StateImpact Florida http://wlrn.org en 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 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 Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards http://wlrn.org/post/florida-students-talk-about-states-race-based-education-standards Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.<p>It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/05/14/activists-protest-floridas-race-based-education-goals/" target="_blank">filed a federal civil rights complaint</a> against the state’s race-based academic goals.<p>There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.<p>But to understand how the race-base Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:11:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 35497 at http://wlrn.org Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch http://wlrn.org/post/more-schools-earn-failing-grades-florida-prepares-common-core-switch <div id="attachment_22381" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 277px;"><a class="fancybox" title="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22381" alt="The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/07/7-11-LetterA-277x300.jpg" width="277" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credi Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:11:03 +0000 John O'Connor 35496 at http://wlrn.org More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch 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 Miami-Dade Schools' Superintendent Would Like To Spend $2.9 Billion http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dade-schools-superintendent-would-spend-29-billion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The public got a sneak peak of the proposed budget for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at its most recent budget workshop.</span></p><p>It’s not final yet, but the superintendent has sketched out a plan for the $2.9 billion budget.</p><p>You can hear more on where school leaders would like the money to go:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And you can see the presentation from the meeting:</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:11:51 +0000 Sammy Mack 34983 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade Schools' Superintendent Would Like To Spend $2.9 Billion Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement http://wlrn.org/post/check-out-practice-questions-new-fcat-replacement <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:51:29 +0000 Sammy Mack 34822 at http://wlrn.org Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students http://wlrn.org/post/how-teach-brown-v-board-class-all-black-students <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);">Here’s a question:<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span>How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:32:33 +0000 Jeremy Glazer 34398 at http://wlrn.org How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students Summer Boot Camp Might Solve A Ninth Grade Algebra Problem http://wlrn.org/post/summer-boot-camp-might-solve-ninth-grade-algebra-problem <div id="attachment_22232" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Dywayne Hinds, Pinellas County schools director of middle school education, is helping target incoming ninth graders for a summer Algebra 1 boot camp." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/06/6-16-HindsPortrait.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22232" alt="Dywayne Hinds, Pinellas County schools director of middle school education, is helping target incoming ninth graders for a summer Algebra 1 boot camp." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:05:33 +0000 John O'Connor 34016 at http://wlrn.org Summer Boot Camp Might Solve A Ninth Grade Algebra Problem Nathan B. Forrest High Begins Transition To Westside High http://wlrn.org/post/nathan-b-forrest-high-begins-transition-westside-high Nathan B. Forrest High School’s physical transformation into Westside High School has begun. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:41:06 +0000 Rhema Thompson 34014 at http://wlrn.org Nathan B. Forrest High Begins Transition To Westside High Fill In The Blank: The First Day Of Summer Is Like _____. http://wlrn.org/post/fill-blank-first-day-summer <div id="attachment_22216" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 266px;"><a class="fancybox" title="This is what the first day of summer feels like for some folks." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/06/chrisroll.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-full wp-image-22216" alt="This is what the first day of summer feels like for some folks." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/06/chrisroll.jpg" width="266" height="268" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">chrisroll / freedigitalphotos.net<p><p class="wp-caption-text">This is what the first day of summer feels l Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:03:14 +0000 Sammy Mack 33884 at http://wlrn.org Fill In The Blank: The First Day Of Summer Is Like _____. Broward School Board Asks Voters For $800 Million Bond http://wlrn.org/post/broward-school-board-asks-voters-800-million-bond <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broward County voters will have a big decision to make about school funding in November.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">The School Board of Broward County School approved a resolution to put a bond vote on the fall ballot.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">Broward schools are asking for $800 million — most of which will go towards school renovations and technology upgrades, says Superintendent Robert Runcie.</span></p><p class="p2">The school district has to overcome a reputation damaged by a history of mismanagement and corruption.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:08:01 +0000 Sammy Mack 33710 at http://wlrn.org Broward School Board Asks Voters For $800 Million Bond What Desegregation Was Like In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/what-desegregation-was-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools were inherently unequal — turns 60 years old this year.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Earlier this week, <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/hear-floridians-talk-about-their-desegregation-experiences"><span class="s2">we brought you memories </span></a>from students and teachers who were there in the early days of desegregation.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:47:02 +0000 Sammy Mack 32373 at http://wlrn.org What Desegregation Was Like In Miami How An Arts Program Is Changing A School's Culture http://wlrn.org/post/how-arts-program-changing-schools-culture <p><span style="line-height: normal; font-style: italic; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Correction: An earlier version of this story identified Michael Kamen as the </span><span style="line-height: normal; font-style: italic; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">director</span><span style="line-height: normal; font-style: italic; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-col Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:55:20 +0000 Jeffrey Pierre 33484 at http://wlrn.org How An Arts Program Is Changing A School's Culture 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