Monthly Archives: February 2019

The decline of high school physics in Florida: Number of public high schools with more than 1,000 students not offering physics grows to 36 in Fall 2018

The number of medium and large public high schools (greater than 1,000 students) in Florida that do not offer physics grew to 36 in the Fall of 2018 from 31 the year before. Physics is recommended by the American Society … Continue reading

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Use research to make policy in Florida: The Florida Senate leadership proposal for a one-time recruiting bonus for teachers in high-needs subjects should be modified to pay out over six years as the successful Georgia math and science teacher program does.

Last Thursday, members of the Education Committee of the Florida Senate presented an outline of their priorities during a press conference in the State Capitol. The outline included a proposal for a “a new recruitment bonus, a one-time award for … Continue reading

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go: Students, teachers, principals and dreaming really, really big.

The picture that the delegation from Apopka’s Dream Lake Elementary School to the National Amazing Shake National Competition tweeted back from their minivan in Atlanta on Friday (shown above) provided a terrific metaphor for how the best of our schools … Continue reading

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High school physics teachers hold the keys to the kingdom: The talk I delivered to Orange County Public Schools physics teachers this morning

Update (Friday morning): I have added a link to the pdf of the talk right here:

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Georgia State University researchers say Georgia’s differential pay program for math and science teachers reduces teacher attrition

Georgia State University Professor Tim Sass and doctoral student Carycruz Bueno have published a study of the effects of Georgia’s differential pay program for math and science teachers on recruiting and retention. The program was initiated in 2011. The abstract … Continue reading

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Which districts are best in 2018-19 at preparing their students for college STEM majors? Seminole and Brevard Counties (again).

Seminole and Brevard Counties once again lead the State of Florida in preparing students for college majors in fields like engineering, the physical sciences, computing, and life and health sciences, according to this blog’s annual analysis of fall course enrollment … Continue reading

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Chemistry course enrollments in Florida’s public high schools decline by 14% in only three years

The number of chemistry course enrollments in Florida’s public high schools continued to drop precipitously in the Fall 2018 semester, adding up to a decline of 14% since Fall 2015 – only three years ago. The rate of decline in … Continue reading

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