John O'Connor http://wlrn.org en Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers http://wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-wants-job-training-teacher-internships-develop-stem-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott spent Monday touring high-tech South Florida companies looking to hire.</span></p><p>He wants to make sure firms like Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine, which designs electronic medical record systems, have workers ready.</p><p>“I’ve got kids and even... grandkids – the jobs of the future are going to be science, technology, engineering and math-related," said Scott, a Republican. "So we need to do workforce training in those areas.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 John O'Connor 35921 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Wants Job Training, Teacher Internships To Develop STEM Workers What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards http://wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-year-watching-schools-prepare-floridas-new-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?</span></p><p>Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:35:51 +0000 John O'Connor 35831 at http://wlrn.org What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami http://wlrn.org/post/charlie-crist-announces-running-mate-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stopped at a converted warehouse for Miami entrepreneurs, 12-year-old Andrew Castro handed him a miniature state of Florida produced by a 3-D printer.</span></p><p>“A little Florida! Thank you," Crist said.<br /><br />Crist&nbsp;was at LAB Miami Thursday morning because he thinks another South Floridian can help hand him the whole state this fall -- Annette Taddeo-Goldstein.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:35:32 +0000 John O'Connor 35711 at http://wlrn.org Charlie Crist Announces Running Mate From Miami Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College http://wlrn.org/post/students-react-closure-giant-profit-college-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:21:09 +0000 John O'Connor 35661 at http://wlrn.org Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-dade-might-start-some-high-school-classes-later-morning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning.</span></p><p>Teenagers just can't get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m.</p><p><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/people/faculty/Wahlstrom.asp">University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom</a> said that's because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:02:21 +0000 John O'Connor 35508 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges http://wlrn.org/post/former-florida-education-commissioner-settles-indiana-ethics-charges <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, </span><a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2014/07/09/tony-bennett-accepts-fine-ethics-settlement/12439041/" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:47:04 +0000 John O'Connor 35360 at http://wlrn.org Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless http://wlrn.org/post/how-federal-program-will-help-florida-schools-go-wireless <div id="full_story"><p>Curtis Lanoue teaches music in a trailer behind Oliver Hoover Elementary School in Miami. His colleagues have interactive smart boards in their classrooms.</p><p>Those are like 21st-Century chalk boards that can can plug into the school’s network -- and the Internet.<br /><br />But Lanoue doesn’t have a smartboard --- or the Internet -- in his portable classroom.<br /><br />“YouTube might not be the greatest thing to let a kid use unattended," he said, "but for the teacher to use it there’s a ton of resources on there.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:47:38 +0000 John O'Connor 35038 at http://wlrn.org How A Federal Program Will Help Florida Schools Go Wireless David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium http://wlrn.org/post/david-beckham-wants-talk-broward-county-about-stadium <p>David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.</p><p>But while the two sides haggle over a site, the <em>Miami Herald</em> reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.</p><p>Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:06:22 +0000 John O'Connor 35017 at http://wlrn.org David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium How Better Supervision Might Mean Better Principals In Broward County http://wlrn.org/post/how-better-supervision-might-mean-better-principals-broward-county <p><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.wallacefoundation.org/Pages/default.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wallace Foundation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> believes the people who supervise principals spend too much time making sure they follow rules and procedures -- and not enough time mentoring them.</span></p><p>So Wallace is launching a <a data-mce-="" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/06/24/broward-schools-win-grant-to-study-principal-supervision/">$30 million, five-year national experiment</a> to test whether students benefit from principals who get more coaching.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:06:02 +0000 John O'Connor 34744 at http://wlrn.org How Better Supervision Might Mean Better Principals In Broward County New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools http://wlrn.org/post/new-florida-education-laws-change-veteran-tuition-grades-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year.</span></p><p>The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state rates.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:28 +0000 John O'Connor 34670 at http://wlrn.org New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More http://wlrn.org/post/report-south-florida-college-grads-earn-more <div id="full_story"><p>Students awarded bachelor degrees at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University had the highest median earnings in the state, according to a new report from the Florida Department of Education.</p><p>And graduates of Broward College, Florida Keys Community College and Miami Dade College tended to earn more than graduates completing associate degrees at other state colleges.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:12:30 +0000 John O'Connor 34392 at http://wlrn.org Report: South Florida College Grads Earn More Gov. Rick Scott Says Florida Is Taking Care Of Immigrants http://wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-says-florida-taking-care-immigrants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Rick Scott was in Overtown Thursday to highlight millions in the state budget to help children who were victims of human trafficking.</p><p>This year’s state budget will spend $6 million to hire more advocates to help children during court cases. Another $3 million will pay for safe houses and rehabilitation for child victims of trafficking.</p><p>Scott also used the opportunity to talk about a new law that allows some undocumented immigrants access to in-state college tuition.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:41:24 +0000 John O'Connor 34249 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Says Florida Is Taking Care Of Immigrants How A Conflict In Florida Policies Means The End Of A Student Help Desk http://wlrn.org/post/how-conflict-florida-policies-means-end-student-help-desk <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);">A recurring theme in Florida education is that policies intended to address separate issues can and do conflict with each other.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:44:34 +0000 John O'Connor 33467 at http://wlrn.org How A Conflict In Florida Policies Means The End Of A Student Help Desk Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat http://wlrn.org/post/third-grade-passing-rates-fcat-math-and-reading-flat <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state's </span>FCAT<span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> math and reading exams did not improve this year -- remaining largely flat for the past three years -- according to initial test results released Friday.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 15:46:10 +0000 John O'Connor 32836 at http://wlrn.org Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses http://wlrn.org/post/what-common-core-will-mean-floridas-science-social-studies-and-other-courses <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);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">This story is part of a series from&nbsp;<a href="http://hechingerreport.org/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">The Heching Mon, 19 May 2014 13:41:09 +0000 John O'Connor 32558 at http://wlrn.org What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses