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Last spring, Miami-Dade students at 10 schools planted new food forests -- large gardens filled with kale, tomatoes, passion fruit and more.

Some of those crops are ready now, and giving away what’s grown in the garden has become a big weekly event.

At Twin Lakes Elementary School  in Hialeah, students listen as their teacher tells them how to find a sweet potato.

“So this is the leaf we’re looking for," she tells them. "You follow the vine to the root. And then you harvest your sweet potato. OK?”

Right now, school districts in Florida are pretty simple. One county; one school district.

But Florida lawmakers have proposed a constitutional amendment that could reshape school districts across the state.

The bill from Pinellas County Sen. Jeff Brandes and Lee County Representative Matt Caldwell could make things more complicated.

The proposal would allow the legislature to disband some school districts, while allowing cities, counties and others to create new school districts.

Students at the abruptly closed Dade Medical College campuses were told Monday that they could be getting training from teachers at another program, possibly from another for-profit school, the Miami Herald reports.

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One of the most influential voices in public broadcasting has a message for University of Miami students: “Get involved!”

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger visited the university as part of the School of Communication’s annual “Conversation” series.

During her discussion on the role of public media in the digital age, Kerger’s biggest piece of advice to students is to get involved in the community as citizens and volunteers.

Sarah Bennet, a public relations student, says she felt very inspired after Kerger’s talk.

Dade Medical College Closes All 6 Campuses Statewide

Nov 2, 2015

Dade Medical College has closed all six of its campuses statewide.

The closure also affects its affiliate school, the University of Southernmost Florida.

An appeals court ruled Friday that state universities are allowed to ban students from having guns in their dorm rooms.

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Recently, President Barack Obama admitted he’d made a mistake when it came to public schools.

Like most people with big news to share – he posted it on Facebook.

"I also hear from parents who, rightly, worry about too much testing,” Obama said in a video posted to the White House's Facebook page.

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A new study finds students learn less at online charter schools than they do at traditional schools -- and the problem is even worse for Florida students.

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Miami-Dade students improved their scores on two of four national reading and math exams, even as scores dropped nationally.

The results are from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP -- also known as the "nation's report card." The test is given every two years in math and reading to fourth and eighth grade students.

The U.S. average scores dropped on each of the four exams -- with the greatest declines in eighth grade reading and math.

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Eighth grade is the worst.

That’s when students spend the most time on standardized tests -- more than four full school days.

That's according to a new, nationwide school district survey of testing from the Council of Great City Schools, a nonprofit education research and advocacy group. The survey found that most students spend between 20 and 25 hours a year on standardized tests.