Monthly Archives: June 2015

Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program nearly fully funded at $44 million; my post saying funding would be limited to $5 million was incorrect

Jeff Solochek from the Tampa Bay Times was right, and I was very wrong. And that isn’t even close to being the worst news. I reported yesterday that the Florida Senate had prevailed in limiting funding to the ill-designed Florida … Continue reading

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Senate prevails on program to pay Florida teachers according to the teachers’ own SAT/ACT scores from high school

Next year, Florida will still pay teachers in part on the basis of the teachers’ own SAT or ACT scores from high school.  But because the Senate budget position on the program prevailed, the amount will not be very much. … Continue reading

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Leon’s School of Arts and Science shines on 8th grade Science FCAT, but Leon County as a whole does not. Should we blame the Biology EOC for that?

Leon County’s School of Arts and Science had yet another all-star performance on the 8th grade Science FCAT this spring, ranking 7th in the state with a passing rate of 92%.  The school has a single middle grades science teacher, … Continue reading

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Wondering whether your daughter (or son) has the math chops to make it in engineering or science? You should read this…

Originally posted on Future Physicists of Florida:
For nearly all of us in engineering and science, math is something we had to work hard at to improve.  It didn’t come easily.  Ask my mom about the C+ I got in…

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Florida Senate education budget negotiators hold out for a drastically reduced appropriation for teacher pay scheme based on teachers’ own SAT/ACT scores

Jeff Solochek at the Tampa Bay Times’ education blog Gradebook has reported that while education budget negotiators from both the Florida House and Senate agreed to establish the Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program that would annually supplement K-12 teachers’ pay … Continue reading

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It’s baaaaaaaaaack: Program to pay teachers based on college entrance exams they took when they were in high school returns via budget language

Jeff Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times reported today via twitter that the program to pay annual bonuses of as much as $10,000 to teachers who themselves earned SAT or ACT scores in the 80th percentile or better had appeared in the budget … Continue reading

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Number of FSU black engineering graduates plunges over last ten years

The number of black students earning bachelors’ degrees in engineering at FSU plunged over the last decade.  Ninety-six bachelors’ degrees in engineering were awarded to black FSU students during the five academic years from 2009-2010 to 2013-2014, compared to 169 … Continue reading

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