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Rick Scott releases education plan: Should high school graduation requirements equal university admission requirements?

Rick Scott released an education plan today (hat tip to Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse blog). Allow me to dig this out of the weeds of the Scott education plan: Due to a lack of post-secondary readiness, a Florida … 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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Alachua Superintendent Boyd: New HS requirements in math and science will cause plunging graduation rates

From this morning’s St. Petersburg Times: Alachua County superintendent Dan Boyd said the state’s move to toughen math and science standards for high schools is coming at the expense of students in vocational and other programs. He predicted more dropouts … Continue reading

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Requiring biology, chemistry AND physics for university admission – Is it nuts?

It is only a matter of time until the Florida Legislature makes university funding partly contingent on the number of STEM degrees produced – including at the bachelors’ degree level.  Of course, a university’s outputs (number of high quality bachelors’ … Continue reading

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

When Democratic candidate for Governor Alex Sink released her education platform last week, she hit on an important point regarding the new high school graduation requirements in math and science passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by … Continue reading

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Alex Sink’s plans on STEM education – she (or her staff) have some of their facts wrong or missing

You’ll have to take my word on this:  I want Alex Sink to be a really strong candidate for Governor. But the portion of her education plan regarding STEM education (argh – she wants to call it STEAM education!) has … Continue reading

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