Category Archives: Florida Legislature

Florida TaxWatch releases piece on STEM-ready high school grads

Florida TaxWatch has released my piece on ensuring that the state’s university-bound high school grads are STEM-ready. From the Florida TaxWatch “E-communique”: According to a recent report, Florida state will need “100,000 more science and technology professionals than we are … Continue reading

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Will the Florida Legislature retreat on new high school graduation requirements?

Alachua County School Superintendent Dan Boyd certainly hopes so. So does Leon High School Principal Rocky Hanna. The State of Michigan did indeed retreat.  Florida’s new graduation requirements in math and science are a carbon copy of the ones Michigan … 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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Florida’s higher ed funding in free fall – and the decline is far from over

The Miami Herald highlighted the continuing budget decline at the state’s public postsecondary institutions.  Budgets have fallen nearly 20% for the state’s public colleges and universities since 2006-2007. With Florida facing a $6 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, … Continue reading

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Ensure that Florida’s university-bound high school graduates are STEM-ready

According to the report Closing the Talent Gap released by the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Chamber of Commerce in January, 2010, our state will need “100,000 more science and technology professionals than we are on track to … Continue reading

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Florida’s 2011-2012 budget shortfall: Where the $5-6 billion number is coming from

If you’ve heard the warnings about a catastrophic shortfall in Florida’s budget for 2011-2012 and wondered where these numbers were coming from, here’s where you can find out.  Florida TaxWatch has issued a report written for (let’s say) non-specialists (like … Continue reading

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FSU’s Ruscher will speak to national meeting about “impending demise” of K-12 Earth science in Florida

Meteorologist Paul Ruscher, a faculty member in FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, will be delivering a talk titled “The impending demise of earth science education at the K-12 level:  Is Florida telegraphing a national trend?” at the … Continue reading

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