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2008 Press Releases

Date Press Releases
12/22/2008 Florida’s Kindergarteners Show Continued Growth in Early Learning 
12/18/2008 Department of Education Announces Holiday Reading List 
12/9/2008 Governor Crist Praises Florida’s Virtual Education for Leading the Nation 
12/8/2008 Governor Crist Names Peter Boulware to State Board of Education 
12/5/2008 Adopt-A-Classroom Makes Donating to Florida Schools Easy 
11/19/2008 Florida’s High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 
11/19/2008 Milken Award, Dubbed the “Oscar of Teaching,” Presented to Miami-Dade Elementary School Teacher 
11/3/2008 Florida’s Division of Blind Services Wins Recycling Leadership Award 
10/21/2008 Award Recipients Honored at the Fifth Annual Commissioner’s Summit for Principals 
10/21/2008 Florida’s Blue Ribbon Schools Honored at Ceremony in Washington D.C. 
10/20/2008 Department of Education Announces School Bus Safety Week 
10/13/2008 Department of Education Celebrates National School Lunch Week 
10/1/2008 Department of Education Observes Disability History and Awareness Weeks 
9/26/2008 Renowned Education Expert Kicks Off What’s Working Series 
9/23/2008 Department of Education Releases FCAT Science Lessons Learned Publication 
9/17/2008 Florida Schools Receive $147.1 Million for Outstanding Academic Performance 
9/15/2008 Florida Celebrates School Breakfast Week 
9/10/2008 Department of Education Releases 2008 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List 
9/9/2008 Department of Education Appoints Regional Directors 
8/26/2008 Record Number of Florida Students Take SAT and AP Exams 
8/11/2008 $65 Million in Federal Funding to Enhance Preparation of Florida’s Workforce 
7/29/2008 REVISED: Florida Department of Education Launches New Program to Help Schools In Need of Improvement 
7/22/2008 Florida Community Colleges Are Top Producers Of Nation’s Associate Degrees For Sixth Year In A Row 
7/11/2008 Jean Lamar Announced as Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2009 Teacher of the Year 
7/8/2008 Record Number of Florida Schools Earn High Grades 
7/3/2008 Florida Receives $18 Million Gear Up Grant 
7/2/2008 Florida is One of Six States Selected to Implement Federal School Improvement Pilot Program 
6/30/2008 Seventh Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference Draws Record Breaking Attendance 
6/25/2008 Statement By Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith 
6/25/2008 Statement By State Board of Education Member Donna Callaway 
6/18/2008 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Champion of School Choice Award Winners Announced 
6/11/2008 Governor Crist Signs 2008-09 Budget 
6/10/2008 2008 FCAT Reading, Math and Science Results Indicate Gains In Student Learning 
6/9/2008 Just Read, Florida! Announces Summer Reading List 
5/21/2008 2008 Third Grade Reading and Mathematics FCAT Results Announced 
5/16/2008 Florida Celebrates First Annual Science Day 
5/8/2008 2008 FCAT Writing+ Results Announced 
5/5/2008 Florida Observes National Charter Schools Week 
5/5/2008 Department Of Education Applies For Federal Differentiated Accountability Pilot Program 
5/5/2008 Florida Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week 
4/25/2008 Department of Education Holds Third Annual Bullying Prevention Conference 
4/25/2008 Florida Receives International Reading Award  
4/15/2008 Phi Theta Kappa 2008 All-Florida Academic Team Honored During Awards Ceremony 
4/15/2008 Florida Districts and Schools Recognized for Exceptional Performance 
4/15/2008 2008 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year Announced 
4/14/2008 State Board Of Education Joins Lieutenant Governor Kottkamp In Recognizing Community College Month 
4/11/2008 Education Commissioner Smith Recognizes Florida’s Outstanding Business Partners  
4/9/2008 Department of Education Launches More Customer-Friendly Web Site 
4/8/2008 April is Florida Community College Month 
4/4/2008 Florida Selected to Join Prestigious Schools to Watch Program 
4/3/2008 Florida’s Minority Students Rank Top of the Nation in 2007 NAEP Writing Results 
3/13/2008 College Reach-Out Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary 
3/7/2008 State Board Member Tapped to Serve on National Career Education Panel 
3/3/2008 Florida Schools Celebrate National School Breakfast Week 
3/3/2008 Florida Receives Millions to Train Math and Science Teachers 
2/19/2008 State Board of Education Approves Optional Revised Science Sunshine State Standards 
2/18/2008 VPK Prepares Children for Early Learning Success 
2/14/2008 Florida Ranks Fourth in the Nation in Advanced Placement Student Performance 
2/14/2008 State Board of Education to Hear Public Testimony on Proposed Science Standards 
1/30/2008 Students Encouraged to Celebrate Black History Month Through Recommended Reading List 
1/24/2008 Education Commissioner Announces Will Holcombe as Community Colleges Chancellor 
1/11/2008 Universal Free Ticket Offer Extended Through February 3, 2008 
1/9/2008 Florida's Schools Move Up In Ranking To 14th Place