The State Board of Education convenes this morning in Orlando with a busy agenda.
Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed $22 billion education budget will be among the biggest draws.
The recommended budget includes a boost in teacher salaries and classroom supplies, money for digital instruction materials, and funds for districts to implement additional safety measures following the Sandy Hook shootings.
It provides $100 million for charter school facilities and another $100 million to expand STEM programs at Florida universities.
The panel will hear from Commissioner Tony Bennett about current and evolving education issues and get a presentation about designing an education to employment system.
The board is also charged with approving areas of critical teacher shortages. For 2013-14, those recommended areas are:
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Middle and High School Science
- Foreign Languages
- English/Language Arts
- Middle and High School Reading
- Exceptional Education
- Middle and High School Math
The panel will also amend a series of rules. The full agenda can be found here.
The meeting begins at 10:30 in Orlando.