Education

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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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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Charter School Evaluations
11:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn't Expect An Even Playing Field

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:43 pm

Supporters say the charter school bill that has a good chance of passing Florida’s Republican controlled Legislature this year will better regulate charters and expand choices for parents.

One thing the bill won’t do is require the same evaluations for charter school teachers as traditional public school teachers.

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Live Chat on Tuesday, 4pm
7:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013?

February 19 At 4pm

StateImpact Florida and WLRN are holding an online education chat in advance of our WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall, where you'll get the chance to ask lawmakers about their education priorities this legislative session. 

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StateImpact Florida
5:37 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Florida Legislative Leaders Say This Is The Year For The Parent Trigger Bill

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:02 pm

The parent trigger bill is back, and House Speaker Will Weatherford thinks it has a good chance of passing this year.

He even tweeted about it shortly after the bill was filed.

“It’s great public policy. It empowers families. It empowers parents, gives them the choices that they need,” Weatherford told StateImpact Florida. “It engages them in the education of their children.”

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Education
4:18 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

StateImpact Florida: Putting Education Reform To The Test

StateImpact Florida puts education reform to the test.
Credit StateImpact Florida

StateImpact Florida journalists John O'Connor and Sarah Gonzalez travel the state to report on how education issues affect you.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

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Community Contributor
7:54 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Plane Crash Survivor Heads For One Of The World's Most Dangerous Airports

Xoaquima Diaz braved a flight to Tegucigalpa, even after a previous plane crash.

  This past Christmas I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit my family. The last time I had been to Tegucigalpa was in 2002, so I boarded the plane with conflicting emotions -- excitement about seeing my family and fear about the flight.

In 2004, I survived a plane crash. For years I could not board a plane without first taking a handful of Xanax and then disassociating. After years of working with a therapist who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I have arrived at the point where I can fly without the aid of chemicals or mind-body trickery.

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