Community Contributor
7:07 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Will New Florida Law Tying Teacher Raises To Test Results Improve Education?

As of July 1st, at least 50 percent of a classroom teacher’s performance evaluation, and pay, be based on student achievement

When my husband was studying for the CPA exams, he prepared for months.  He memorized laws and rules and exceptions to those rules.  He used flashcards, watched lectures and took simulated exams.  He answered thousands of sample test questions. 

Preparing for exams is as much about tactic as it is about knowledge.  To conquer an exam, people learn to beat the test.  They learn strategies.  They take courses designed specifically to prepare them for these exams or they study on their own, for the tests.

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Education
6:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Not Your Typical Summer School: A Summer Camp Fights Learning Loss Using The Common Core

Campers at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School will learn Common Core lessons this summer.
Credit Karelia Arauz

It’s summertime and Angela Maxey, principal of Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School, is observing a classroom of 9- and 10-year-olds draw and identify different kinds of triangles.

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DOMA Ruling
6:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters

Julian Marsh (left) and his husband, Traian "Tray" Popov (right) with their two Yorkies, Phoebe and Rosie. The two men are the first binational same-sex couple to have a marriage-based green card petition approved by U.S. Immigration officials.
Credit Christine Dimattei

 Julian Marsh and Traian “Tray” Popov have two computers in the office of their Fort Lauderdale home.  But when the couple shows off their wedding photos, they use the desktop with the bigger screen.

"I think we both said that was absolutely the most special moment EVER in our lives," says Marsh.

They’ve been married less than a year.  And like many newlyweds, they admit they were so nervous during the ceremony that some of it is a blur. 

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Television
5:37 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

New York, New York!

Welcome to Macy's !

From the Sunshine State to the Big Apple...

Members of our WLRN team headed to the Big Apple on June 25th to meet with Macy's Executives about "THE BIG DAY".  I'm speaking of The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade of course! I'm not really sure who is more excited about our JOURNEY TO THE MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE production... Macy's or us!

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WLRN 91.3 FM is licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida and serves a weekly audience of more than 500,000 from Palm Beach to Key West. It is ranked number one in the state of Florida among NPR stations.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

The Tea Party & Politics In America

Christopher Parker
http://faculty.washington.edu/csparker/

07/08/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Christopher Parker.  He’s the co-author of CHANGE THEY CAN’T BELIEVE IN:  The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in AmericaWhat makes the Tea Party click? Last November, some 45-million registered voters told a Fox News poll that they identified with the party.  That’s a fifth of the electorate. Tune in for Topical Currents 

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Recreation
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Miami Parks Rank 38th of Top 50, But Should Be Worse

Virginia Key Beach Park
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The largest park in the city of Miami is also its least accessible.

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Florida Supercon
8:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Some of The Best Costumes From This Weekend's Bigger-Than-Ever Florida Supercon

Cristine Peña from Tampa dresses as Sailor Venus from the manga series Sailor Moon. She won Best Craftsmanship in the costume contest at last year's Supercon. Kevin Walker from Orlando dresses as Kai Leng from the video game Mass Effect 3.
Credit Patience Haggin

At this weekend's FLORIDA SUPERCON, more comic and sci-fi fans than Miami's ever seen gathered to meet, greet, and costume play-- 'cosplay' for short.

The event at the Miami Airport Convention Center drew an estimated 20,000 fans and cosplayers from Thursday to Sunday. Attendance rose sharply from last year's crowd of 15,000.

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Community Contributor
7:37 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival Draws A Devoted Crowd

Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival founders, left to right: Michael Forte (clarinet), Michael Ellert (bassoon) and Karen Dixon (flute).

Although July Fourth usually signals a slowdown in cultural activity as everyone takes a breather to celebrate the holiday, this week actually marks the beginning of one of South Florida’s most durable music festivals.

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