Monthly Archives: September 2010

Ensuring that Florida’s university-bound high school graduates are STEM-ready

When Democratic candidate for Governor Alex Sink released her education platform last week, she hit on an important point regarding the new high school graduation requirements in math and science passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by … Continue reading

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David Brooks in the NY Times: “US has drifted away from…mentality that built nation’s wealth”

From David Brooks’ piece “The Genteel Nation” in this morning’s New York Times: America’s brightest minds have been abandoning industry and technical enterprise in favor of more prestigious but less productive fields like law, finance, consulting and nonprofit activism. It … Continue reading

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Professor Marshmallow finalist for Presidential Award for Math and Science

Professor Marshmallow (aka Ruth Markham of Chocachatti Elementary School in Brooksville) is a Florida Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (see report in the St. Pete Times)

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Much less bad: Legislative panel says 2011-2012 budget shortfall is only $2.5 billion

Hat tip to Sherman Dorn on this one. A legislative panel released a report on Friday concluding that Florida’s budget shortfall for 2011-2012 is only $2.5 billion.  Of course, that’s bad enough, but somewhat less frightening that the $6 billion … Continue reading

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AP Physics redesign: Will Honors Physics disappear from high schools?

A message from the College Board’s official listserve for Advanced Placement Physics gave a tantalizing hint of big doings in the redesign of the AP Physics program, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation as part of an … Continue reading

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FEA President Andy Ford in the Sentinel: On Race to the Top, “The real fun begins now”

No kidding. Take a look at the article in today’s Orlando Sentinel.

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RTTT Assessment Program: Two “comprehensive” consortia funded, SCOBES high school EOC consortium not

The US Department of Education has funded the two large consortia that applied to the “comprehensive” component of the Race to the Top Assessment Program.  Florida is a leader in one of these consortia. But the SCOBES proposal for high … Continue reading

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Alex Sink’s plans on STEM education – she (or her staff) have some of their facts wrong or missing

You’ll have to take my word on this:  I want Alex Sink to be a really strong candidate for Governor. But the portion of her education plan regarding STEM education (argh – she wants to call it STEAM education!) has … Continue reading

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