Monthly Archives: April 2011

Bill eliminating class size limits on advanced math and science courses clears Senate on 38-1 vote; Algebra 1 EOC glitch bill heading to Governor’s desk

In an utterly surreal display of bipartisan cheer, the Florida Senate today passed SB 1466 by a 38-1 vote.  The bill will eliminate class size limits on Precalculus and all AP/IB courses, including those in science and calculus.  The resistance … Continue reading

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Florida education in a nutshell, by Sherman Dorn

Quoted in a New York Times article titled “Jeb Bush Leads Broad Push for Education Change with ‘Florida Formula’”: If kids graduated from fourth grade, I think he would have been an unqualified success. Sherman is a blogger and member … Continue reading

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Algebra I EOC: Full Senate will vote on HB 7087 tomorrow

The full Senate just replaced SB 1996 with HB 7087.  It now looks like the high school students who took Algebra 1 in middle school are safe from the inaugural EOC.  The Senate will vote on HB 7087 tomorrow and … Continue reading

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Letter to my Senator: Save class size limits in advanced math and science courses

Dear Senator Montford: I am writing to address the elimination of class size limits for Precalculus and Advanced Placement courses in science and math in SB 2120.  As a Physics Professor at FSU, the Vice Chair-elect of the Forum on … Continue reading

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Florida budget process lurches forward: Here are the budget conferees

Florida Senate Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon have finally reached agreement on broad budget allocations, and the budget conference is beginning. If you have concerns about PreK-12 budgeting on issues like class size, then consider contacting a conferee, … Continue reading

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Algebra 1 EOC: Orlando Sentinel describes the insanity

It’s as if they are caught in a real-life version of that classic bad dream, the one where you must sit for a final exam in a course you didn’t take. So begins Leslie Postal’s Orlando Sentinel article on the … Continue reading

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40,000 strong freshman math students become political footballs: Senate refers HB 7087 to committee apparently to kill it

The Senate leadership appears to have publicly dissed the House’s education leaders by assigning HB 7087 to the PreK-12 and Budget Committees.  PreK-12 has not met since April 14, and there are no more meetings scheduled this session.  That should … Continue reading

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