Monthly Archives: May 2010

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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RTTT Round 2 Update 21: What happened to Palm Beach County?

So what ever happened to Palm Beach County?  The Palm Beach Post had reported that the Palm Beach School Board had jumped on.  Then we learned that Palm Beach was one of two districts – the other being Baker County … Continue reading

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Impact of new Massachusetts high school grad requirement in science on grad rate: less than 2%

The Boston Globe is reporting that the new science graduation requirement for high school students in Massachusetts has reduced the state’s graduation rate, but by less than 2%.  [Thanks to Brandon Haught at Florida Citizens for Science for pointing out … Continue reading

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RTTT Round 2 Update 20: 65 Florida districts in, 54 with unions

School Zone reports that 65 Florida school districts signed on to Florida’s Round 2 RTTT proposal, and in 54 of those districts, the teachers’ unions signed on as well. The difference from Round 1, when only five district unions signed?  … Continue reading

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SB 4 a “huge unfunded mandate”?

A consortium of parents’ groups that was formed to advocate for increased education funding in Florida has sent a letter to Governor Crist asking him to veto the conforming bill (spending plan) for the state’s PreK-12 schools.  (Gradebook coverage here) … Continue reading

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Live feed of the BP gusher

Here is a link to the live feed of the BP oil gusher.  Many people will be staring at this feed over the next few days hoping to see some sign that the top kill attempt that will begin today … Continue reading

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RTTT Round 2 Update 19: 59 Florida districts in as deadline passes

The Lakeland Ledger is reporting that 59 Florida school districts are in for Round 2, including Polk.  Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach is in as well. Update (7:30 am Wednesday): School Zone pointed out late last night that 9 … Continue reading

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