Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a sweeping education bill Monday, even as the focus on Florida classrooms was largely overwhelmed by a battle between the governor and legislative leaders over teacher pay.
Flanked by university presidents, lawmakers and other education leaders, Scott signed SB 1076, which would revamp both high school graduation standards and key phases of higher education.
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What Florida’s new education law does:
- Creates “pathways” to high school graduation, allowing students to seek national industry certifications in more than 200 occupations and professions, while also maintaining the more traditional academic path.
- Eliminates some math and science requirements set in 2010 and reduces importance of end-of-course exams.
- Requires financial literacy to be taught in high schools to help students understand the economy and risk of debt; middle schoolers would study entrepreneurship.
- Sets standards for University of Florida and Florida State University to achieve new status of “pre-eminent universities.” Each would receive an extra $15 million; UF also is poised to draw another $10 million to operate online institute to promote internet education.