education

StateImpact Florida
2:36 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled A Chance To Go To College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP.
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A college education is generally considered a student's best shot at getting a good job these days, and it's often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college.

But there's one group that has been quietly excluded from that process -- students with intellectual disabilities.

A program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  is giving these students college experience that, while it's not a traditional degree, is giving them a head start on their career goals.

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Politics
9:47 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida Roundup: Sensitivity In Classrooms

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  On the Florida Roundup, we talk to the area's journalists about the week's top stories.

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News
12:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Broward School Board Suspends Teacher Who Used Slur Against Muslim Student

Deyab Houssein Wardani, left, and his father Youseff Wardani.
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The Broward County School Board voted Tuesday to suspend a teacher who was accused of calling her student "a raghead Taliban."

Maria Valdes, a French teacher at Cypress Bay High School, will be suspended for five days without pay and must complete mandatory diversity training.

The school board passed the item with no discussion.

Valdes allegedly made the comments to 14-year-old Deyab Houssein Wardani as he entered class wearing a hoodie.

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School Funding
10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

Sen. Don Gaetz has filed an amendment which would force school districts to share local construction money with charter schools.
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School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator.

Sen. Don Gaetz, former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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StateImpact Florida
9:43 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Testing, School Choice, Phys. Ed.: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville." Florida public media stations will air the movie this month. Check local listings.
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This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series, "180 Days."

One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rated school districts, according to South Carolina's ranking.

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StateImpact Florida
5:50 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Five Questions About Florida's Testing Problems

Florida students had trouble connecting to the state's new online writing exam on Monday and Tuesday. The problems seemed to be fixed by Wednesday afternoon.
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Last week, dozens of Florida school districts had to postpone state testing because of problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments.

Students couldn’t log in to the online writing exam -- and some who did were booted out and temporarily lost their answers.

The problems seem to have been resolved Thursday. By Friday, more than half of students scheduled to take the online writing exam had finished.

Here's five questions about what happened and what's next.

What happened?

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An outreach event, Bagels & Barks!
2:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Calling All Animal Lovers!

Come one, Come All, especially the 4-legged kind to Tropical Park this Saturday March 7th from 9 am to Noon. 

Join Miami Dade Animal Services at Bagels and Barks at the Tropical Park Dog Park. Meet WLRN on air personalities and their pets and your furry friends are sure to love a morning at the dog park. This family event will include children’s activities, complimentary bagels and beverages for the humans, yummy treats for pets, a pet food and toy drive and pet adoptions from the Hope Mobile Express.

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The Florida Standards Assessments
6:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

School Districts Report Second Day Of Testing Problems

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho at a February press conference. He's suspending testing in Miami-Dade schools.
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For the second day in a row, some Florida school districts decided to suspend required testing because of computer problems.

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Testing
11:16 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Miami-Dade Schools Suspending New State Test

School districts around the state report students had trouble logging in or experienced slow loading time with Florida's new online writing exam.
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Miami-Dade schools are suspending online state testing for eighth through 10th graders after many students were unable to log on to Florida's new writing test Monday.

School districts across the state reported problems with the exam. And the test ran slowly for many who did manage to sign on.

Miami-Dade is suspending online testing for students who have yet to complete the writing test until the state can prove the new online system is running smoothly

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Philanthropy
11:13 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Students How To Give Away Thousands Of Dollars

Chloe Castro talks to her team about installing solar panels on a Camillus House residence.
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The names of prominent South Florida philanthropists are hung on buildings, printed in program notes and regularly thanked at cultural gatherings -- names you probably recognize: Arsht, Knight, Frost.

Unfortunately, many South Floridians are not in a position to give away thousands of dollars to a cause they believe in. But a new course at Florida International University is giving a few students a taste of what it’s like – the accolades and the work that comes from charitable giving.

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STEM
3:10 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

South Florida Students Make Their Robots Compete

The arena inside the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center where the robots compete.
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This past weekend 51 student teams from high schools across Florida and the country competed in the South Florida FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

To the left of the convention center are tents lined up and full of students trying to get their robots ready for competition, each robot wearing its team shirt as well as some capes, masks and wigs. All in the name of team spirit.

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StateImpact Florida
6:34 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Ready Or Not, Students, The New Florida Exam Is Here

The new Florida Standards Assessments begin today. Most students will take the exam online, though some students will take a paper and pencil version of the writing exam.
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At Miami's iPrep Academy, getting ready for the state's new standardized test includes rapping.

Two students are recording the daily announcements, telling classmates when and where they need to be starting today.

"Monday is ninth graders, with last name A to G," one student raps, in a rhyme that's no threat to Miami's Rick Ross.



"On Tuesday, it’s ninth graders with last name H through Z," his partner continues.

"All testing is in room 2 - 0 - 4!" they conclude together, Beastie Boys-style.

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Education
5:20 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

FIU Adjunct Professors Want Better Working Conditions

Joan Baker is a full-time English professor at FIU. She rallied on Wednesday, along with other permanent professors, to support her adjunct colleagues.
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Wednesday is National Adjunct Walkout Day. Adjuncts are part-time college professors who get paid lower wages, as compared to permanent employees, and have no benefits. Florida International University adjuncts want change.

About 30 people gathered at FIU's south campus by a large water fountain. Full-time instructors, part-time instructors and even students came out to support adjunct professors.

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Unemployment
4:27 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Job Market Improving For Recent College Grads, But Pay Is Not

Recent college graduates are more likely to find work since the end of the Great Recession, but pay is not yet increasing.
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New college graduates are finding it easier to land their first jobs -- and unemployment rates are dropping for most degree holders.

But paychecks are still getting smaller for most recent grads, according to a study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

The study shows that unemployment was down for nearly every category of majors in 2012, the only exception being communications and journalism.

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StateImpact Florida
10:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

How A Private Middle School Is Preparing Students For High School Success

A private St. Petersburg middle school is finding success helping its students graduate.
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It’s 7:30 a.m. and the fifth through eight graders at Academy Prep in midtown St. Petersburg are lined up outside to recite the school pledge. It’s a cool February morning and they’re a little fidgety until head of school Gina Burkett raises two fingers above her head and all goes quiet.

The pledge starts with “Standing in this room are the greatest, most committed, most responsible people this world has ever known.”

That may sound slightly immodest, but getting these kids to believe they are capable of great things is a big part of the curriculum here.

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