Monthly Archives: August 2010

Public education: Does Rick Scott get it?

Honest – I had no intention of posting a snotty anti-Rick Scott message this morning.  I really just wanted to link to his plan for public education. But this is what I found:  Go to Mr. Scott’s “Issues” page here.  … Continue reading

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Florida wins RTTT Round 2

Florida joins Massachusetts, New York, Hawaii, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. as 2nd round winners. Florida’s prize is $700 million. Coverage from the Orlando Sentinel.

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RTTT Round 2 winners to be announced today – and it’s Florida Election Day!

Two big events today: The Round 2 Race to the Top winners will be announced in a press conference at 1:00 pm. And today is Florida’s Election Day, Round 1.

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Welcome to Class Size Chaos Day

Here in Leon County, it’s Class Size Chaos Day – the first day of school.  I’m waiting to see how screwed up my son’s schedule is at Chiles High School, where 22 staff positions have been lost in the last … 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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AIP survey reveals spectacular growth in high school physics nationally

The new report on high school physics enrollments recently released by the American Institute of Physics reveals spectacular growth in the subject nationally, particularly in conceptual physics courses.  When the AIP began its assessments of high school physics in 1987, … Continue reading

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Pay for math and science teachers in Washington state lags other subjects

From the Center for Reinventing Education (with hat tip to Curriculum Matters): Washington State recently passed a law (House Bill 2621) intending to accelerate the teaching and learning of math and science. However, in the two subject areas the state … Continue reading

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