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MEDIA ADVISORY

March 14, 2003

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Department of Education
(850) 201-7130

State Board of Education will meet March 17-18 at Tallahassee Community College

TALLAHASSEE — The State Board of Education will hold a workshop at noon on Monday, March 17, and a board meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Tallahassee. Both meetings will be in Tallahassee Community College’s Legislative Research Center and Museum, 444 Appleyard Drive.

An agenda for the board meeting is attached.

At Monday’s workshop, board members will discuss increasing the supply of highly qualified K-12 instructors. The board considers teacher recruitment and development a critical issue in education, and board members have designated it as their No. 1 Strategic Imperative.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, the State Board of Education will consider recommendations from the Governor’s Emerging Technology Commission that three state universities receive $10 million each to establish research Centers of Excellence. If approved by the board, this special funding would go to:

  • The University of Florida, for a Center of Excellence in Regenerative Health Biotechnology.
  • The University of Central Florida, for a Florida Photonics Center of Excellence.
  • Florida Atlantic University, for a Florida Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology.

Information on these recommendations and other meeting materials are available on the Florida Department of Education’s Web site at http://www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/Mar_18_03/agenda.asp.

The State Board of Education will also:

  • Unveil the latest innovation to the FACTS.org system, a Web-based tool that, for the first time, allows parents and high-school students to compare high-school transcripts against requirements for scholarships and college admission. FACTS.org - Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students - is available via the Internet throughout Florida.
  • Hear proposals to establish at Okaloosa-Walton Community College two baccalaureate degrees - Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science in Project and Acquisitions Management.
  • Hear appeals of six charter school applications.