Please Contact Your FL House Representative about HB 323: High School Graduation
Legislation has been filed again this session that would reduce the number of electives required for high school graduation. We are asking you to contact your House Representative in opposition of this bill.
Message: Please oppose HB 323, a bill that reduces electives. HB 323 will require a high school half-credit in financial literacy and remove financial literacy standards from the current required Economics course. While we strongly support financial literacy, this bill has unintended negative consequences on arts programs and other sequential elective programs.
Please call your House Representative, Rep. Richard Stark (D), at (850) 717-5104 and voice your opposition to this bill.
You can also look up your representative here.
- We strongly appreciate the importance of financial literacy and think it can be addressed a number of ways without sacrificing an elective opportunity.
- Revise and update the current required economics class to include relevant standards.
- Devise an on-line component that can be used in conjunction with the economics class or another relevant class or as a stand-alone requirement.
- Music and other Fine Arts electives are sequential by definition and require a course sequence for students to achieve the standards and objectives of the program. This is true of other sequential electives, such as World Languages. Eliminating one semester of a sequential course progression compromises the integrity of these programs.
- Without lengthening the school day, adding an additional state requirement will minimize student and family choices regarding electives.
- This would be another state requirement that reduces local control.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
The Center for Fine Arts Education
The Florida Music Education Association
The Florida Art Education Association