Monthly Archives: February 2014

Your State Needs You

The 59th Annual Florida State Science Fair is to be held at the Lakeland Civic Center during the week of April 8th to the 10th 2014. The organizers are in need of qualified judges to judge the various age groups … Continue reading

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Another columnist takes apart Hays’ textbook bill

Orlando Sentinel columnist Lauren Ritchie wrote a good analysis of the bad bill about textbook selection currently in the state legislature: Florida Sen. Alan Hays’ bill to have school districts to choose own textbooks unworkable. Hays’ proposal would require each … Continue reading

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“Special interest pie fight”

We’ll be tracking the bills filed in the state legislature that, if passed, would change the way textbooks are selected here in Florida. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Get up to date here and here and here. Senate Bill … Continue reading

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Editorial against textbook bill

A Tampa Bay Times editorial today says: No room for political games on textbooks. The editorial notes that the new bill filed in the state legislature that would completely take the state government out of textbook selections was motivated by … Continue reading

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Folks worried about Tuck

Two letters to the editor were printed in today’s Daytona Beach News Journal about the appointment of Andy Tuck to the Florida Board of Education. First one: Religion, not science Should Gov. Rick Scott’s appointment of Andy Tuck, who so … Continue reading

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Surprising survey results

The Orlando Sentinel has a “Friday Back Talk” section on the opinion page. The paper poses a question online, offers some multiple choice answers and then on Friday announces the results along with a handful of readers’ comments. This week … Continue reading

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Details emerge about textbook bill

As I’ve noted before, there is a bill in the state legislature that proposes to turn review and selection of all public school textbooks over to local school districts, removing state-level government from the process completely. In today’s Tampa Bay … Continue reading

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What’s being done?

There’s a disconnect somewhere. As I’ve monitored the ups and downs of science education over the past several years, I’ve seen quite a few programs meant to capture students’ interest in pursuing science as a career. Here’s a recent example: … Continue reading

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