Florida Forced to Stagger Timing of Payments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is being forced to stagger payments to schools and health care providers because of limits with its 30-year old computer-based accounting system. State officials took the drastic actions because the current system can’t pay out $1 billion or more in a single 24-hour period. The state was forced to delay…

New FSA to replace FCAT

ST. PETERSBURG — Parents, teachers and public school officials are getting their first look at the new Florida Standards Assessment, and some are concerned with what they see. The Florida Department of Education unveiled a new website this week containing practice tests, test summaries, testing policies and administrator information about the FSA, which replaces the…

Florida first to adopt national financial education standards

Florida finance and business leaders have long pushed for the state’s students to better understand the way money works in today’s society. Lawmakers mandated financial literacy instruction for high school students in 2013. In June, the State Board of Education adopted a “financial literacy strand” into its social studies standards. Did you know Florida was…

FSBA’s 2015 Legislative Platform

FSBA’s Legislative Platform is the cornerstone for FSBA’s legislative and congressional advocacy efforts.  In order to represent you appropriately in Tallahassee and Washington, we need to begin to develop our 2015 Legislative Platform now.  To assist you in the platform development process, a new quick-link has been added to the FSBA website at www.fsba.org titled “FSBA 2015 Legislative Platform”…

2014 Elections: Qualified Candidates

FSBA staff has prepared a spreadsheet that provides a list of the school board candidates that have qualified for election this fall and has posted this information on the FSBA website on the State Government Relations page – you will find the page listed in the drop-down menu under the “Advocacy” tab or you may…

Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement

The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year. The tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core-based Florida Standards, are available at the Florida Standards Assessments website. Some questions are similar to what students might have seen on the…

Job Vacancies and STEM Skills

Job openings for STEM positions take longer to fill than openings in other fields. The median duration of advertising for a STEM vacancy is more than twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy. For STEM openings requiring a Ph.D. or other professional degree, advertisements last an average of 50 days, compared to 33 days…