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STEM2 Forum

There’s a new initiative in Jacksonville focused on science, technology, engineering, math and medical programs.

The new STEM2 Hub, and an upcoming STEM2 Forum, are designed to help more students succeed.

Over the past decade, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs.

Momentum will continue over the next decade as STEM jobs will grow at a staggering rate of 17 percent.

Over the past decade, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs. The Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub is a new entity solely dedicated to accelerating the growth of STEM initiatives in the Northeast Florida region. We discuss this new push with Gary Chartrand, outgoing Florida Board of Education chairman.

Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Thomas Brott joins us with information about the Clinic's CREST-2 trial studying stroke prevention and treatment. May is Stroke Awareness Month.

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Gary Chartrand is the chairman of the Florida Board of Education, executive chairman of Acosta and a First Coast resident.

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Governor Rick Scott made a school funding announcement of historic proportions this week.

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For the past few years, the state’s class-size amendment has been a bone of contention among school officials as rules on class-size limits have become more rigid and penalties more hefty.

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Chartrand speaks on Stewart appointment: Florida State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand says the experience of newly appointed Education Commissioner Pam Stewart as a two-time interim commissioner has prepared her to take the title permanently.

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Today is Pam Stewart’s first day on the job as Florida’s new education commissioner. Stewart had served in that position an interim capacity since August when then commissioner Tony Bennett unexpectedly resigned. 

Tuesday, the state Board of Education hired Stewart as Bennett’s permanent replacement. WJCT's Cyd Hoskinson spoke Wednesday with board chair and Jacksonville businessman Gary Chartrand.

The sudden departure of Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett last week appears unlikely to disrupt the trajectory of public education in the state.

School grades are due out later this summer in Florida, and superintendents statewide have raised concerns about tougher grading standards and how they'll affect the rankings of their districts' schools.

In response, the State Board of Education is forming a task force to consider possible short- and long-term changes to the system.

Florida Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand requested the task force.