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Florida Big Bend, Panhandle lag badly in physical science education and face steep climb to new grad requirements

Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle counties face some of the greatest challenges in the state as they aim to help their students meet the new “chemistry or physics” requirement for high school graduation in several years, according to new figures … Continue reading

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Why do some people think the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”?

I think I get it now.  I understand the argument that leads some folks to believe that the new high school graduation requirements are a “huge unfunded mandate”.  It’s just that the argument is wrong. School Zone posted a link … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel op-ed on demand for chemistry teachers

My op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel on the huge demand for chemistry teachers Florida is facing is here.

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Extensive professional development of practicing science teachers probably best hope for addressing chemistry teacher shortage

After talking with a range of people in the science, science education and K-12 communities (and even some folks in the media) about the looming severe shortage of chemistry teachers in Florida, I’ve concluded that the bulk of the 300-600 … Continue reading

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Are new biology teachers qualified to teach chemistry?

Florida’s high schools looking for ways to teach chemistry to 50,000 additional students per year, and there clear challenges in recruiting the 300-600 new chemistry teachers needed to meet this demand.  Starting salaries for new bachelors’ degree recipients in chemistry … Continue reading

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