Category Archives: Florida Department of Education

Warning: funding cliff ahead – State Board of Ed teeters toward the edge

From Leslie Postal at School Zone: The Florida Board of Education had a vigorous debate about its budget request to the 2011 state legislature at its meeting yesterday.  Commissioner Eric Smith had submitted a budget that would have resulted in … Continue reading

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Alex Sink’s TV ad on education: Who are the stakeholders in the K-12 system?

Before I get into it, I should say this:  I am an Alex Sink fan.  If each of our public servants was as devoted, sincere and talented as Alex Sink, our nation would be a much better place.  I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Something Florida got right in high school science: separate biology, chemistry, Earth/space and physics certifications

Florida has maintained its separate teacher certifications in biology, chemistry, Earth/space and physics while most of the rest of the nation has jettisoned this system in favor of generic science certifications, according to a new report from the National Center … Continue reading

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RTTT Assessment Program: Two “comprehensive” consortia funded, SCOBES high school EOC consortium not

The US Department of Education has funded the two large consortia that applied to the “comprehensive” component of the Race to the Top Assessment Program.  Florida is a leader in one of these consortia. But the SCOBES proposal for high … Continue reading

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RTTT and STEM in Florida: Will it matter?

Curriculum Matters published a summary of the STEM initiatives in the winning RTTT Round 2 proposals.  CM blogger Erik Robelen pronounced all the winning states’ STEM plans “substantive.”  Here is how he summarized Florida’s initiative: Florida will hire 20 STEM … Continue reading

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Parallel universes: Reactions to the PROMISE data from K-12 teachers and university science professors

The reactions I’ve received to Saturday’s post about the pre- and post-test data from the PROMISE summer content institutes have more or less followed two tracks – one from my science professor colleagues, and another from people involved directly in … Continue reading

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The $22 million PROMISE professional development program delivers failure in Florida

A report on Florida’s $22 million PROMISE program – which provided professional development services for math and science teachers in many areas of the state – reveals that most of the program’s signature curriculum modules did little or nothing to … Continue reading

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