John O'Connor http://wlrn.org en Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point http://wlrn.org/post/checking-education-bills-florida-legislature-reaches-halfway-point <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The 2014 Florida legislative session reached the halfway point last week, so we thought we’d check in on some of the big education bills.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:26:07 +0000 John O'Connor & Sammy Mack 30391 at http://wlrn.org Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests http://wlrn.org/post/florida-watches-new-york-parents-organize-against-common-core-tests <p style="font-size: 14.44444465637207px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 23.33333396911621px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px;">The&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/04/parents-teachers-rally-against-common-core-tests-in-brooklyn/" style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5; color Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:02:34 +0000 John O'Connor 30385 at http://wlrn.org Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida's School Grading Formula http://wlrn.org/post/explaining-proposed-changes-floridas-school-grading-formula <div id="attachment_19647" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended changes to the school grading formula." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/07/7-26-ReportCard.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-19647" alt="Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended changes to the school grading formula." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/07/7-26-ReportCard-300x300.jpg" width="300" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">marsmet tallahassee<p><p class="w Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:21:15 +0000 John O'Connor 27870 at http://wlrn.org Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida's School Grading Formula Why A Florida Private School Helps Its Staff Stay High Tech http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-private-school-helps-its-staff-stay-high-tech <p>Nancy Gavrish has taught for 36 years, art for the most part, to students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne.</p><p>But lessons that worked for Gavrish at the beginning of her career weren't as effective later.</p><p>"I realized for years that I was not able to keep students’ attention like I used to," she said, "that demonstrations just weren’t doing it anymore."</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:20:07 +0000 John O'Connor 27616 at http://wlrn.org Why A Florida Private School Helps Its Staff Stay High Tech Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language http://wlrn.org/post/computer-programming-could-count-foreign-language <p>Florida students could choose computer programming courses instead of a foreign language as <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/01/31/21319/">part of a bill to help Florida schools add more technology and digital instruction.</a></p><p>The bill would require state colleges to accept two years of computer programming if the courses applied to a student's major. State universities would have the option of accepting those courses instead of a foreign language.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:40:16 +0000 John O'Connor 27431 at http://wlrn.org Computer Programming Could Count As A Foreign Language How Florida Lawmakers Want To Help Schools Get Ready For Digital Lesson http://wlrn.org/post/how-florida-lawmakers-want-help-schools-get-ready-digital-lesson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida schools could get more money to upgrade classrooms, purchase new computers, tablets and other technology and train teachers and staff how to use them.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:42:09 +0000 John O'Connor 27260 at http://wlrn.org How Florida Lawmakers Want To Help Schools Get Ready For Digital Lesson Scott, Lawmakers Making School Technology A Budget Priority http://wlrn.org/post/scott-lawmakers-making-school-technology-budget-priority <p>The chairman of the Senate's education committee said Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers want to spend at least $40 million, and likely more, to upgrade schools' Internet capacity and add new computers, tablets and other digital tools.<br /><br />Sen. John Legg, R-Port Richey, said education technology is a priority for Scott and both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders.<br /><br />Legg said $40 million in Scott's proposed budget is a starting point.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:04:49 +0000 John O'Connor 27140 at http://wlrn.org Scott, Lawmakers Making School Technology A Budget Priority What Education Is Like At An All-Girls Public Middle School http://wlrn.org/post/what-education-all-girls-public-middle-school <p>Earlier this week we told you about <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/01/13/why-florida-wants-to-expand-single-gender-classes/">a bill that would create a pilot program for single-sex elementary schools.</a> Now, we asked Karen French, the principal of all-girls Ferrell Preparatory Academy, <a href="http://ferrell.mysdhc.org/">a public middle school in Tampa</a>, about the differences in single-sex and traditional schools.</p><p class="question"><strong><span class="abbr">Q: </span>I assume you’ve taught at both coed and single-sex schools. Is that right?</strong></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:50:19 +0000 John O'Connor 26587 at http://wlrn.org What Education Is Like At An All-Girls Public Middle School What’s Florida’s Education Plan? Lawmakers Expect Details This Week http://wlrn.org/post/what-s-florida-s-education-plan-lawmakers-expect-details-week <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The chairman of the Senate education committee is asking the Florida Department of Education to have its plans for new standards and assessments ready when commissioner Pam Stewart speaks at a meeting next week.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 23:04:54 +0000 John O'Connor 25934 at http://wlrn.org What’s Florida’s Education Plan? Lawmakers Expect Details This Week The Florida Education Stories To Watch In 2014 http://wlrn.org/post/florida-education-stories-watch-2014 <h3 style="margin-top: 40px; margin-bottom: 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: proxima-nova, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-weight: 700; line-height: 1; vertical-align: baseline; text-transform: uppercase;"><strong>IMPLEMENTING NEW COMMON CORE STANDARDS</strong></h3><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Florida is one of 45 states that have fully adopted new&nbsp;<a href="https://stateimpact.np Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:29:41 +0000 John O'Connor 25796 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Education Stories To Watch In 2014 The Biggest Florida Education Stories of 2013 http://wlrn.org/post/biggest-florida-education-stories-2013 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><span style="font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px;">Here’s our pick for the biggest education stories of 2013 — a few of which will likely dominate 2014 as well.</span></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:06:03 +0000 John O'Connor 25795 at http://wlrn.org The Biggest Florida Education Stories of 2013 The Best Of StateImpact Florida From 2013 http://wlrn.org/post/best-stateimpact-florida-2013 <p>From Common Core, to Florida's next standardized test and changes to high school graduation requirement, education was a top story time and again this year.<br /><br />Here's a selection of some of our most important, interesting and favorite education stories of 2013.<br /><br />Click on the headlines to read the full story and listen to the broadcast versions.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:50:55 +0000 John O'Connor 25655 at http://wlrn.org The Best Of StateImpact Florida From 2013 Test Results Compare Hillsborough, Miami-Dade To Other Large Districts http://wlrn.org/post/test-results-compare-hillsborough-miami-dade-other-large-districts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_tuda_2013/#/">New testing data</a> shows Hillsborough County schools beat the performance of other large urban school districts in math and reading. Miami-Dade fourth grade readers outscored other large urban districts, but were on par in eighth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade math.<br /> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:17:39 +0000 John O'Connor 25556 at http://wlrn.org Test Results Compare Hillsborough, Miami-Dade To Other Large Districts As The GED Goes Online, Companies Develop Print Alternatives http://wlrn.org/post/ged-goes-online-companies-develop-print-alternatives <p>As the <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/12/08/changing-ged-adds-new-problems-to-an-old-test/">GED prepares for a major overhaul in January</a>, a growing number of states are trying a new class of tests designed as alternatives to the GED.<br /> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:03:33 +0000 John O'Connor 25381 at http://wlrn.org As The GED Goes Online, Companies Develop Print Alternatives More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades http://wlrn.org/post/more-florida-high-schools-earn-f-grades <p>Nearly half of Florida high schools -- 48 percent -- earned an A grade on the state's report card, according to a report Florida Department of Education released Wednesday.<br /><br />That's up from 31 percent of high schools earning a top grade two years ago. More than 80 percent of Florida high schools earned an A or B grade. No Miami-Dade or Broward County schools earned Fs.<br /> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:40:55 +0000 John O'Connor 25319 at http://wlrn.org More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades