parents, students and school officials were not amused. YouTube
    If approved, a new policy would take effect in early October.
  7. The Hillsborough County School Board holds a workshop in June 2019. Tampa Bay Times
    The chairwoman looks for ways to keep comments private, while the board asks for more input on key issues like its superintendent search.
  8. Hillsborough County school officer Obed Gerenastands in front of Cahoon Elementary School in Tampa in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  9. Hernando County Sheriff's deputy Cory Zarcone talks to students during breakfast time in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School in 2018. [Times (2018)]
    Five were arrested last week in a gun-theft incident on school grounds. Schools were locked down twice the week before. School board members want “zero tolerance.”
  10. Saint Leo University hosted a Bahamian comfort food dinner Tuesday night. Nearly 150 of the more than 2,200 students on the Pasco County campus are from the Bahamas. MALIEK WATKINS, THE LIONS’ PRIDE MEDIA GROUP  |  Saint Leo University
    Shaken by the devastation and toll of Hurricane Dorian, the Pasco County university’s students shared traditional dishes from home.