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2009 Press Releases

Date Press Releases
12/21/2009 Governor Crist Announces 2010 Black History Month Contests 
12/18/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Florida School District Participation in Federal Race to the Top Grant 
12/10/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Announcement for Hillsborough School District 
12/8/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Math Results for Miami Dade 
12/4/2009 Florida’s Graduation Rate Hits Highest Point Ever 
11/23/2009 Florida Recognized for Data Collection and Quality 
11/19/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Award to Hillsborough School District 
11/19/2009 Chancellor Holcombe Presents the Florida College System Best Practice Awards 
11/18/2009 National Survey Finds Substantial Increase in Online Education 
11/17/2009 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding the 2009 Florida Charter School Conference 
11/13/2009 Education Commissioner Receives UCF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award 
11/12/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Final Race to the Top Guidance 
10/26/2009 DOE Celebrates Groundbreaking Historical and Cultural Exhibit with Florida Educators 
10/20/2009 Florida Celebrates National Day of Writing 
10/19/2009 Florida Recognizes National School Bus Safety Week 
10/14/2009 Florida Students Maintain Progress on National Math Assessment 
10/12/2009 Florida Celebrates National School Lunch Week 
10/8/2009 Governor Crist Participates In Worldwide Read for the Record Event 
10/8/2009 DEP Secretary Sole Announces Five Winners for Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 
10/7/2009 Florida’s iTunes U Web Site Launches 
10/2/2009 Governor Crist Announces 15 Finalists for Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 
9/24/2009 Lt. Governor Challenges Students to Re-Design a Portion of the Department of Education’s Web Site 
9/21/2009 Central Florida Awarded $12.9 Million for Afterschool Support Programs 
9/21/2009 Northeast Florida Awarded $7.6 Million for Afterschool Support Programs 
9/21/2009 Northwest Florida Awarded $11.2 Million for Afterschool Support Programs 
9/21/2009 South Florida Awarded $18.8 Million for Afterschool Support Programs 
9/21/2009 Southwest Florida Awarded $8.8 Million for Afterschool Support Programs 
9/18/2009 Department Honors Champion of School Choice Award Winners 
9/15/2009 State Board of Education Approves New High School Grading Formula 
9/14/2009 Florida Students Celebrate School Breakfast Week 
9/11/2009 Department Announces 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List 
9/10/2009 Governor Crist Applauds Success of Florida’s Schools 
9/8/2009 DEP & DOE Celebrate Adult and Family Literacy Month at Florida’s State Parks 
9/3/2009 Nursing Scholarships Reach $1 Million Awarded Over Four Years 
9/1/2009 Governor Crist Invites Floridians to Participate in Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Teacher Contests 
8/25/2009 Florida Students Challenged to Team Up and Work on Real-World Engineering Solutions 
8/25/2009 Florida's SAT and AP Performance on the Rise 
8/24/2009 Governor Crist Celebrates Student Achievement as 2009-10 School Year Begins 
8/20/2009 Governor Crist Announces 2009 Fitness Challenge School Winners 
8/18/2009 Governor Crist Highlights School Achievement As New School Year Begins 
8/17/2009 Florida Department of Education Seeks Input for Race To The Top Application 
8/13/2009 Governor Crist Emphasizes H1N1 Swine Flu Prevention as Students Head Back to School 
8/13/2009 Florida KidCare Expected to Grow Again 
8/11/2009 Florida’s High School Freshmen to Benefit from Early College and Career Planning 
8/6/2009 Verizon Awards $60,000 Grant to the Florida Center for Instructional Technology to Train Teachers to Use Innovative, Free Online Resources at Thinkfinity.org 
8/5/2009 Florida’s Chancellor of Public Schools Recognized For Outstanding Contributions to Education 
8/4/2009 Governor Crist Proclaims August as “Kids Get a Plan Month” 
8/4/2009 Division of Community Colleges Gets a New Name 
7/27/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the 2009 Advanced Placement Summer Institute 
7/24/2009 Statement By Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Federal Race to the Top Grant Announcement  
7/24/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Recognizing Parents’ Day, Celebrated July 26, 2009 
7/23/2009 Nearly One Million Dollars Awarded to Florida’s Workforce Programs 
7/20/2009 Department of Education Honors Statewide Parent and Family Involvement Programs 
7/15/2009 Great Florida Teach-In Goes Virtual 
7/14/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Florida’s Academic Progress as Indicated by the National Center for Educational Statistics’ Report on Achievement Gaps 
7/10/2009 Governor Crist Honors Megan Allen as the 2010 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year 
7/8/2009 State Board of Education Chairman Welcomes Posse Foundation to Miami 
6/25/2009 Successful School Improvement Program Expands to Cover All Public Schools 
6/24/2009 Florida’s Colleges Lead the Nation in Graduation and Progression Rates 
6/23/2009 And the Winner Is? Macy’s Prestigious Top Teacher of the Year Announcement Just Around the Corner! 
6/23/2009 Florida College System Tops National Report for Seventh Year in a Row 
6/18/2009 Number of Florida Schools Earning ‘A’s Climbs to All Time High 
6/5/2009 Summer Reading List Encourages Exploration of Florida’s State Parks  
5/28/2009 2009 FCAT Reading, Math and Science Results Highlight Increases in Student Achievement 
5/21/2009 Department of Education Releases 2009 Third Grade FCAT Results 
5/19/2009 Florida’s Top Education Business Partner for 2009 Announced 
5/19/2009 State Board of Education Selects Top School-Related Employee 
5/15/2009 Governor Crist Honors Florida’s Educators During Florida Teacher Appreciation Day 
5/15/2009 Hillsborough County Teacher Named Finalist for Teacher of the Year 
5/14/2009 Palm Beach County Teacher Named Finalist for Teacher of the Year 
5/14/2009 Statement by Commissioner Smith Regarding State Board Member Raulerson 
5/13/2009 Leon County Teacher Named Finalist for Teacher of the Year 
5/13/2009 Orange County Teacher Named Finalist for Teacher of the Year 
5/12/2009 Miami-Dade County Teacher Finalist for Teacher of the Year 
5/12/2009 Governor Crist Announces Boots to Books Web Site 
5/6/2009 Teacher Appreciation Week Discounts Now Available 
5/5/2009 Statements and Proclamation Regarding Teacher Appreciation Week 
5/4/2009 Florida Celebrates National Charter Schools Week 
4/30/2009 Department of Education Announces 2009 FCAT Writing Results 
4/27/2009 Governor Crist Unveils New Reading Technology for Florida’s Students and their Teachers 
4/22/2009 Department of Education Celebrates Earth Day with Recommended Reading List 
4/22/2009 Governor Crist Announces Green Schools Awards 
4/2/2009 Two Florida Schools Inducted Into the Prestigious Schools to Watch Program 
4/2/2009 Community College Month Kicks Off with Recognition of Florida’s Outstanding College System Students 
3/16/2009 Governor Crist Pledges Continued Commitment to Open Government 
3/16/2009 New Report Commissioned by Florida State Board of Education Provides Blueprint for State Response to Fiscal Crisis 
3/2/2009 AT&T Giving Program to Benefit Florida Education 
2/26/2009 Voluntary Prekindergarten Prepares More Students for Success in Key Learning Areas 
2/25/2009 Students “Power Up” for National School Breakfast Week 
2/4/2009 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith 
2/3/2009 Governor Crist Applauds Florida Community Colleges for Important Role in State Higher Education System, Economy 
2/2/2009 State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair to Serve on National Dropout Task Force 
1/31/2009 2009 Kids Weather Survival Week Poster and Essay Contest Winners Announced 
1/26/2009 Florida Leaders Celebrate National Mentoring Month 
1/26/2009 Department of Education Recommends Reading List for Black History Month 
1/15/2009 Department Of Education Recognizes the Top Reading School Districts in the State 
1/14/2009 Governor Crist Announces Winners of “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” Contest 
1/13/2009 Governor Crist, Department of Education Promote Troops to Teachers Program 
1/13/2009 Governor Crist Announces His Attendance to Today’s Troops to Teachers’ Event 
1/12/2009 Department of Education Celebrates Literacy 
1/7/2009 Florida Ranked Top Ten in the Nation in Education