Education

Florida Legislature
3:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Teachers May Receive Raises Sooner Than June 2014

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:04 am

Teachers might not have to wait another year for a raise after all.

Leaders in the Florida Legislature are working on a fix to the education budget that provides $480 million in raises for teachers and other school personnel.

But according to the budget, that money won’t be in paychecks until June 2014.

Lawmakers say a technical fix should get teachers their raises before next year.

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Community Contributor
8:45 am
Wed May 1, 2013

A Cancer Patient’s Quest For Purpose And The Pacific Ocean

Menasche: “I understood cancer would take my future as soon as I was diagnosed, but I didn’t understand it would take my past.”
Credit Photo provided

David Menasche is a light packer. Four days of clothes, basic toiletries, a voice recorder, a laptop and a cell phone are all he needs. Oh, and his red-tipped cane, to help him navigate now that he is almost completely blind.

His quest is heavy on purpose and light on itinerary. His goal: to see the Pacific Ocean before his vision is completely lost, and to visit as many of his former students as possible along the way.

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Politics
10:43 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Lawmakers, Gov. Scott Compromise On Teacher Raises

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:52 am

Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott reached a compromise on $480 million in raises for teachers and other school workers.

The raises are part of a $74 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Districts will have flexibility in how the money is awarded based on local collective bargaining agreements.

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Community Contributor
8:27 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami

A woman escorts her two daughters to Orchid Villa School in Miami during desegregation.

I was born in Nashville and spent the first four years of my life in Tuskegee, Ala.

My father, Dr. John O. Brown Sr., moved to Miami in 1955 to begin his practice in ophthalmology. To this day, I'm glad he did.

We had neighbors who were white and black. Our next-door neighbor was an older white lady who inspired my mother's love for growing orchids and my brother's passion for collecting butterflies.

I attended schools -- Jackson's Toddle Inn and Floral Heights -- that were all black. I remember those as happy years.

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Common Core
10:52 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

New Yorkers Sound Off On New Common Core Tests

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:03 pm

A professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University has set up a website to allow New York students, parents and educators to post comments about the new state English language arts test.

The tests are now tied to Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states — including Florida. New York students have been taking the exams for the first over the last few weeks.

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Online Education
4:33 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Florida Investigates Teacher Certification At Online Giant K12

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 10:52 pm

An inquiry by the Florida Department of Education’s Inspector General found that online educator K12 Inc. employed three teachers in Florida who lacked proper certification to teach some subjects, according to a draft report.

Virginia-based K12 is the nation’s largest operator of online schools. K12 operates in 43 Florida school districts, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Orange and Duval counties.

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Secondary Education
10:29 am
Mon April 22, 2013

How Florida High School Graduation Requirements Will Change

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 7:58 am

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to sign an education bill which changes high school graduation requirements, expands career education options and creates new elementary and middle school computer training programs.

The most significant change is to high school graduation requirements. For students beginning high school in the 2013-2014 school, the bill will eliminate some required math and science courses while allowing students to substitute career training for math and science requirements.

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Community Contributor
8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Retired Teacher Says Armed Educators Will Keep Children Safe

Retired teacher Evelyn Stahl says arming teachers will help prevent school shootings.
Credit Photo provided

When a mentally ill person entered a Connecticut school and slaughtered children and teachers, it was the last straw for some people. In this ultra liberal, politically correct climate in which we find ourselves today, the immediate outcry was to ban this and ban that. The very thought that teachers should not have the right to defend themselves and their pupils is laughable.

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Earth Day
3:30 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Student Eco Film Comes Full Circle Via Miami Nature Center

Bertha Vazquez

“When you contaminate the water, you contaminate yourself,” explains science teacher Bertha Vazquez to her students at Miami’s George Washington Carver Middle School. “You’re part of an ecosystem.”

Since 1991, Vazquez has taught students what they can do to save the planet through an integrated curriculum that weaves together science, human behavior and facts about climate change.

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Education
11:02 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Q&A: Teacher's Union Chief Questions Pace Of Transition To New Standards

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:34 pm

Florida is working toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year.

The standards set benchmarks for each grade level. And instead of learning a little bit about a lot of things, students will be expected to absorb a lot of information about fewer subjects.

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says Florida’s transition to Common Core is on schedule.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Lawsuit Claims Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 1:11 pm

The Florida Education Association and National Education Association filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s teacher evaluation system.

The system was created under a law passed in 2011 known as Senate Bill 736.

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Schools
8:05 am
Wed April 17, 2013

WLRN Town Hall: How Can We Increase Parent Participation In Schools?

The WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall meeting in February yielded hundreds of questions from listeners on a range of topics, including education.
Credit Gina Jordan/WLRN

Education was a hot topic at the WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall meeting in February.

Only a small portion of the questions that came in were asked during the panel discussion. But we're working to get as many answered as possible.

Deborah Nix from Delray Beach wanted to know:

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Common Core
5:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Florida Board Of Education To Meet; Common Core, Teacher Pay Top Agenda

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:37 pm

Will Florida need a ‘Plan B’ test for new standards set to hit state schools in 2014? And if not, will school have the computers and bandwidth necessary for the online tests?

That’s just one item on tomorrow’s State Board of Education agenda.

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Common Core
4:04 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Resignation Letter That Has Common Core Critics Talking

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:00 am

As the spring semester winds down around the country, one teacher, Gerald Conti, is not going quietly.

Conti is retiring from Westhill High School in Syracuse, NY at the end of this school year and his resignation letter has become a manifesto for critics of the Common Core.

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Common Core
4:28 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Website Tracks School Progress On Implementing New Education Standards

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:58 am

The State Board of Education will get an update next week on Florida’s next education standards, the Common Core State Standards.

The meeting will include information about the technology needed to implement the new assessments that are scheduled to begin in early 2015.

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