Monthly Archives: February 2010

Republican Bright Futures plan relies heavily on SAT scores

On Friday, Republicans in both houses of the Florida Legislature filed plans to modify the eligibility for Bright Futures scholarships by establishing a five-level system that relies heavily on SAT and ACT scores to decide the size of the Bright … Continue reading

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Florida Senate President Atwater: Require greater math and science skills from Florida’s students

From an op-ed by Senate President Jeff Atwater in the Tallahassee Democrat: It can be a Florida child, working at one of our research institutions, who discovers the cure for Alzheimer’s or cancer. However, in order for this to happen, … Continue reading

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Faculty union says 15% cut across the board for Florida higher education funding is possible

The faculty union at Florida State University (UFF-FSU) has distributed an e-mail to the university’s faculty saying that it expects “another round of draconian cuts.”  The union says that the “worst case scenario” is “a 15% cut across the board for … Continue reading

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Next Senate PreK-12 Committee meeting: a science festival, but no assessment/graduation bill

The next meeting of the Florida Senate PreK-12 Committee on Tuesday (March 2) will be a festival of science topics.  But the big discussion of assessment/graduation reform will not be addressed, according to the meeting notice posted yesterday. After a … Continue reading

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If you want to go to medical school, you should major in physics (or biomedical engineering)

The American Institute of Physics has issued a report showing that the average score of physics majors on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is second only to that of biomedical engineers. The 2009 MCAT results, ranked by the sum … Continue reading

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If you want to go to law school, you should major in physics

The American Institute of Physics has issued a report showing that physics majors have the highest average score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the entrance examination for American law schools. Among individuals who applied to law school in … Continue reading

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Next Senate PreK-12 Committee meeting: March 2

With the assessment/graduation bill from the House PreK-12 Policy Committee safely in the can (with it’s plan for end-of-course tests in all high school science subjects and a biology + chemistry/physics graduation requirement), we continue to wait for the Senate … Continue reading

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