Education

Nicole Poulin

What should a school do when parents don’t want their kids to take a standardized test?  Public school students across Florida are in the midst of testing season, and state law says the tests are mandatory; there’s no formal mechanism to “opt out.” But plenty of Florida parents are instructing their children to do just that.

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Recently, the Sun-Sentinel reported that the Broward County School District may have to return $23 million  in federal Title 1 funds. The story said the district improperly distributed those funds, according to an auditor-general report. 

Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie took issue with the report and had a letter published in the Sun-Sentinel challenging the story's claims.

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Next year’s state budget boasts what Governor Scott has called record funding for K-12 education. After deep cuts spurred by the Recession, per-pupil spending, known as FEFP, or Florida Education Finance Program has indeed hit a new high—but not when you account for inflation.

For Working Parents, Spring Break Is No Vacation

Mar 28, 2016
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Both Wanda Gomez’s sons thought the warm weather made it clear where they needed to spend a balmy afternoon last week.“They said, today’s a pool day, but like, we cannot go to pool, because...I have to work,” Gomez says. Such is spring break for a working single mother.

Community Groups Demand Action On School Discipline Reform

Mar 18, 2016
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Churches and community groups from around the city gathered in North Miami Monday night to demand public officials do more to reform discipline practices in local schools.

Digesting The Presidential Debates...In AP Government Class

Mar 11, 2016

In the past, teacher Kevin Mullin always told students that a strong ground game wins elections. Enter Donald Trump, Mullin says, “And we’ve been talking a lot about brokered conventions, and about the role of superdelegates.” Mullin, who teaches AP government at MAST Academy, a science-focused magnet school on Key Biscayne, says this year’s primary has given real-world context to scenarios that his students usually learn only for the sake of the AP exam.

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A man suspected of making bomb threats to two Palm Beach County high schools earlier this year was arrested in Georgia Tuesday. Palm Beach schools have already received more than twice as many violent threats this year as they did all of last school year.

Computer coding is the language that tells a computer what to do, but is it a foreign language? The Florida Senate has approved a bill saying yes; if it passes into law, high school students could substitute computer coding for required foreign language credits. It's an attempt to get more of the state's students into computer science classes.

New SAT To Debut On March 5

Feb 24, 2016
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The SAT is undergoing a big change, with a new version of it debuting in a few weeks.

One of the biggest changes that college-bound students can look forward to is the vocabulary section.

The current test contains words or language that you’re not likely to ever use or hear again. Case in point: “antediluvian” - meaning the period before the biblical flood.

The new one will contain more commonly used words to define.

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Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King was in Miami on Friday to launch a new national mentorship effort to reduce absenteeism in school. It’s part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative—a White House-supported project to close opportunity gaps among young men of color.

The mentoring initiative is a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Education. Miami is one of 10 launch cities. From the White House announcement:

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