Monthly Archives: April 2010

This seems definitive: Study of twins out of FSU demonstrates that “poor teaching impedes the ability of children to reach their potential”

Have you heard enough about how teachers can’t really make a difference because of the influence of parents and other environmental factors, and because of the inherent variations in children’s abilities? That argument should end now.  Florida State University researchers … Continue reading

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Postive comments on SB 4 out of Bay and Lee Counties

The Ft. Myers News Press and Panama City News Herald carried positive comments on SB 4 from administrators in the Lee and Bay County school districts this morning.

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Teacher Effectiveness Reading Club, Offering #9: Anne Geiger at Public Policy Blogger has built up a serious bibliography

For today’s offering, I will point you to Anne Geiger’s most recent post and – as we say in the nuclear physics business – references cited therein.  Lots of ’em. I am no education policy expert, but at first glance … Continue reading

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Orlando Sentinel: New graduation requirements for math and science may push down graduation rate

The Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal weighs the benefits of more demanding graduation requirements in math and science against the risk of decreasing graduation rates in a piece for Thursday morning’s paper.  The story’s lead was Todd Clark’s declaration from last … Continue reading

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Reaction to SB 4 signing from school district officials

This morning’s coverage of the signing of SB 4 in the Orlando Sentinel and St. Pete Times reveals that reaction from school district officials comes in three flavors. Seminole County’s high school supervisor Walt Griffin was quoted in the Sentinel … Continue reading

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Governor quietly signs SB 4 into law

Governor Crist signed SB 4 into law today, allowing the State of Florida to take a step toward scientific literacy and leadership in science and technology.

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Ft. Myers News Press adds editorial endorsement of SB 4

Ft. Myers’ News Press has added its editorial endorsement of SB 4 to those of the Tallahassee Democrat and St. Pete Times. The News Press, which adapted its editorial from that published by the Democrat on Sunday, quoted Commissioner Smith … Continue reading

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