Monthly Archives: February 2017

No serious proposals on fixing the teacher pipeline on the table in Florida’s Legislature yet

The most important thing that the State of Florida does is educate its children. And the most important component of the state’s K-12 system is its teachers.  Nothing else even comes close. There is broad bipartisan agreement that Florida’s teacher … Continue reading

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Florida vs. Missouri in K-12: Which state is better?

Two states with Republican governors – Florida and Missouri. Missouri’s Governor Eric Greitens said in his State of the State address in January that “we have an education system that ranks near last in every measure that matters.” [Editor’s note: … Continue reading

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The State of Missouri is arguing about whether it’s doing high school physics well. Politifact Missouri has stepped in, and…

The State of Missouri is having an argument over whether it is doing a good job delivering physics courses to its high school students.  It’s the sort of argument you would never hear in Florida (or at least in most … Continue reading

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APS STEM teacher report: What worries undergraduates about teaching? What frustrates practicing teachers?

While our policy-makers ponder (or mostly ignore) what it would take to reverse the decline in Florida’s teacher pipeline, it’s worth considering the results of the recently released American Physical Society report “Recruiting Teachers in High-needs STEM Fields: A Survey … Continue reading

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Florida’s declining teacher pipeline on the agenda for FL House Education Committee meeting today

Florida’s worsening teacher shortage is on the agenda for today’s meeting of the House Education Committee.  The meeting packet has a series of power point slides using data from the ACT college entrance exam.  That data includes student responses to … Continue reading

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Bay County economic development triumph opens up new opportunities for local students

Bay County business and education leaders are elated about the arrival of GKN Aerospace.  It is one more step toward building the high-tech economy that every city wants. As Eryn Dion reported in the Panama City News-Herald, Gulf Coast State College … Continue reading

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Montford proposal would eliminate Geometry and Algebra 2 EOC’s and likely allow districts to substitute ACT/SAT for FSA 10th grade ELA exam

Senator Bill Montford has filed a complex proposal (SB 964) to alter Florida’s K-12 accountability system that would – among many other changes – terminate end-of-course exams in Geometry and Algebra 2.  It would also likely allow districts to substitute … Continue reading

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