Sarah Gonzalez http://wlrn.org en Newark Considers What Life Will Be Like After Cory Booker http://wlrn.org/post/newark-considers-what-life-will-be-after-cory-booker For years, Newark, N.J., had the reputation of being a crime-ridden, low-income city. Former Mayor Cory Booker helped change that perception.<p>Thursday, the Democrat was sworn in as a U.S. senator, and it's unclear what that means for the city's future.<p>While Booker brought attention — and funding — to Newark, he couldn't completely tackle the violence that has persisted for years. As mayoral candidates begin making their cases, crime is a common theme.<p><strong>'Now A City Of Hope'</strong><p>Booker convinced companies that Newark was a good place to do business. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 23118 at http://wlrn.org Newark Considers What Life Will Be Like After Cory Booker A Mother Receives Her Sons' Remains 12 Years After Attacks http://wlrn.org/post/mom-receives-sons-remains-twelve-years-after-attacks Twelve years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the loved ones of victims are still getting calls from the New York City Medical Examiner's Office about newly identified remains.<p>Sandra Grazioso from Clifton, N.J., said her family got one of those calls last week. She lost both of her sons in the terrorist attack — Tim, 42, and John, 41. Two more body parts belonging to Tim had been identified.<p>"An upper arm and shoulder and a tooth," Grazioso says. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 20457 at http://wlrn.org A Mother Receives Her Sons' Remains 12 Years After Attacks Archive: A Conversation With Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett http://wlrn.org/post/archive-conversation-florida-education-commissioner-tony-bennett <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor's Note: &nbsp; Shortly after Tony Bennett began as the state's Education Commissioner last December, he sat down with WLRN's former </span>StateImpact<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter Sarah Gonzalez. &nbsp;They talked about his time as head of Indiana's school system and what plans he had for Florida's. &nbsp;</span></em></p><p>Tony Bennett drove from Indiana over the weekend to start his first day as schools chief in Florida on Monday.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:33:49 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 7749 at http://wlrn.org Archive: A Conversation With Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Trayvon Martin’s High School Acknowledges His Death (Updated) http://wlrn.org/post/trayvon-martin-s-high-school-acknowledges-his-death-updated <p><em>Post and audio were updated yesterday. &nbsp;Details at <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2012/03/22/parents-requested-school-not-acknowledge-trayvon-martins-death-school-district-says/#more-5846" target="_blank">State Impact.</a></em></p><p>It’s been almost a month since self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George&nbsp;Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin—an unarmed black teenager from Miami Gardens.</p><p>Martin’s death has inspired a national debate about race and justice.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:06:01 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 1467 at http://wlrn.org Trayvon Martin’s High School Acknowledges His Death (Updated) Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013? http://wlrn.org/post/live-chat-florida-education-what-will-happen-session-2013 <p><em><strong>February 19 At 4pm</strong></em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida" target="_blank">StateImpact Florida</a> and WLRN are holding an online education chat in advance of our&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5197379502" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; " target="_blank">WLRN-Miami Herald News Town Hall</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">, where you'll get the chance to ask lawmakers about their education priorities this legislative session.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 9443 at http://wlrn.org Live Chat On Florida Education: What Will Happen In Session 2013? What Do Our Work Coffee Mugs Say About Us At WLRN? http://wlrn.org/post/what-do-our-work-coffee-mugs-say-about-us-wlrn <p>Before we start the new year, we want you all to get to know us a little more intimately. Turns out<em> our work coffee mugs</em> say a lot about us!</p><p>We've psychoanalyzed each other's coffee mugs to bring you this audio postcard from us, your&nbsp;WLRN&nbsp;reporters, editors, &nbsp;anchors, bloggers, producers and social media gurus. &nbsp;I would say this is one of those posts you actually want to listen to.</p><p>Check out our slideshow and tell us which one of us is your work-coffee-mug-soul-mate.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 6665 at http://wlrn.org What Do Our Work Coffee Mugs Say About Us At WLRN? Why More Florida Students Than Ever Struggle With Math http://wlrn.org/post/why-more-florida-students-ever-struggle-math <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif;">Wendy Pedroso has never liked math, but for most of elementary school and middle school she got B’s in the subject. It wasn’t until ninth grade at Miami Southwest Senior High School, when Pedroso took algebra, that she hit a wall. In particular, she struggled with understanding fractions.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:26:50 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez & McNelly Torres & Lynn Waddell 6250 at http://wlrn.org Why More Florida Students Than Ever Struggle With Math What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes http://wlrn.org/post/what-s-causing-rising-need-remedial-classes <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Shakira </span>Lockett<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> was a pretty good student in elementary, middle and high school. The Miami-Dade County native says she typically earned As and </span>Bs<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"> in English classes.</span></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez & McNelly Torres & Lynn Waddell 6188 at http://wlrn.org What’s Causing The Rising Need For Remedial Classes The Top 5 Countries Florida's International College Students Come From http://wlrn.org/post/top-5-countries-floridas-international-college-students-come <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Saudi Arabia and South Korea are among the top 5 leading places of origin for international college and university students in Florida.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:47:46 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 4518 at http://wlrn.org The Top 5 Countries Florida's International College Students Come From What A Makeover For Miami-Dade Schools Will Look Like http://wlrn.org/post/what-makeover-miami-dade-schools-will-look <p>Miami-Dade voters have approved a $1.2 billion bond referendum to improve public school infrastructure&nbsp;and access to technology.</p><p>Schools Superintendent Alberto&nbsp;Carvalho&nbsp;proposed the measure back in August.</p><p>Carvalho&nbsp;has said the bond would establish a "technology baseline" for Miami-Dade schools—so that all schools have at least a minimum number of computers, for example.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez & Laura Isensee 4310 at http://wlrn.org What A Makeover For Miami-Dade Schools Will Look Like Frankel Wins Congressional Seat, Pleads: 'Let The Bickering End' http://wlrn.org/post/frankel-wins-congressional-seat-pleads-let-bickering-end <p><strong>Lois Frankel Wins District 22</strong></p><p>From the moment Lois Frankel took the podium at the Embassy Suites Hotel in West Palm Beach Tuesday night, she kept it classy</p><p>“A few moments ago, I received a very, very gracious call from Adam Hasner congratulating me," Frankel told her supporters.&nbsp;&nbsp; "He was a formidable and articulate challenger.”</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:32:07 +0000 Christine DiMattei & Sarah Gonzalez 4230 at http://wlrn.org Frankel Wins Congressional Seat, Pleads: 'Let The Bickering End' Will Amendment 8 Allow Florida To Fund Religious Schools? Not Directly http://wlrn.org/post/will-amendment-8-allow-florida-fund-religious-schools-not-directly <p></p><p>Alachua County school board member Eileen Roy has called a proposed constitutional amendment coming before voters in November “the very death of public schools.”</p><p>The state’s largest teacher’s union is running ads against the change and mobilizing teachers to get out and vote against&nbsp;it.</p><p>Amendment 8 – dubbed the Religious Freedom Amendment – is likely to be one of the most contested ballot questions this&nbsp;fall.</p><p>The big question: Will it take taxpayer dollars away from public schools — to fund private, religious schools?</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:41:22 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 2490 at http://wlrn.org Will Amendment 8 Allow Florida To Fund Religious Schools? Not Directly Breaking Back: Why Florida Schools Are Asking Janitors To Pass A Fitness Test http://wlrn.org/post/breaking-back-why-florida-schools-are-asking-janitors-pass-fitness-test <p></p><p>Many school districts say math and science teachers are among&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2012/09/05/why-florida-schools-struggle-to-hire-teachers-by-the-start-of-classes/"><strong>the most difficult positions to fill</strong></a>.</p><p>But in Orlando schools, custodians are the highest in demand.</p><p>This summer, the Orange County school district asked principals which positions they needed help filling.</p><p>The top answer across the district? School Custodians.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:29:06 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 2492 at http://wlrn.org Breaking Back: Why Florida Schools Are Asking Janitors To Pass A Fitness Test Why Florida Schools Struggle to Hire Teachers By The Start Of School http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-schools-struggle-hire-teachers-start-school <p>Schools have been open for a couple of weeks across much of Florida, but not all of the students know who their teachers are&nbsp;yet.</p><p>There’s typically a lot of teacher turnover during the summer break, and schools can’t always get vacant teaching positions filled by the time school starts.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:43:25 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 2494 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Schools Struggle to Hire Teachers By The Start Of School Florida Schools In Session, But Teachers Absent http://wlrn.org/post/florida-schools-session-teachers-absent Schools have been open for a couple of weeks across much of Florida, but not all of the students know who their teachers are yet. There's typically a lot of teacher turnover during the summer break, and schools can't always get vacant teaching positions filled by the time school starts.<p>At DeSoto County High School in southern Florida, math tutor Ronnie Padilla is filling in as the French teacher. There's only one problem: He doesn't speak any French. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 07:20:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 435 at http://wlrn.org Florida Schools In Session, But Teachers Absent