Education

Public Insight Network
6:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

What Florida Students, Teachers And Parents Think About Remedial Education

Shakira Lockett says in high school she typically earned As and Bs in her English classes. But at Miami Dade College, she had to take remedial courses in math, reading and writing.
Credit Sagette Van Embden / Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The series on remedial education exposed what some in the public school system at the secondary and college level already knew: that many students are graduating from high school unprepared for college. 

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13th Grade
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Adding Up The Cost Of Remedial College Courses

Remedial courses cost students and schools money. And the need for remedial courses makes it less likely students complete their studies -- and likely boost their earnings.
Credit Thomas Hawk/ Flickr

Students and Florida taxpayers pay a price for remedial education in several ways

From 2004 to 2011, Florida’s remedial education costs for both students and schools ballooned from $118 million to $168 million. At the same time, statecollege funding has declined $544 million since 2007, causing tuition increases and creating a greater need for publicly funded financial aid.

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Florida Education Commissioner
12:49 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

'Rock Star' Educator Who Follows Jeb Bush Picked For Florida Education Commissioner

NEW EDUCATION CHIEF: Tony Bennett of Indiana was the unanimous choice to become Florida's next education commissioner.

Florida has chosen a follower of Jeb Bush education theory from Indiana to be its next education commissioner.

Tony Bennett is serving out his term as Indiana's superintendent of public instruction after a re-election defeat.  In Florida, he'll replace Gerard Robinson, who resigned months ago after only a year in office.

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Jeb Bush
12:46 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Experts Are Taking Another Look At Jeb Bush's Education Cred

Experts say that Jeb Bush's education gains in Florida deserve stricter scrutiny.
Credit World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been riding a wave of popularity in the last few years. Members of the Republican Party have been clamoring for him to seek higher office as he travels around the country taking on some of the more extreme positions recently taken by members of his party.

Among his credentials, which are currently prompting all the focus, is his popularity with the Latino community and his credentials as a successful education policy innovator.

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Higher Ed
12:30 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Why Rick Scott's $10k Challenge For Colleges Might Be A Gamble

Scott is challenging colleges to find a bachelor's degree program that costs $10,000 or less.
Credit JaxStrong /Flickr

Gov. Rick Scott issued a challenge to colleges all over the state asking them to find a way to offer a bachelor's degree program that costs no more than $10,000 for all four years.

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Student Debt
1:47 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Florida Educator: School Tuition Isn't Necessarily What Drives Student Debt

Dr. Ed Moore compiled data showing student loan debt is usually worth it for those who get a degree.
Credit Gina Jordan

The average student loan debt for new graduates last year was more than $26 thousand.

A leading Florida educator compiled data showing most students end up owing less than $20 thousand for a degree that will give them greater earning power.

“People with college degrees make more money than people without college degrees in their lifetime,” Dr. Ed Moore says. “People with college degrees are more likely in this kind of economy to be employed.”

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Education
12:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Jeb Bush's Guy And Jeb Bush's Policies Are Voted Down In Indiana and Idaho

Opponents: Democrat Glenda Ritz is Indiana's new Superintendent of Public Instruction. She defeated Jeb Bush ally Tony Bennett, right.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suffered long-distance electoral defeats in Indiana and Idaho on Tuesday.

In Indiana, the state's top education official -- a Bush ally and top lieutenant in his education foundation -- was defeated by a Democratic challenger. And, in Idaho, voters repealed three controversial education laws that bore the Bush seal of approval.

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Foreign Students
9:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Top 5 Countries Florida's International College Students Come From

Florida ranks seventh in the country for the number of foreign college students.
Credit KAETIDH / FLICKR

 

Saudi Arabia and South Korea are among the top 5 leading places of origin for international college and university students in Florida.

That's according to the Institute for International Education, which released its Open Doors fact sheet today.

It reports that during the 2011-12 school year, 32,567 students from other countries enrolled for the first time in a Florida college or university. 

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School Construction
10:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

What A Makeover For Miami-Dade Schools Will Look Like

School construction and renovations in Miami-Dade schools can start as early as June 2013.
Credit jphilipg / FLICKR

Miami-Dade voters have approved a $1.2 billion bond referendum to improve public school infrastructure and access to technology.

Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho proposed the measure back in August.

Carvalho has said the bond would establish a "technology baseline" for Miami-Dade schools—so that all schools have at least a minimum number of computers, for example. 

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Paying For College
1:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

How Tuition Menu Could Lure Florida Students Into Math/Tech Careers

Tuition Idea: Should dancers pay more than engineers for their degrees?

Under a higher education plan now developing in Florida, you’d pay a lot more for a standard liberal arts degree than for one in science or the technologies.

It's Gov. Rick Scott's way of encouraging people to study for high-demand, economy-building careers.

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Education
4:07 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

How WLRN Talked Education With 17 Million People

Sarah Gon­za­lez of WLRN's StateIm­pact Florida, Michel Mar­tin of NPR's Tell Me More and John O’Connor, also of StateIm­pact Florida, at the Octo­ber 10 Twit­ter Edu­ca­tion Forum at WLRN studios in downtown Miami.
Tell Me More

Last week’s Twit­ter Edu­ca­tion Forum, hosted last week in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tell Me More was a huge success. Not only did it pro­vide a plat­form for a dynamic and diverse con­ver­sa­tion about edu­ca­tion reform in the US (and one that we plan to con­tinue), but it also reached a whop­ping 17 mil­lion peo­ple–and count­ing. (That’s right. They’re stilll Tweet­ing. They just can’t stop!)

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Dozier School For Boys
6:30 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Dick Colon, one of the White House Boys, walks through grave sites near the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Several men who suffered abuse and severe beatings believe the crosses mark the graves of boys who were killed at the school, victims of punishments that went too far.
Phil Coale AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:47 pm

Over the past decade, hundreds of men have come forward to tell gruesome stories of abuse and terrible beatings they suffered at Florida's Dozier School for Boys, a notorious, state-run institution that closed last year after more than a century.

Known as the "White House Boys," these 300-some men were sent as boys to the reform school in the small panhandle town of Mariana in the 1950s and 1960s. They have joined together over the years to tell their stories of the violence administered in a small building on the school's grounds they knew as the White House.

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Young Caregivers
4:24 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

WATCH: Youth Caregivers Fight To Finish School

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Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Braat has three passions in life: playing music, photography, and being a caregiver to his grandma.

"It's all I'm good at!" he laughs. He started taking care of his great grandmother at age 9.

"My mom was always at work so it was kind of my role I guess," Jimmy says," She passed away at 92 when I was 13. So now, I take care of my grandmother."

Jimmy is three years behind in school and now participates in an online school program called hospital homebound.

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Guest Post
4:37 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Guest Post: Alex De Carvalho Chats With NPR's Michel Martin

Alex de Carvalho

This week, NPR's Tell Me More and StateImpact Florida hosted an international Twitter conversation about education reform at the WLRN studios. South Florida social media maven Alex de Carvalho (@alexdc) was one of the thousands of people to participate to join that conversation. He organizes regular local web and technology gatherings and is a founding member of RefreshMiami.

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Guest Post
3:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Guest Post: Why We Shouldn't Be Talking About Reforming Education

The conversation about education reform continues online: #NPRedchat
Tell Me More NPR

This week, Tell Me More and StateImpact Florida hosted an international Twitter conversation about education reform at the WLRN studios. One of the thousands of people who participated in that conversation was Cindi Rigsbee. She's a teacher and author who blogs at cindirigsbee.com. She wrote this guest post after participating in the conversation on Wednesday.

 

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