StateImpact Florida http://wlrn.org en 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 Report: It Will Cost $3.2 Billion To Upgrade Schools To Wireless Internet http://wlrn.org/post/report-it-will-cost-32-billion-upgrade-schools-wireless-internet <div id="attachment_22126" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="To meet requirements for online testing and digital instruction, schools are considering laptop carts like this for classrooms." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-29-LaptopCart.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22126" alt="To meet requirements for online testing and digital instruction, schools are considering laptop carts like this for classrooms." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-29-LaptopCart-300x225.jpg" width="300" heig Fri, 30 May 2014 19:10:51 +0000 John O'Connor 33197 at http://wlrn.org Report: It Will Cost $3.2 Billion To Upgrade Schools To Wireless Internet Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing? http://wlrn.org/post/will-new-florida-standards-leave-time-creative-writing <div class="module image alignright mceTemp" id="attachment_22111" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps<p>two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-26-LaurieLangford.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22111" alt="Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/fi Tue, 27 May 2014 19:08:24 +0000 Jackie Mader 33009 at http://wlrn.org Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing?