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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. Pasco School District headquarters in Land O' Lakes
    Steve Hegarty spent 10 years as Hillsborough schools public information officer before taking the police department post.
  2. Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins, left, looks on while school board chair Tammy Shamburger speaks on newly raised concerns of a undiscovered cemetery for indigent African Americans that may be within the vicinity of King High School in Tampa, Florida on Friday, October 18, 2019.  OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
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  3. Joanne Glenn, Pasco eSchool principal, addresses the eSchool faculty on opening day of teacher preplanning week in 2018. Pasco eSchool is launching its first online dual-enrollment courses in conjunction with Pasco-Hernando State College in the second semester.  GAIL DIEDERICH | Special to the Times
    Students will have access to two sections of two courses — microapplications and public speaking.
  4. Challenger K-8 School students, from left, Jeremy Gonzalez, 13, Jackson Hoyt, 12, Benjamin Harper, 12, and Gianni Labdar, 12, finish meals consisting of fresh salads, quesadillas and nachos during a lunch service on Oct. 15 at the school in Spring Hill during the county's Fresh from Florida Plate Day event. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Starting a farm-to-school initiative has been more complicated than district officials expected.
  5. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.
  6. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva presents the state's second draft of academic standards revisions during an Oct. 17, 2017, session at Jefferson High School in Tampa. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the effort in an executive order to remove the Common Core from Florida schools. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times staff
    ‘Our third draft will look different from our second,’ the chancellor explains.
  7. Meaghan Leto, (center facing street), a speech therapist from Twin Lakes Elementary, protests over pay with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association outside of a School Board meeting.
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  8. Representatives from the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss salary and benefits during negotiations on Sept. 18, 2019. JEFFREY SOLOCHEK  |  Times Staff Writer
    As expected, the union rejected the district’s plan to add work for middle and high school teachers in exchange for more money.
  9. Pinellas County teachers and their allies rallied at major intersections in 2012 to protest legislative proposals. [Jim Damaske, Times]
    Details are still scant, but the House’s tone was one of being fiscally cautious as they evaluate DeSantis’ pitch to raise base teacher pay.
  10. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Hernando County School District office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
    Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.