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Florida's top education officials have high praise for Pasco schools



Pas_commish120409_a_97035d Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith and K-12 chancellor Frances Haithcock positively effused over Pasco schools during a Thursday visit to Oakstead Elementary and Sunlake High.

They listened to students, parents and educators talk about how they're implementing Response to Intervention strategies and learned that some of Pasco schools are already doing what's just in conversation stages at the state level.

They heard about how kids make connections to the world using Skype, Moodle, blogs and other technology that folks their age never dreamed of while in school.

On campus tours, they were impressed by the way teachers used interactive lessons to get students deep into the state curriculum in meaningful ways. "I love math when you can eat it at the end," Smith declared after watching students solve problems with candy corn and marshmallows.

"We need to get out and see where it's done right," Haithcock said, observing that she's had to visit too many Intervene schools lately. "This gives me hope. I had the best time."

"I had the best time," Smith retorted, laughing. "We'll have to argue about it on the way back to Tallahassee."

(Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:43am]


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