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School board to discuss common core, dual enrollment Tuesday


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BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County School Board will hold a workshop at the district office in Brooksville at 2 p.m. and board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The workshop will cover Common Core State Standards, or a multi-state curriculum seeking new approaches to teaching and learning with the hopes that American students will be more globally competitive in the future.

A copy of the presentation shows CCSS goals are to implement a focused and coherent curriculum, include rigor and higher order skills, and align research-based standards with college, work, and internationally benchmarked expectations.

"Sixty-five percent of today's grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn't been invented yet," one slide reads.

The presentation promotes CCSS as being independent of students' socio-economic status, gender and disability, as accommodating students who may have to move to another state without shifting that student's expectations, and as fostering a common national language.

Also at Tuesday's workshop, Department of Food and Nutrition is requesting $2,600 raises for 12 dual assistant managers, or a total of $31,200 for added responsibility when the dual manager at their work site is overseeing another location.

The six dual managers receive $5,000 for managing two sites instead of one, according to the salary schedule.

The board also will discuss four hours of state-mandated ethics training for school board members, which will be held during the Florida School Boards Association's annual joint conference Dec. 6 in Tampa.

The costs of forced-attendance to the conference are not yet known but will include registration fees and travel reimbursements, according to a draft summary.

The school board will consider during their board meeting Tuesday evening a final vote approving the 2013-14 school year dual enrollment handbook.

According to Pasco-Hernando Community College, high school dual enrollment students do not have to pay tuition or lab fees, and textbooks are provided by school districts but must be returned on time.

Hernando County School Board and PHCC are still reviewing courses and developing articulation agreements for costs related to college and industry certification tuition, according to the PHCC.

The school district and PHCC will share equally the cost of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities mutually agreed upon for dually enrolled students.

Any costs for interpreters for students with a hearing impairment and costs for students with visual impairments will be paid 50 percent by the school district and 50 percent by PHCC for courses taken at any PHCC campus, according to the college.

The full agenda can be found at http://hernando /school-board/e-agendas

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