Education

Education
3:10 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Plans For Implementing Common Core Standards In Florida Coming Next Week

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 1:16 pm

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he will have more information next week about plans for implementing new education standards known as Common Core.

The State Board of Education is meeting next week.

“We have rolled out a very aggressive implementation plan,” Bennett said. “We know that we have to be fully implemented and prepared to teach and assess these standards in 2014-15.”

Florida and 45 other states are transitioning to Common Core.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Patricia Levesque Is A Powerful Force Behind School Choice In Florida

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 10:10 am

Patricia Levesque runs two foundations created by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the Foundation for Florida’s Future and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

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Education
9:54 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Parents Seek To Unite Florida's Education Activists

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:56 am

A loose-knit network of education activists generally opposed to the direction Florida has been taking its schools recently is attempting to organize into a more potent political force.

The groups include parents, people who want more state funding for schools, and others who are fed up with the brand of testing-based school accountability that Florida has become famous for. Under the umbrella of the Alliance for Public Schools, they are hoping to bolster their fundraising capacity and step up their efforts to influence legislation at the statehouse.

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Education
12:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

More Than Half of Black and Hispanic Students Will No Longer Qualify For Bright Futures Scholarships

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 10:31 am

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Education
2:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

New Education Standards Turn Librarians Into Digital Media Specialists

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:43 am

Sara LaBarbera is teaching 6th graders at Walker Middle School near Tampa how to research poets using an online library.

One student, working on a series of questions about a Lewis Carroll poem, asks LaBarbera for help. He has the pieces, but doesn’t quite know how to put them together.

LaBarbera knows how to ask the right questions.

“Alice seems, like, sad or depressed and the White Knight tries to cheer her up by singing her a song,” the student says of the poem.

“OK, so is it a poem that is telling you a story?” LaBarbera asks.

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Education, Health Care
12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Business Group Says Health Care Expansion Threatens Education Funding

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 10:25 am

A business advocacy group is running television ads that say Florida might have to cut education funding if the state expands Medicaid health coverage.

The National Federation of Independent Business has also set up a website — FloridaCanDoBetter.com.

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Parent Trigger
4:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Parent Trigger Supporters Try To Debunk 'Misconceptions' About The Bill

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:17 pm

Supporters of the parent trigger bill held a briefing with reporters today near the Capitol.

The briefing was hosted by Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. The foundation was created by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

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Session 2013
12:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Like Father, Like Daughter: School Board Member on Education Priorities

Raquel Regalado
Credit http://district6.dadeschools.net/
  • An ambitious Miami-Dade school board member--who happens to be daughter of Miami's mayor--talks up education priorities for state lawmakers. What Raquel Regalado has to say about teacher raises, charter schools and the transition away from F-CAT's.

     

It's all in the family. 

Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado grew up listening to her father Tomás host one of Miami's most popular radio talk shows. She watched as her famous dad won a spot on the Miami City Commission, and eventually become mayor in 2009. 

Now, she's got a high-profile job of her own, and may be following in dad's footsteps.

The younger Regalado hosts her own Spanish-language radio program on La Poderosa, 670 AM, and was elected in 2010 to represent district 6 on the Miami-Dade School Board. 

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Education
7:01 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Referendum Would Give Miami Dade College A Half-Cent Tax

Miami Dade College would benefit from a proposed half-cent tax.
Credit Photo from Miami Dade College's Facebook page

Lonnie Robinson fell on hard times in the early 80s with drugs and alcohol. Addiction kept him out of college for decades, and he found himself living under a bridge. During the day, Robinson found solace at a Miami Dade College library in Liberty City, where a reading program changed the future course of his life. He graduated from the college in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

"No other college would accept me," said Robinson, who’s 59. Today, Robinson visits the same library daily, where he hopes to mentor and inspire younger students.

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Education
2:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

From Alien to Citizen

Courtesy of Chuck Felix / Freedigitalphotos.net
  • Ruth Morris's experiences as an immigration beat reporter have colored her vision of what it means to transition from immigrant to American. She tells WLRN that an unlikely event renewed her faith in what it means to be an American and the opportunity it provides.

Immigration officials say there is an often an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. citizenship before a presidential election.

Former Under the Sun producer Ruth Morris is one of those immigrants who wants to become a citizen. For three years, Morris covered South Florida immigration, a beat that can earn you a slew of angry emails.  It can also make you cynical, according to Morris. Some of her readers got angry when she used the term “undocumented workers.” They preferred “illegal aliens.”

 

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Teacher Evaluations
8:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How Florida's Senate President Would Change Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:02 pm

Florida’s Senate President says the state’s teacher evaluation system is confusing and should be reworked so teacher ratings more closely match those of the schools they work in.

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Testing In Schools
7:11 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Florida Students Will Spend At Least Eight Hours A Year Taking New Standardized Test

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 8:39 am

Third grade students will spend at least eight hours a year taking Florida’s next standardized test, with high school juniors will spend nearly 10 hours to complete the new online standardized test.

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Climate Change In Florida Schools
11:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Florida Not Among States Expected To Teach Students About Climate Change

Florida isn't on the list of 26 states expected to adopt new science education standards that include lessons on climate change.
Credit katalicia1 / Flickr Creative Commons

More than two dozen states are expected to adopt new national science education standards that include teaching children as young as elementary school about the effects of climate change. Florida was not among the 26 states that helped to "provide leadership" during the development stage of the Next Generation Science Standards, and it is unclear if it is among the roughly 15 states "that have indicated they may accept them," according to Inside Climate News

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Education Funding
8:10 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Three Questions About Sequestration And Federal Budget Cuts For Head Start In Florida

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 3:04 pm

March 1 is the deadline for Congress to strike a budget deal or a series of automatic spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over a decade takes effect.

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Class Size Limits
6:47 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Why South Florida Schools Lose Millions In Funding To Class Size Limit Penalties

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:06 pm

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