Florida is one of 47 states allowing computer science to count as math credit. But are these changes helping students or hurting them? In 2013, a who’s who of the tech world came together to launch a new nonprofit called Code.org. The purpose of the organization was to get more computer science into schools.Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates donated millions of dollars to the group. According to the organization’s last annual report, Code.org spent more than US$91 million between 2013 and 2018. Of that amount, $6.9 million went to advocate for state legislation across the country.As part of the organization’s mission to “make computer science count” in K-12 education, code.org takes credit for having influenced graduation policies in 42 states. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science classes to count in place of math classes like Algebra 2. Prior to the organization’s work, only a few states allowed computer … [Read more...] about Florida schools: Computer science now counts as math credit – is this a good idea?
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click to enlarge Photo by Joey Roulette Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis speaks with reporters at his Election Day rally after declaring victory over his democratic opponent Andrew Gillum. Gov. Ron DeSantis was formally sworn into office Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony outside the Old Capitol. Here is his inaugural address, as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chief Justice, Senator and Mrs. Scott, members of the Cabinet and fellow citizens: I take the helm of the ship of state as a Florida native, a veteran of our nation’s military, conscious of my own deficiencies, mindful of the great trust that has been placed in me and thankful for so many of you who have prayed for me. Being charged with leading a state with so much promise, all I can promise is the sweat off my brow, a full heart, my best judgment and the courage of my convictions. I will not be a rudderless vessel in this endeavor; my compass will be the principles reflected in the … [Read more...] about Here’s Ron DeSantis’ inaugural address as Florida governor
When the dust cleared Saturday afternoon in the Florida Legislature, lawmakers had passed 195 bills. Most now await the signature of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The highlights of the Republican-led Legislature’s work include a ban on “sanctuary cities,” several rollbacks of health care regulations, a controversial roads project and a narrow interpretation of Amendment 4. In all, slightly fewer bills were passed than the prior year, when the body passed just 200 (excluding one-chamber resolutions), the low point in a 20-year trend of fewer and fewer bills. Of 1,861 bills filed (excluding local appropriations projects), lawmakers passed about 10 percent. No event interrupted the 2019 session like the Parkland shooting did 2018’s. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought that session to a virtual halt as lawmakers scrambled to draft gun control and school safety measures. Those efforts were extended with the expansion of the “Guardian … [Read more...] about Florida Legislature 2019: What passed and what failed
After last week’s salute to valedictorians and salutatorians from Pinellas County public schools, it’s time to recognize the top students at the county’s private schools. With graduation approaching, we gave them the same assignment as their public-school peers: write a paragraph reflecting on this huge turning point in their lives. The topic could be heavy or light, something about the last four years or the future, something they learned in their classes or even a quote they liked. They could also share their thoughts about the people who helped and influenced them along the way. As you will see, many of these students chose the latter, thanking the parents, friends and teachers who saw them through high school. Meet the class of 2019: Admiral Farragut Academy Evan Schlifstein, 17 Valedictorian GPA: 4.6 PARENTS: Brett Schlifstein and Michele Horwitz COLLEGE: United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. MAJOR: Chemistry PARTING THOUGHTS: I did not have a very … [Read more...] about Class act: Saluting the top students at Pinellas private schools
Change is coming to Florida public schools if state lawmakers get their way. From testing to teacher bonuses and mandatory recess to charter schools, the House and Senate are weighing bills that could impact Brevard students, teachers and families. About 100 bills, in fact.Some, filed by Brevard County representatives, have drawn attention from the school district and teachers union.Here are nine bills that could affect Brevard Public Schools:Senate Bill 964 (companion House Bill 1249) would kill state-mandated end-of-course exams in geometry, algebra 2, U.S. history and civics, as well as the ninth-grade Florida Standards Assessment in language arts. Instead, students could take nationally recognized tests, such as the SAT or ACT."We have heard from the classrooms, there is far too much testing and not enough teaching," said Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), the bill's sponsor. "We have tied the hands of teachers and stressed our … [Read more...] about 9 education bills that would impact Brevard schools