Monthly Archives: January 2016

House Committee tilts Best and Brightest in favor of teachers in Title I schools

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education sweetened the Best and Brightest program for teachers in high-needs schools yesterday before passing it on to the full House Appropriations Committee. The language amended to the Best and Brightest program was this: Annually, … Continue reading

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How is Florida doing in STEM education? Here’s what Senator Ring had to say.

Democratic State Senator Jeremy Ring, who represents a district in Broward County and is a former executive at Yahoo, has become a lightning rod because of his bill (SB 468) that would raise the profile of computer programming education by … Continue reading

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The real issue behind the proposal to increase the emphasis on computer coding in Florida’s K-12 schools: Are we willing to set new priorities for our kids’ education?

In a recent issue of the Tallahassee Democrat, Johanne Deremble, Director of the Alliance Francaise of Tallahassee, complained about a proposal by Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring (SB 468) to allow computer coding to substitute for the foreign language requirements for … Continue reading

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Gateway high school science and math courses to college STEM majors – calculus and physics – both featured in Florida media today

Both high school physics and calculus are featured in Florida’s media today. A story on WUSF radio by Robin Sussingham titled “The Anemic State Of High School Physics In Florida” describes Florida’s below-national-average physics enrollment rate and the challenge of … Continue reading

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The Central Principle of Education Policy

As has been pointed out by many others, I am not a social scientist.  But I’m an education policy hobbyist.  In fact, I chaired the American Physical Society’s Education Policy Committee for a year (after chairing the society’s Committee on … Continue reading

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Best and Brightest stumbles ahead in the Senate; two STEM teacher bills advance on 11-0 committee votes

The Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program advanced out of the Senate PreK-12 Committee yesterday on a split 6-5 “favorable” vote in which the bill’s Senate sponsor voted no, another Republican voted “yes” while saying she is opposed to … Continue reading

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Two STEM teacher recruiting proposals to be considered Wednesday by the Florida Senate PreK-12 Committee fall far short

On Wednesday, the PreK-12 Committee of the Florida Senate will consider two proposals for recruiting new STEM teachers for the state’s K-12 schools.  Both proposals are deeply flawed and should be rejected by the committee.  Instead, the committee should amend … Continue reading

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