Monthly Archives: March 2008

Jumping the gun a bit

Here’s a funny blurb up on the St. Petersburg Times website: SENATOR QUITS: The sponsor of a measure allowing Florida teachers to espouse “alternatives” to the theory of evolution announced today that she is resigning from the Legislature to pursue … Continue reading

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Friday morning news

Tampa Bay Online: Academic Anarchy What Stein really meant to say is that the bill insulates teachers from being held accountable for their speech. One wonders whether Florida’s citizens really desire that public-school teachers have that type of protection, one … Continue reading

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Morning news dump

Palm Beach Post: ‘Evolution Act’ passed by panel “You cannot simply call a religious belief scientific information and thus open the door to teaching it in our scientific classrooms,” said Courtenay Strickland, the daughter of a Baptist minister and a … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic

I have a little bit of an eyewitness account of what happened in the Senate Pre-K – 12 committee today concerning the creationism bill (“academic freedom”) SB2692. But before I get to that I want to tell you: Don’t Panic. … Continue reading

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Bad news

Storms’ “academic freedom” bill was approved by the education committee on a 4-1 vote. [edited to add: For those of you dropping in from outside links, please see my latest blog post “Don’t Panic” for much more information. And also … Continue reading

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Morning news dump

Sun-Sentinel: Consideration of evolution bill is questioned. State Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston, said the Board of Education was updating standards that produced students with science scores “among the lowest in the nation.” The state has invested hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

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Senate bill analysis and edits

It looks like preparations are being made for the Wednesday afternoon Florida Senate Education Pre-K – 12 committee meeting. At this meeting Senator Storms’ so-called “academic freedom” act will be considered. A check of the bill’s page on the Senate … Continue reading

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How will the Senate committee meeting shake out?

The St. Petersburg Times education blog, The Gradebook, wonders how Wednesday’s Senate education committee meeting will go with Senator Storms’ “academic freedom” bill on the schedule. The committee has seven members – four Republicans and three Democrats – and one … Continue reading

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