Author Archives: Paul Cottle

A reply to Opt Out Florida co-founder Sandy Stenoff on middle school Algebra 1: Here’s why I think it’s important – but yes, these decisions are difficult.

Sandy Stenoff, a Central Florida parent of two children in the public schools and a co-founder of the Opt Out Florida Network, tweeted to me in response to a tweet in which I mentioned the rising number of Florida middle … Continue reading

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Collier County #1 Florida district for middle school Algebra 1, according to newly released results

Collier County blew by Florida’s usual STEM leaders to establish itself as the state’s number one district for middle school Algebra 1, according to my analysis of the Algebra 1 end-of-course (EOC) exam results released yesterday by the Florida Department … Continue reading

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Number of Florida middle school students passing state’s Algebra 1 end of course exam continues to surge

The numbers of middle school students passing Florida’s Algebra 1 end of course exam continued to surge this year, according to testing results released by the Florida Department of Education today. Students who pass Algebra 1 in 8th grade or … Continue reading

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Did the Orlando Sentinel article on voucher school curriculum just “blast Christian-school texts for being Christian”? No.

In a letter to the editor published in Wednesday’s Orlando Sentinel, Colleen Berry criticized the Sentinel’s Sunday article “Private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together” by saying “The article blasted Christian-school texts for being, well, Christian.” … Continue reading

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Florida’s Catholic leaders have an urgent moral problem with the state’s tax credit scholarship program.

Florida’s tax credit scholarship program and the state’s other private school scholarship programs have provided Catholic schools with financial security and the opportunity to reach out to low income families in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. … Continue reading

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The information in the Florida Department of Education’s Tax Credit Scholarship Accountability Document: How can it be made more accessible?

If you haven’t yet read the Orlando Sentinel article “Private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together”, you should.  You should read it especially if you are a school choice supporter or (like me) a school choice … Continue reading

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New York Fed: For post-recession college graduates “likelihood of being underemployed was lower for those with more quantitatively oriented and occupation-specific majors”

Here is the abstract of a New York Fed report released in 2016 on underemployment of post-recession college graduates.  Two figures ranking college majors by underemployment probability are shown below.  [Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed] Though labor market conditions steadily … Continue reading

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