Putting Education Reform To The Test

State Board of Education To Get Updates on Gov. Scott’s Budget, Transition To New Education Standards

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Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $22-billion education budget gets a review today by the State Board of Education.

The State Board of Education convenes this morning in Orlando with a busy agenda.

You can watch live here.

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 will also hear about the transition to Common Core standards and assessments, implementation of digital learning, and teacher and principal evaluations.

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.


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