Why is science radioactive for Florida’s K-12 leadership?

Florida embraces – in fact, leads – on national standards and assessment in math and English language arts.  But the national science project, the Next Generation Science Standards, is held at arm’s length.

Governor Scott, presumably a big fan of “STEM”, doesn’t mention the word “science” once in his written K-12 agenda or his remarks to the State Board of Education.

Florida adds end-of-course exams in Civics and US History despite Governor Scott’s pledge of “no new testing”.  Yet EOC’s in chemistry and physics aren’t even mentioned.

It is as if the “S” in “STEM” no longer stands for “science”.  Maybe it stands for “stupor”.

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