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Florida Republicans, Chamber of Commerce Can’t Recocile Conflicts Between Vouchers and STEM Advocacy

Writing in the Lakeland Ledger, Floridian Citizens for Science president Jonathan Smith points to some alarming numbers about private schools which receive voucher money: How well are the millions of taxpayers’ dollars being put to use? We at Florida Citizens … Continue reading

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Florida Republican Lawmakers Devotion to STEM Conflicts With Their School Choice Obsession

The nation’s supposed need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals drives much republican education policymaking in Florida. Governor Rick Scott turned a state college over to the influence of a state senator in the interest of graduating STEM … Continue reading

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Is Scott Silent on Dozier Tragedy Because He Cannot Bring Himself to Say “Anthropology” ?

The images of what went on at the Dozier School for Boys are unspeakable. But as the work that University of South Florida anthropologists are doing has become a national story, Florida’s governor has been silent. Writing in the Miami Herald, … Continue reading

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Rick Scott Robbed Peter to Pay Paul to Get JD Alexander His University

UPDATE after the bump (10:35 AM central – Saturday) USF Poly Tech is in Senator Paula Dockery’s home town. From the start, Dockery knew that JD Alexander’s desire for an independent Poly Tech was a bad idea. But Dockery must be … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Rick Scott Vetoed Funding for a Grad School Which Actually Generates STEM Professionals

Lost in all the outcry of opponents and the sanctimonious hyperventilation of supporters over the creation of Florida Polytech,  was a story which received only local coverage. On Tuesday, Rick Scott vetoed funding which would have gone toward FAMU’s new … Continue reading

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The Clock Begin Ticking on USF Poly Split, Dockery Asks Scott to Visit the Campus

Florida Governor Rick Scott has until April 21 to sign SB 1944. Within a letter Senator Paula Dockery sent to Scott recommending he visit the campus are some facts that many Floridians don’t know about the existing school: Dockery sent … Continue reading

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Why Florida Republicans Should Give Pause to Their STEM Surge

Higher education reform is on the table starting next week during the Florida’s legislative session. Like its efforts in last session’s K-12 reform bills, the collective will of the state’s republicans and their corporate  financiers will be the only point of … Continue reading

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Why Rick Scott’s Call for More STEM Degrees is Half Right

I thought that Rick Scott was on solid ground when he called for an increased emphasis on STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs. Scott was correct to point out that there are some empty degrees being pushed on … Continue reading

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How Rick Scott’s Call for More STEM Education Helps Focus on Florida School’s Real Problem

Writing in this morning’s Gainesville Sun, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida president Ed. H. Moore takes Governor Rick Scott’s call for an emphasis on STEM education and applies the realities of what kind of students are arriving on the state’s … Continue reading

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