Monthly Archives: June 2015

Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program featured in Washington Post’s Answer Sheet

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss has discovered the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, and she’s not impressed. In her blog Answer Sheet, Strauss cites Jeff Solochek’s Tampa Bay Times article and calls the program “kooky”. Strauss also talked with Bob Schaeffer, the public education … Continue reading

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Tampa Bay Times’ Jeff Solochek gets to the bottom of the Florida Teacher Scholarship Program

Jeff did a very nice job diagnosing the scholarship program for Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. I have a quote in there, but it is a relief to see I am far from the only person upset about this program.  I … Continue reading

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Commissioner Stewart’s SBOE meeting comments prove that science still isn’t a priority for the State of Florida

I am generally a Pam Stewart fan. When I think of Pam, I think of the Elastic Commissioner, one of her hands holding Governor Scott’s hand and being pulled one way, while the Commissioner’s other hand is holding the hand … Continue reading

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Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program survives Governor Scott’s veto pen

The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, which will pay $10,000 annual bonuses to “highly effective” teachers who earned high SAT/ACT scores when they were in high school, survived Governor Scott’s veto pen this morning and was signed into … Continue reading

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How FSU got hammered in the SUS performance funding model: Not enough degrees in STEM and other “Areas of Strategic Emphasis”

As reported last week in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Florida State had a particularly rough go in the state’s performance funding model.  A look at the performance funding worksheet from the Board of Governors makes it clear in which metrics … Continue reading

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FSU was on the brink of disaster for this year’s performance funding; FSU Interim Provost argues salary metric doesn’t reflect true value of arts and humanities grads

Florida State University is featured in a new article on performance-based funding of public universities in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Performance-Based Funding Can Be Fickle, One University’s Close Call Shows”.  I have posted excerpts from the article below. … Continue reading

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Presidents of three professional scientific societies commend NSF for developments in Advanced Placement Computer Science and Engineering, but urge Foundation Director to expand support for developments in AP calculus, chemistry and physics

We should all be excited about the strides being made in K-12 computer science and engineering education.  But those strides should supplement – not supplant – education in math and the basic sciences. The National Science Foundation is supporting efforts … Continue reading

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