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PRESS RELEASE

February 14, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

State Board of Education to Hear Public Testimony on Proposed Science Standards

TALLAHASSEE - Up to one hour of the February 19 State Board of Education meeting in Tallahassee will be reserved for public input on the proposed science standards. Equal time will be given to those who wish to speak in support of the standards as written and those who wish to speak in support of the standards with changes. Speakers will be allotted three minutes each and will need to sign-up to speak on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is anticipated that testimony will be heard from a maximum of 10 speakers in support of the standards as written and 10 speakers in support of the standards with changes.

Those interested in providing testimony should arrive at the Cabinet Meeting room in the state capitol at 8 a.m. to complete a speaker card. Speaker cards will be available in the lobby outside the Cabinet Meeting room.

“We have received a lot of good public input on the proposed science standards and have heard from interested citizens who would like the opportunity to speak on these standards before the State Board of Education,” said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. “To honor these requests, we are making time available at next week’s State Board meeting for additional public testimony. I am privileged to serve a board that truly listens and responds to the concerns of our parents, students and teachers.”

The Department of Education (DOE) previously held five public hearings throughout the state (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Miramar and two in Orlando) to gather public feedback on the proposed standards. In addition, approximately 10,000 individuals provided more than 260,000 ratings and 20,000 comments regarding the proposed standards through a Web-based system.

To view the proposed science standards, visit http://www.fldoestem.org/page231.aspx.