Monthly Archives: February 2012

Achieve: New Research Reinforces the Need for Next Generation Science Standards

From the website of Achieve, the National Governors’ Association unit that works on educational standards, including the Common Core math and language arts standards and the Next Generation Science Standards: Since the Sputnik launch, Americans have regarded science education as vital to … Continue reading

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UF-FSU tuition bill heads toward certain legislative passage

A bill allowing UF and FSU to charge market-rate tuition is charging toward approval in both houses of the Florida Legislature, according to the News Service of Florida. But there is a huge obstacle for the proposal in the Governor’s office. … Continue reading

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Harvard’s Phil Sadler: “Those who escape taking [high school] biology are more likely to become scientists”

That from yesterday’s invited session of talks sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Forum on Education at the society’s March Meeting. I wrote the quote down by hand, so it might not be perfectly accurate.  But the gist of the … Continue reading

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Fordham Institute revises Florida’s science standards grade upward – to “C”

So reports Leslie Postal at School Zone.  Why?  Florida State Board of Education Member Roberto Martinez said during today’s board meeting that he called Fordham and that others had as well. So much for objectivity. Meanwhile, NRC K-12 Science Framework Committee … Continue reading

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Senate STEM bill language for K-12 and postsecondary inserted into House legislation, now appears to be charging toward approval

The Lakeland Ledger reported today that the language of Senate bills 1366 and 1368 on STEM education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels has been inserted into a new House bill, HB 7135.  With that action, the Senate proposals, both authored by … Continue reading

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SB 1366 proposes limiting university general education requirements to 30 credit hours (instead of the present 36): Is this good or bad?

In addition to limiting general education requirements to 30 credit hours, SB 1366 would move some of the authority for setting general education requirements away from the faculty senates at the individual institutions to statewide faculty committees. SB 1366 gets … Continue reading

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Helen Quinn, NRC Science Framework Committee Chair, leads off “Closing the Gap With the Leading Nations” invited session on Tuesday at Boston APS meeting

Stanford Physics Professor Emerita and NRC K-12 Science Framework Committee Chair Helen Quinn leads off a session of invited talks at 11:15 am on Tuesday at the APS March Meeting in Boston.  The session, titled “K-12 Science Education:  Closing the … Continue reading

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