Education

At-Risk Students
6:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Charter Schools Take Aim at At-Risk Students

The entrance to Enterprise High School, a charter school in Pinellas County for students at risk for not completing their educations.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 12:58 pm

Of the more than 600 charter schools in Florida. Some focus on the arts, some on sciences. Others are high schools that help students who are at risk for not finishing or dropping out completely.

At the crossroads of  busy four lane highway in Clearwater, students have to make their way through the noise and exhaust of heavy traffic to get to their high school classes.

Tucked in the back of of a strip mall is Enterprise High School. The 5-year-old charter school focuses on just one kind of student, those at risk for not finishing high school at all.

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Florida College System
7:51 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Former Miami Dade College Dean Picked To Lead Florida Colleges

New Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega.
Credit Take Stock In Children

A former dean at Miami Dade College has been chosen to lead the Florida College System.

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has chosen Madeline Pumariega to be chancellor of the state's system of community colleges.

Pumariega worked for more than a decade at Miami Dade College, including serving as dean of students at the Wolfson Campus. She has been the president and CEO of Take Stock in Children since 2013.
 

The statewide non-profit takes students at risk of dropping out of high school and helps them complete college.

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StateImpact Florida
8:07 am
Mon May 11, 2015

As Florida Reduces Testing, Teacher Evaluation Questions Remain

Broward Teachers Union president Sharon Glickman, with Broward County schools superintendent Robert Runcie, calling for changes to the teacher evaluation system in October.
Credit John O'Connor / WLRN

Florida lawmakers’ decision to end mandatory final exams for every class will mean that more teachers’ performance will be judged on subjects they don’t teach.

Concerned about the amount of testing in schools -- and pressured by activists and educators -- this year lawmakers rescinded a state law that requires school districts to have a standard final assessment in any class that doesn’t already have a statewide exam. In most cases that’s a test, but it could be a final project or compilation of a student’s work.

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Education
10:51 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

For-Profit Colleges Growing In Florida

Credit Miami Herald

This story is adapted from a Miami Herald investigation about for-profit colleges.

  While working as the assistant director of education at ATI Career Training Center’s Fort Lauderdale campus, Dulce Ramirez-Damon said she witnessed medical assistant classes taught by instructors who lacked a bachelor’s degree, and students who didn’t understand “where the vein was, or how to grab it.”

So Ramirez-Damon delivered this message to her family: If you’re ever at the hospital, make sure to ask where the person taking care of you went to school.

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Education
12:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

John Oliver Spends 18 Minutes Shredding Standardized Testing

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:33 pm

John Oliver spent 18 minutes taking on standardized testing, teacher evaluations and all things “accountability” related on his show, “Last Week Tonight.”

And, of course, Florida plays a starring role.

Warning: Salty language, off-color jokes and test monkeys ahead.

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Nutrition
11:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

In Miami-Dade, It Takes A Forest To Feed An Elementary School

Strawberry tree -- which doesn't grow strawberries -- is one of the fruit trees in the Kelsey Pharr Elementary School food forest.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden.

But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potatoes and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root.

On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field.

Now the school in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood has several thousand square feet of all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Some you can find at your supermarket.

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StateImpact Florida
9:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Explaining Florida's For-Profit College Industry

Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of Everest University, agreed to sell or close all its campuses. This campus in Boston has closed. Florida campuses were sold.
Credit Kirk Carapezza / WGBH

Miami Herald reporter Michael Vasquez has spent a year digging into Florida's for-profit college industry for a series called Higher Ed Hustle.

About 300,000 Florida students attend for-profit colleges, which often specialize in training low-skill workers for a new career.

But students often find their degree doesn't qualify for the career they were seeking, and they graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

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Testing
6:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Florida Standardized Testing Woes Continue

South Florida students were unable to access their exams Monday.
Credit Miami Herald

It seems neither Florida’s Department of Education nor its testing provider learned its lesson after standardized exams were thrown into chaos last month by technical glitches.

Once again, testing ground to a halt in South Florida schools Monday after students were unable to access the tests that may decide their educational future.

Once again, Florida education officials blamed the problems on last-minute changes to testing systems by contractor, American Institutes for Research.

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StateImpact Florida
12:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

New Broward College Program Wants To Train Young Artists And Designers

A storyboard created by Claudia Morell, a student in Broward College's Visual Arts and Design Academy.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A new program at Broward College has just eight students and seeks to train the next generation of South Florida artists and designers.

The school hopes to earn a national certification for the Visual Arts and Design Academy this spring – becoming the first community college in the South to have that.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Taking A Class At FIU With Professor Marco Rubio

A photo of Marco Rubio during the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.
Credit Michael Vadon / Flickr/Creative Commons

Marco Rubio will speak this afternoon at the historic Freedom Tower where he will share his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. During his time as Florida senator, he’s also held another title: Professor Rubio.

Abel Ramos Taype was 23 years old and a few electives short of graduating with a degree in international relations from Florida International University.

Upon looking for one of those final electives needed to graduate, an international relations course billed with two lecturers caught his eye.

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Education
12:01 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Required Financial Literacy Course Gets Second Chance in Florida Senate

The Florida Council on Economic Education says personal bankruptcies have increased 2200 percent in the last 40 years. That’s one reason why the council is leading a campaign called Require The Money Course.
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Bills filed in the Florida House and Senate would require high school students to take a one-semester financial literacy course. But with just three weeks left in the legislative session, the proposals (House bill 29 and Senate bill 92)  haven’t been discussed by committees.

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Education
8:36 am
Tue April 7, 2015

At The U, An MBA For The NFL

The University of Miami's Executive MBA for Professional Artists and Athletes attracted 20 former and 20 current NFL players.
Credit Kenny Malone

Grad student Torrey Smith didn’t really drink coffee before he started his master's in business administration at the University of Miami.

“Now I’ve had to try it a few times and step outside of my box because these long hours catch up to you,” the 26-year-old Smith says.

It’s not like Smith isn’t used to a high-stakes, rigorous schedule. He’s won a Super Bowl, caught 30 touchdown passes and just signed a $40 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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StateImpact Florida
9:18 am
Mon April 6, 2015

A Q & A With The University Of Florida's New President

W. Kent Fuchs is the new president of the University of Florida. During his time at Cornell University, he helped establish a New York City campus.
Credit Cornell University

Three months ago, W. Kent Fuchs became president of the University of Florida, leaving New York’s Cornell University.

Fuchs says Florida universities are adding new faculty, but opposition to higher tuition means more pressure to find private donations.

The University of Florida is also expanding a new online program with a goal of eventually enrolling 24,000 students.

Fuchs sat down with WLRN’s StateImpact Florida reporter John O’Connor to talk about the issues in higher education.

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Financial Education
3:07 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

College-Affiliated Bank Accounts Often Not A Good Deal For Students

Miami Dade College was singled out in a report critical of partnerships between colleges and banks. Students can pay hundreds of dollars a year in overdraft fees from banks. Often those banks have special partnerships with colleges or universities, but students can likely find as good or better deals on their own.
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The federal government should ban overdraft fees for financial accounts established through a partnership between banks and colleges and universities, according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending.

Those overdraft fees can cost students hundreds of dollars a year -- more than books -- on accounts often set up to handle financial aid payments.

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StateImpact Florida
10:59 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Despite Problems, Experts Say Computerized Testing Is The Answer For Florida Schools

Despite problems with Florida's new exam, testing experts say the state's emphasis on digital lessons mean schools should use computerized testing.
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Testing experts say so far Florida's problems with its new statewide exam, the Florida Standards Assessments, are likely not serious enough for the state to consider throwing out this year’s test scores.

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