February 04, 2008

Call to Action from Florida Science Education Standards Committee

I've just received the following email and, as requested, am passing it on to as many people as I can.

From: info@flasciencestandards.org
Sender: "Curtis Wolf" [wolfcu@cxxxxt.net]
Subject: Call to Action
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 06:48:03 -0500
Message-ID: [002001c86723$d0ee8cf0$6401a8c0@LAPTOP]

Hi, everyone.

If I can be allowed a baseball analogy, we are coming down to the bottom of the ninth inning when it comes to the push for quality science standards. The standards are scheduled for a vote at the February 19th Florida Board of Education meeting in Tallahassee so that gives us a little more than two weeks to let the board know that we Floridians support the proposed standards. To support the standards, I suggest that we do the following things:
  1. Let the Florida Board of Education members know that you support the standards. For more information about how to contact them, see http://www.flasciencestandards.org/howyoucanhelp.htm.

  2. Sign the petition sponsored by the Florida Citizens for Science at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/flascience/index.html. The petition signatures will be delivered to the Board of Education members prior to the February 19th vote. Please help us to deliver to the board members the thousands of signatures that will convince them that Floridians want good science standards.

  3. If you are affiliated with a civic, science and another other type of organization that values good science education, we need this organization to endorse the science standards. If anyone has questions, have the organization representative send an e-mail to info@flasciencestandards.org and I will respond to it. The final science standards that will be sent to the Board of Education for a vote can be viewed at http://www.fcrstem.org/Uploads/1/docs/FLDOE/Science%20Standards%20-%20without%20cover.pdf.

  4. If you live close to the Orlando area, please attend the final February 11th Florida Department of Education public hearing from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Orlando Hyatt in the Orlando International Airport and show your support for the science standards. The hearing will be hosted by Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. For more information on the public hearing, see http://www.fldoestem.org/page231.aspx.
Please pass this e-mail along to everyone you know who values good science education. We need as many people as possible to get involved in our final push for good science standards. It is do or die time if we want our children to be scientifically literate by the time that they leave public high school.

Thank you for your time.

Curtis Wolf
Chairman, Florida Science Education Standards Committee

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