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MEDIA ADVISORY

February 6, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Final Public Hearing on Proposed Science Standards to be Held in Orlando

In addition to the four public hearings previously held, the Department of Education on Monday will hold one final public hearing for Rule 6A-1.09401, Student Performance Standards – Science. Attending the hearing will be Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith, K-12 Public Schools Chancellor Frances Haithcock and Florida’s Office of Math and Science Executive Director Mary Jane Tappen.

Any individuals wishing to address the State Board of Education regarding the proposed science standards are invited to speak at the hearing. Speakers will be allotted three minutes each. State Board of Education members will view the hearing via live Web cast or will be presented with a video recording of the entire meeting. The State Board of Education will consider the proposed science standards at the February 19 board meeting. Time at this meeting will be reserved for board member deliberation only.

A presentation will be made at the beginning of the hearing regarding the process used to develop world-class science standards, including access points for students with disabilities.

The final public hearing for the proposed science standards will take place:

Monday, February 11, 2008
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Orlando Hyatt
Orlando International Airport
9000 Airport Boulevard
Orlando

To view the hearing via live Web cast, go to www.fldoe.org.