Education

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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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 Wed April 23, 2014 1:08 pm

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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/

     

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

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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