Education

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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Education Reform
12:36 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Video: Behind The Scenes Of Our Education Reform Conversation

Missed the Tell Me More radio special yesterday? No worries: the education reform debate continues online.  

NPR's news-talk program Tell Me More was in the WLRN studios with StateImpact Florida all day for an extensive discussion on education in America. 

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Education
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

To Shut Down Or Invest More In Failing Schools?

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will speak with a former education official who has had a change of heart about some of the school reforms she once championed. Diane Ravitch will be with us in just a few minutes.

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NPR Ed Chat
4:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Slideshow: NPR's Tell Me More And WLRN Partner For Live Tweet-Up

All photos by Ben Guzman

Since early September, #NPRedchat has allowed us to take a deeper look at education and explore ways of engaging not only with our radio audience, but with the digital public on Twitter as well.  Today, we are talking with educators, parents and students from Florida to California, on critical education issues facing the nation.

The conversations on #NPRedchat have informed our journalism in unexpected and exciting ways and today’s LIVE Twitter Education Forum was no different.

This Is NPR
4:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Finding the Stories Impacted By Education Policy

StateImpact Reporters Sarah Gonzalez (c) and John O'Connor (r) interview Dr. Ken Atwater (l), president of Hillsborough Community College, for a StateImpact Florida piece.
StateImpact Florida

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:32 pm

In honor of today's Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) at 11 a.m. (Eastern) hosted by NPR's midday-talk program Tell Me More with Michel Martin, here's a closer look at the StateImpact Florida team.

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Education
2:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami-Dade School System Inducts 14 Into Hall Of Fame

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is a student for the night.

Fourteen of Miami-Dade Public School System's better-known and accomplished graduates were inducted into the first official Hall of Fame, Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

Education Reform
11:14 am
Wed October 10, 2012

TELL US MORE: What Do You Think About Education Reform?

The Tell Me More and StateImpact Florida team will be hosting an education reform conversation all day. Keep the conversation going online: #NPRedchat.
John O'Connor StateImpact Florida

Missed the Tell Me More radio special this morning? No worries: the education reform debate continues online.  

NPR's news-talk program Tell Me More is in the WLRN studios with StateImpact Florida all day for an extensive discussion on education in America. 

Tell Me More and StateImpact Florida are asking:

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Affirmative Action
8:01 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Justices Return To Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Students walk through the University of Texas, Austin, campus near the school's iconic tower on Sept. 27.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 6:48 am

The U.S. Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to the emotional issue of affirmative action in higher education. The court will once again hear oral arguments on the issue, this time in a case from the University of Texas.

Over the past 35 years, the court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Now, just nine years after its last decision, the justices seem poised to outright reverse or cut back on the previous rulings.

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NPREdChat
10:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

NPR's Tell Me More Live From WLRN Studios At 11:00am With #npredchat

NPR's news-talk program Tell Me More is teaming up with StateImpact Florida for an extensive discussion on education in America. After launching an ongoing Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) with leaders in education, teachers, parents and students, the program has jump-started a national dialogue on education. 

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Education
5:31 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Education: Obama And Romney Mostly Agree

Candidates mostly agree on education
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If there are any undecided voters left in Florida, just weeks before the election, chances are they're educators.

Many say President Obama and Mitt Romney have strong education platforms that differ so subtly it may take a teacher's practiced eye to tell them apart.

"They're both strong on testing and accountability," says Doug Tuthill, who runs a nonprofit in Tampa for low-income K-through-12 students. "They both believe that student achievement should be included in teacher evaluation systems.

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Education
12:41 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Will Amendment 8 Allow Florida To Fund Religious Schools? Not Directly

James G. Blaine, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative.
Wikipedia

Alachua County school board member Eileen Roy has called a proposed constitutional amendment coming before voters in November “the very death of public schools.”

The state’s largest teacher’s union is running ads against the change and mobilizing teachers to get out and vote against it.

Amendment 8 – dubbed the Religious Freedom Amendment – is likely to be one of the most contested ballot questions this fall.

The big question: Will it take taxpayer dollars away from public schools — to fund private, religious schools?

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School Custodians
12:29 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Breaking Back: Why Florida Schools Are Asking Janitors To Pass A Fitness Test

Schools are short janitors, and custodians like Sylvia Moya say they’re working overtime, scrambling to keep schools clean.
Sarah Gonzalez StateImpact Florida

Many school districts say math and science teachers are among the most difficult positions to fill.

But in Orlando schools, custodians are the highest in demand.

This summer, the Orange County school district asked principals which positions they needed help filling.

The top answer across the district? School Custodians.

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