Florida schools roundup: Common core, STEM, teacher raises & more

Common Core: The Florida Department of Education schedules three public hearings to discuss the new standards. The Buzz. More from the Orlando Sentinel. The department’s daily Common Core tweets are put on hold. StateImpact Florida.

florida-roundup-logoMoney 101: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart estimates a new financial literacy course for public school students could cost as little as $138,944 over five years. The Buzz.

Teacher pay: Most Seminole County public school teachers will get pay hikes of $1,450 to $2,350 this year. Orlando Sentinel.

Charter schools: Ben Gamla, a Broward County charter school, reduces the size of its planned high school from 1,050 students to 600 to appease opponents. Miami Herald.

Volunteer call: Lee County’s superintendent encourages volunteers to help out at schools. Fort Myers News-Press.

New workforce: Millennials and post-millennials are facing a brave new world of work — where the competition spans beyond national borders, and many of the jobs have yet to exist, writes Rhema Thompson for the Pensacola News-Journal.

STEM: Schools throughout Pinellas County step up their emphasis on science this school year with new labs that cater to science, technology, engineering and math lessons. The Tampa Tribune.

Homework help: Thanks to technology and YouTube, this Pasco County math teacher is available to her students 24-7. Tampa Bay Times.

School boards: The Tampa Bay Times takes a closer look at Hillsborough County Superintendent MaryEllen Elia’s new contract.

Climate surveys: Pasco County prepares for another round of employee surveys. Tampa Bay Times.

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BY Sherri Ackerman

Sherri Ackerman is the former associate editor of redefinED. She is a former correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and reporter for The Tampa Tribune, writing about everything from cops and courts to social services and education. She grew up in Indiana and moved to Tampa as a teenager, graduating from Brandon High School and, later, from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/news editing. Sherri passed away in March 2016.