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The nation's colleges and universities have been on pins and needles waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether race can be a factor in their admissions policies.

And so today's 4-3 ruling upholding the affirmative-action program at the University of Texas at Austin brought a sigh of relief to much of the higher education world.

Something's wrong in America's classrooms.

According to new data from the Education Department, black students — from kindergarten through high school — are 3.8 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

Now the really bad news.

This trend begins in preschool, where black children are already 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Nadiam Nesbitt sat two young men across from one another, called them Interviewer and Interviewee, and posed a question: “You’re the manager at Starbucks. What kind of questions would you ask him?”

 

The Interviewer blushed, averted his eyes, pleaded, “I don’t know anything about Starbucks.”

“What skills would you look for?” Nesbitt prodded.

 

“If he knew how to make coffee?” the Interviewer asked tentatively.

 

Gage Skidmore

Nearly four months after suspending his failed presidential campaign, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is making his way back into politics on familiar ground. At the end of May, Bush re-took the helm of his advocacy organization, Foundation for Excellence in Education.

When students get suspended from school for a few days, they may not be the only ones who miss out.

A report released today by UCLA's Civil Rights Project tries for the first time to quantify the full social cost of so-called "exclusionary discipline."

How do you teach kids about ecology when the natural world is shrinking around them?

In fast growing Florida, one solution is to take environmental studies outside the walls of a classroom.

Mort Elementary School is one of Tampa’s lowest-performing elementary schools situated in one the most troubled neighborhoods in Hillsborough County.

In 25 years though, officials are hoping it will be a model of success.

To Get Kids To Breakfast, Schools Try Take-Out

May 6, 2016
Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Walk into any classroom at Deerfield Beach Middle School and you won’t have trouble spotting the students who missed breakfast. “They’re the ones who are antsy during first and second period,” said Principal Francine Baugh, “waiting for lunch to begin.”

There are many qualities of a great teacher. Two big ones? Kindness and a willingess to make learning fun. At least that's what Marlem Diaz-Brown's fourth-graders say.

For our 50 Great Teachers project, we've searched all over for teachers like her. Which brought us to Sunset Elementary School in Miami ... and "Mrs. D-B."

A School Field Trip, For Parents!

Apr 28, 2016
Sue Stocker/Sun Sentinel

Faced with the issue of low parent involvement, Plantation Elementary decided to turn the field trip on its head.

 

On Monday it was the parents who climbed on board a school bus while the students spent their day in class.

 

I spoke to the principal of the school, Judith Pitter, about where she got the idea for a parents-only field trip.

 

 

Where did you get the idea for a parents-only field trip?

Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post

 

A man suspected of making bomb threats to two Palm Beach County high schools earlier this year was arrested in Georgia Tuesday. Palm Beach schools have already received more than twice as many violent threats this year as they did all of last school year.

The Florida House of Representatives last week wrestled with key education proposals. 

 

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King was in Miami on Friday to launch a new national mentorship effort to reduce absenteeism in school. It’s part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative—a White House-supported project to close opportunity gaps among young men of color.

The mentoring initiative is a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Education. Miami is one of 10 launch cities. From the White House announcement:

After School Programs Anticipate Changes in Funding

Feb 9, 2016
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  Long-standing after-school programs in Florida that help thousands of at-risk kids with homework, mentoring and gang prevention could face significant changes in how state funding is distributed to them.  

The state Senate's budget plan would increase funding from $22 million  to  $30 million, making more money available to more groups.

But prominent organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters depend on these funds that have been distributed to them for decades. The proposal would put the money up for grabs.

Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times

Some Florida teachers are angry about working conditions. They made that known the first week of the legislative session when a couple thousand of them showed up in Tallahassee to get lawmaker's attention. Some of the biggest issues raised included: too much testing vouchers low pay and there's more. And those same issues have also led to another problem a shrinking teacher workforce.

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