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2010 Press Releases

Date Press Releases
12/27/2010 DOE Celebrates Five Years of VPK with Special Podcast 
12/20/2010 Department of Education Launches New Web Tool for Teachers 
12/20/2010 Florida Education Foundation Raises $35,000 for Top Students 
12/16/2010 Dr. Carlo Rodriguez Champion of School Choice Award Winners Recognized 
12/16/2010 Literacy League Featuring Adrian Fogelin Now Available for Download 
12/15/2010 Department of Education Selects 27 Stakeholders to Develop Florida’s Student Growth Measure 
12/9/2010 Department of Education Launches New Web Tool for Parents 
12/8/2010 Cool eco-Volunteer Science Program…Plants Florida Middle School Students in the State Parks! 
12/7/2010 Florida High School Performance Reaches All-Time High 
12/3/2010 Department of Education Announces First Teacher Treasures Contest Winner 
12/3/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Ron Blocker named as the 2011 Florida Superintendent of the Year 
11/30/2010 State Education Chiefs form "Chiefs for Change" 
11/29/2010 2010 Holiday Reading List Highlights Festive Season 
11/29/2010 To The Core Podcast Features Equipment for Students with Disabilities 
11/19/2010 Florida Student Wins National School Bus Safety Poster Contest 
11/18/2010 Five Years and Counting: Florida’s Graduation Rate Continues Rising 
11/17/2010 Florida Colleges Chancellor Presents Best Practice Awards 
11/17/2010 Parent Resources Readily Available Statewide 
11/17/2010 Statements By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair and Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding State Board Member Susan Story’s Resignation 
11/17/2010 Department of Education Announces Finalists for Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Awards 
11/16/2010 Florida’s Blue Ribbon Schools Honored at Ceremony in Washington D.C. 
11/16/2010 Commissioner’s Teacher Task Force Discusses Race to the Top Efforts 
11/10/2010 “Teacher Talk” Revived on Florida Knowledge Network 
11/10/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Observance of Veterans Day 
11/10/2010 2010 Florida Charter School Conference Gathers Educators from Across the State 
11/10/2010 Literacy League Featuring Edward Bloor Now Available for Download 
11/8/2010 Florida's Race to the Top Picks Up Speed 
11/8/2010 Surprise! Panama City Teacher Receives $25,000 National Milken Educator Award 
11/4/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Welcoming Governor-elect Rick Scott to Florida’s Education Community 
11/4/2010 Department of Education Announces New Monthly Contest for Teachers 
11/1/2010 Education Department Commemorates 35 Years of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
10/29/2010 Educators Offered Discounted Tickets to see Florida NFL Teams in Action 
10/28/2010 Florida Rolls Out Nation’s First Common Core-Based College Readiness Test 
10/28/2010 CollegeWeekLive FALL Will Host Eighteen Florida Higher Education Institutions 
10/26/2010 Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Florida Policy Options Town Hall Meeting on Accelerating Latino Student Success in Higher Education 
10/22/2010 Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith: Regarding the Council on Great City Schools National Town Hall Meeting on Black Male Achievement 
10/22/2010 Department of Education Infuses Energy Curriculum into Classrooms 
10/21/2010 Florida Exceptional Education Chief to Serve as National Association President 
10/19/2010 Education Commissioner Names Florida’s First-Ever District Data Leader of the Year 
10/15/2010 State Board of Education Chairman Receives National Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education 
10/14/2010 School Bus Safety Week Kicks Off with Announcement of Statewide Poster Winners 
10/13/2010 Department of Education Seeks Feedback on Educator Accomplished Practices 
10/13/2010 DEP Announces Five Winners for Governor's Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 
10/12/2010 Education Commissioner Meets with Business Leaders about Closing Florida’s Talent Gap 
10/11/2010 Governor Crist Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winners 
10/7/2010 Education Leaders Help Local Students “Read for the Record” 
10/4/2010 U.S. Education Department Awards Grants to Improve Assessments for Students with Disabilities  
10/1/2010 Department of Education Names New Teacher Liaison 
10/1/2010 Governor Crist Announces 2010 Fitness Challenge School Winners 
9/29/2010 PARCC Awarded Additional Race to the Top Funds for State Transition to Common Core State Standards and Common Assessments 
9/24/2010 DEP Announces Fifteen Finalists for the 2010 Governor's Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards 
9/23/2010 Department of Education’s College & Career Day Dubbed a Major Success 
9/21/2010 State Board of Education Receives Critical Updates on Key Education Issues 
9/21/2010 New State School Improvement Experts Eager to Build on Progress of their Predecessors 
9/20/2010 Department of Education Seeks Volunteers for Race to the Top Efforts 
9/17/2010 Florida Schools Pay Tribute to Freedom and Independence 
9/16/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding 2010 National Arts in Education Week 
9/16/2010 Department of Education Announces 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List 
9/15/2010 Florida Department of Education Announces District Data Leader Finalists 
9/15/2010 “What’s Working” Meeting Series Kicks off with Valuable Input from Stakeholders 
9/15/2010 Florida Students Encouraged to Celebrate School Breakfast Week 
9/13/2010 Florida's SAT and AP Results Highlight Stunning Progress 
9/10/2010 Department of Education to Debut What’s Working Series 
9/8/2010 Lt Governor Encourages Families to Share Love of Reading and Nature Year-Round 
9/6/2010 State Officials: This Year’s ‘State University System Admissions Tour’ May Break Attendance Records 
9/2/2010 Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Additional Race to the Top Funds for Florida  
9/2/2010 U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan Announces Winners of Competition to Improve Student Assessments  
9/2/2010 Literacy League Announces Fall Book Selections 
9/1/2010 Celebrate September as Florida Literacy Month in a State Park 
8/30/2010 Governor Crist Invites Floridians to Participate in Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Teacher Contests 
8/26/2010 DOE Seeks Feedback for Teaching and Leadership Workshops 
8/24/2010 Statement by Governor Charlie Crist and Commissioner Eric Smith Regarding Florida's Being Named a Winner in Phase II of Race to the Top 
8/23/2010 Statement by: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding the Retirement of Florida College System Chancellor Dr. Willis Holcombe 
8/16/2010 DOE Partners with Florida NFL Teams to Cheer on Education 
8/12/2010 Florida Schools Selected for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program 
8/11/2010 State Board of Education Launches Series to Discuss Effective Teaching and Leadership 
8/11/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Florida’s finalist presentation for Phase 2 of the Race to the Top Competition 
8/11/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Achieve survey on preparing high school graduates for college or career 
8/9/2010 Department of Education Recognizes Teacher of the Year Partners 
8/6/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith regarding the release of 2010 School Grades 
8/4/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith regarding the results of the additional independent audits of 2010 FCAT scores 
7/29/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding today’s meeting with school district officials on preliminary FCAT audit data 
7/28/2010 Education Commissioner Smith Concludes Informative Visit with Panhandle School Districts 
7/27/2010 Governor Crist Announces Delegation for Race to the Top Phase 2 Competition 
7/27/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding adoption of the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics 
7/23/2010 Statement by Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding second request for liquidated damages for FCAT delays 
7/21/2010 Statement by Commissioner Smith Regarding Fordham’s Report on State and National Curriculum Standards 
7/19/2010 Department of Education and Florida PTA Announce Parental Involvement Awards 
7/13/2010 New Class Size Web Page Provides Information on Florida’s Class Size History 
7/9/2010 Participation in Commissioner's Summer Reading Adventure Soars 
7/9/2010 Commissioner Smith Announces Cheryl Conley as the 2011 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year 
7/8/2010 Literacy League Featuring Laurel Snyder Now Available for Download 
7/7/2010 State Board of Education Chairman Receives National Honor for Service 
7/2/2010 Okaloosa School District Promotes Academic Excellence Through Innovative Programs 
6/29/2010 Department of Education Announces 2010 FCAT Reading, Mathematics, Science and Writing Results 
6/28/2010 Florida College System Tops National Rankings for Eighth Straight Year 
6/25/2010 Department of Education Announces New FCAT Website 
6/24/2010 Florida Department of Education Announces New Content Available on iTunes U 
6/24/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding initial request for Liquidated Damages for FCAT delays 
6/23/2010 PARCC Submits Application for Race to the Top Assessment Funds 
6/18/2010 Florida’s Top Education Business Partners Announced 
6/16/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding school district side agreements for the Race to the Top competition 
6/16/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding FCAT discussion during yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting 
6/16/2010 Florida College System Announces Task Force on the Future of Academic Libraries 
6/14/2010 Florida College System Welcomes New Presidents 
6/11/2010 College of Central Florida Student Wins FACTS.org 10th Anniversary Laptop 
6/9/2010 Summertime Reading Takes to the Outdoors 
6/9/2010 Florida Teacher Receives National American Civic Education Teacher Award 
6/8/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding delays in the reporting of 2010 FCAT results 
6/7/2010 Department of Education Announces 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year 
6/2/2010 Florida Department of Education Announces District Data Leader of the Year Award Program 
6/2/2010 National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs Launch Common State Academic Standards 
6/1/2010 Governor Crist Celebrates Race to the Top Phase 2 Application 
5/28/2010 Department of Education Recognizes Finalists for the 2010 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year 
5/27/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Regarding 2010 3rd Grade Reading and Mathematics FCAT Results 
5/25/2010 Department of Education Launches Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure in Partnership with Department of State 
5/21/2010 Florida Awarded Grant For $10 Million For Data Systems 
5/20/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding visits to Key West schools 
5/20/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Miami-Dade’s 2009 National Reading Results 
5/19/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding visit to Holmes Elementary School and Dr. Henry Mack/West Little River Elementary School in Dade County 
5/18/2010 State Board of Education Recognizes Distinguished Title I Schools 
5/17/2010 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices Now Available for Public Review 
5/13/2010 Florida’s 2010 Literacy Awards Announced 
5/10/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding visit to Crossroad Academy Charter School in Gadsden County 
5/7/2010 Teacher of the Year Finalist From Dade Received Magical Thank You from Macy’s! 
5/7/2010 State Board of Education Continues National Charter Schools Week Celebration 
5/6/2010 Teacher of the Year Finalist From Broward Received Magical Thank You from Macy’s! 
5/5/2010 New Placement Test Designed to Help Florida Increase College Graduation Rates 
5/5/2010 Florida Colleges Seek $103 Million to Boost Broadband Access 
5/5/2010 Teacher of the Year Finalist From Indian River Received Magical Thank You from Macy’s! 
5/4/2010 Teacher of the Year Finalist From Duval Received Magical Thank You from Macy’s! 
5/4/2010 Teacher of the Year Finalist From Nassau Received Magical Thank You from Macy’s! 
5/4/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Florida’s 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars 
5/3/2010 State Board of Education Members Recognize National Charter Schools Week 
4/29/2010 Thousands of Students Benefit from Florida’s First Virtual Career Fair on STEM 
4/15/2010 Laurel Snyder’s Book “Any Which Wall” Featured as Next Literacy League Book Selection 
4/14/2010 Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards Goes Paperless to Reduce Waste and Promote Eco-Friendly Initiative 
4/13/2010 Literacy League Author Series Now Available on iTunes U 
4/12/2010 Florida Departments of Agriculture and Education Join Florida Dairy Farmers and NFL to Improve Health and Wellness in Florida Schools 
4/9/2010 Florida College System Recognizes Outstanding Students 
3/29/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Race to the Top 
3/26/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding a Summary of the Strategic Direction of Education in Florida 
3/25/2010 Florida’s VPK Students are Better Prepared for Success in Kindergarten 
3/24/2010 National Assessment Results Showcase Florida’s Long-Term Reading Successes 
3/24/2010 Outstanding School Leaders Honored 
3/23/2010 Student Essays Win Two Florida Schools $50,000 
3/22/2010 State Board of Education Awarded Grant to Improve School Health Policies on HIV and AIDS 
3/18/2010 Facts.org Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Florida Students and Families 
3/16/2010 Governor Crist Emphasizes Commitment to Transparent, Accessible Government During Sunshine Week Celebration 
3/12/2010 Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Tuesday’s Race to the Top Presentation in Washington, D.C. 
3/12/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Pi Day and the importance of mathematics 
3/10/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Release of Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts and Math 
3/9/2010 Governor Crist Appoints Three to the State Board of Education 
3/4/2010 Florida Announced as Finalist in $4.35-Billion Race to the Top Competition 
3/1/2010 CollegeWeekLive Florida Day Connects High School Students Around the World with Florida Colleges and Universities 
2/24/2010 Governor Crist Commemorates Black History Month, Honors Student and Teacher Contest Winners 
2/19/2010 Education Commissioner to Attend Sarasota School Board Meeting 
2/18/2010 Department of Education Celebrates Career and Technical Education Programs 
2/17/2010 To the Core Series Brings Tallahassee to the Teacher’s Lounge 
2/12/2010 Florida’s Elected Officials Applaud the Benefits of Career and Technical Education Courses 
2/12/2010 Famous Children’s Author R.L. Stine Hosts Storycontest Winners at Spell Binding Student Breakfast 
2/11/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding proposed legislation to improve Florida Tax Credit Scholarships for low-income students 
2/10/2010 Nonprofit Blind Services Organization Selects Florida Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith For Their “Visionary Leadership Award” 
2/10/2010 Florida Graduating Seniors’ Performance Climbs To Fifth in Advanced Placement 
2/4/2010 Florida Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month 
2/3/2010 Governor Crist Applauds Florida's Colleges for their Role in Economic Recovery 
2/3/2010 Department of Education Encourages Students to “Go Higher-Get Accepted” 
2/3/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding Proposed Legislation to Modify Class Size Requirements 
2/2/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Proposed Legislation to Modify Class Size Requirements 
2/2/2010 Governor Crist Invites Students to Participate in Sunshine Week Essay Contest 
2/1/2010 Florida Celebrates National School Counseling Week 
1/29/2010 Governor Crist’s 2010-11 Education Budget Recommendations Provide Essential Support for Florida Schools and Colleges 
1/29/2010 Simon Malls in Florida Promote Literacy at “Book Blast” in Partnership with the Florida Department of Education 
1/29/2010 Interactive Book Club Kicks Off with Author Julianna Baggott 
1/28/2010 Renowned Author Celebrates Literacy with Leon County Students 
1/27/2010 Law Enforcement Officers Partner to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 
1/26/2010 Department of Education Partners with State Agencies to Celebrate Literacy, Florida! 
1/25/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding Governor Crist’s 2010-11 Proposed Pre-K-12 Budget 
1/25/2010 Governor Crist Unveils Record $22.7-Billion Proposed Budget for Pre-K-12 Education 
1/25/2010 Lt. Governor Celebrates Literacy 
1/22/2010 T. Willard Fair to Serve on National Task Force On Education and the Military 
1/21/2010 Department of Education Celebrates Literacy with Recommended Reading List 
1/20/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding State Board of Education member Linda Taylor’s dedicated service to the students of Florida 
1/19/2010 Florida Colleges Plan to Build on Year of Steady Successes 
1/15/2010 Attorney General Certifies Florida's Application for Federal Education Funding 
1/14/2010 Florida's Education Progress Continues with 8th Place National Ranking 
1/14/2010 Governor Crist Calls for Strengthening Florida's Talent Supply Chain  
1/13/2010 SunTrust Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Volunteer USA to Launch What’s on the Menu? Financial Education Program for Families 
1/13/2010 Florida’s Efforts to Win Race To The Top Competition Bolstered by Strong District Support 
1/12/2010 Florida’s Teacher of the Year in the Running for National Honor 
1/12/2010 Statement By: State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair Regarding Teacher Union Opposition to Race to the Top 
1/8/2010 Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Education Stakeholder Support for Race to the Top Competition 
1/8/2010 Top Florida Educators Discuss Quality Teaching at Inaugural Task Force Meeting 
1/6/2010 Kindergarten Students are Better Prepared to Enter School 
1/6/2010 Florida Department of Education’s Year in Review