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Rick Scott releases education plan: Should high school graduation requirements equal university admission requirements?

Rick Scott released an education plan today (hat tip to Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse blog). Allow me to dig this out of the weeds of the Scott education plan: Due to a lack of post-secondary readiness, a Florida … Continue reading

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What’s college for, anyway?: Students comment on block tuition

The Gainesville Sun has an article on block tuition, the idea that students would pay for 15 credit hours each semester, regardless of how many credits they take.  At present, many students take 12 hours per semester, the minimum to … Continue reading

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Florida TaxWatch releases piece on STEM-ready high school grads

Florida TaxWatch has released my piece on ensuring that the state’s university-bound high school grads are STEM-ready. From the Florida TaxWatch “E-communique”: According to a recent report, Florida state will need “100,000 more science and technology professionals than we are … Continue reading

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Alex Sink’s TV ad on education: Who are the stakeholders in the K-12 system?

Before I get into it, I should say this:  I am an Alex Sink fan.  If each of our public servants was as devoted, sincere and talented as Alex Sink, our nation would be a much better place.  I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Requiring biology, chemistry AND physics for university admission – Is it nuts?

It is only a matter of time until the Florida Legislature makes university funding partly contingent on the number of STEM degrees produced – including at the bachelors’ degree level.  Of course, a university’s outputs (number of high quality bachelors’ … Continue reading

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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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Florida’s higher ed funding in free fall – and the decline is far from over

The Miami Herald highlighted the continuing budget decline at the state’s public postsecondary institutions.  Budgets have fallen nearly 20% for the state’s public colleges and universities since 2006-2007. With Florida facing a $6 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, … Continue reading

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

According to the report Closing the Talent Gap released by the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Chamber of Commerce in January, 2010, our state will need “100,000 more science and technology professionals than we are on track to … 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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SB 4 Folklore File: What NOT to be concerned about

There are three major concerns about SB 4 that are expressed by the K-12 community and others – that SB 4 is a “huge unfunded mandate”, that the new graduation requirements in science in SB 4 will cause a catastrophic … Continue reading

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