education

Sunshine Economy
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms

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The school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards.

However, Florida public school kids won’t follow Common Core, at least not in name. The state legislature this spring eliminated references to Common Core from state education policy. Still, the principles of Common Core remain: more rigorous education standards to better prepare students for college and careers.

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Arts Education
1:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

How An Arts Program Is Changing A School's Culture

Leslie Augustin, 13, an eighth-grade student in the guitar class, gets individual attention from Jonathan De Leon, founder of the guitar program at the school.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story identified Michael Kamen as the director of the the film, Mr. Holland's Opus. He in fact is the composer who wrote the film score.

When Jonathan De Leon left his home state of New Jersey to teach at North Miami Middle School in 2007, he immediately saw possibility — both in the school and the students.

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StateImpact Florida
11:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

How A Conflict In Florida Policies Means The End Of A Student Help Desk

Students man a computer help desk at Ocoee High School and assist classmates. The school has to end the program because of a state requirement for end-of-course exams.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A recurring theme in Florida education is that policies intended to address separate issues can and do conflict with each other.

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StateImpact Florida
3:10 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Report: It Will Cost $3.2 Billion To Upgrade Schools To Wireless Internet

To meet requirements for online testing and digital instruction, schools are considering laptop carts like this for classrooms.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:25 pm

To meet requirements for online testing and digital instruction, schools are considering laptop carts like this for classrooms.
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Common Core
3:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Will New Florida Standards Leave Time For Creative Writing?

Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs.

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 8:53 am

Laurie Langford, a second grade teacher at West Defuniak Elementary, helps two students look for evidence in a reading passage about public sector jobs.
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Influence In Education
2:47 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

How Much Influence Does Koch Money Have At FSU?

Florida State University is facing criticism over the influence of donor money in the classroom.
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There are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. NPR's Greg Allen reports: 

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Testing
11:46 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Third Grade Passing Rates On FCAT Math And Reading Flat

The percentage of Florida third graders passing state reading and math exams was unchanged this year.
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The percentage of Florida third graders passing the state's FCAT math and reading exams did not improve this year -- remaining largely flat for the past three years -- according to initial test results released Friday.

Fifty-seven percent of third graders scored at least a 3, the state's passing score, on the reading test. On the math exam, 58 percent of third graders scored a least a 3.

Writing scores were mixed. A higher percentage of eighth and tenth graders passed the writing exam this year. But fewer fourth graders passed the exam.

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Education
10:34 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens

Not all kids lie on research surveys. But enough teenagers make up answers that it can significantly skew the results.
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Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 1:30 pm

Teenagers face some serious issues: drugs, bullying, sexual violence, depression, gangs. They don't always like to talk about these things with adults.

One way that researchers and educators can get around that is to give teens a survey — a simple, anonymous questionnaire they can fill out by themselves without any grown-ups hovering over them. Hundreds of thousands of students take such surveys every year. School districts use them to gather data; so do the federal government, states and independent researchers.

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StateImpact Florida
2:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

About That Charter School Funding Study...

Do traditional district schools receive more money than charter schools? A Rutgers University researcher says the gap is not as big when you compare actual expenses.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:59 am

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StateImpact Florida
2:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Hackers Stole Employee Data From Florida's New Testing Company

Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 10:45 am

Hackers stole unencrypted Social Security numbers and credit card info for current and former American Institutes of Research employees.
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Common Core
9:41 am
Mon May 19, 2014

What Common Core Will Mean For Florida's Science, Social Studies And Other Courses

Monroe Middle School science teacher Andrea Groves works with a student. Many science classes will add more reading and writing assignments as Florida finishes the switch to new K-12 math and language arts standards this fall.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

This story is part of a series from The Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida looking at how Florida schools are getting ready for Common Core standards. Read — and listen to — the first two stories here and here.

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Education
9:19 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Activists Protest Florida's Race-Based Education Goals

Florida's education goals in math and reading currently vary by race.
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Students and civil rights activists have asked Gov. Rick Scott to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Dream Defenders were in Tallahassee this week to deliver a petition — with 5,800 signatures — protesting Florida’s race-based academic goals.

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Brown v. Board of Education
2:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Hear Floridians Talk About Their Desegregation Experiences

Mamie Pinder holds a photograph of herself as a young teaching student. Pinder, a retired Miami-Dade school teacher, began teaching in 1963, the year the school district began merging black and white students bodies and faculty.
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This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools were inherently unequal.

A recent ProPublica investigation found at least 300 school districts that are still under court-ordered desegregation. Eleven of those districts are in Florida.

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News
3:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

How Miami Students Got College Degrees Before High School Diplomas

Reinaldo Camacho finished his two-year degree from Miami Dade College while he was still in high school. He's the first member of his family to pursue post-secondary education.
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Sixty students from the Hialeah area will graduate from high school this month like thousands of others in Florida, but these students have done something remarkable.

They’ll receive their high school diplomas almost a month after graduating from Miami Dade College.

The students took advantage of the dual-enrollment programs offered at Mater Academy and Mater Lakes Academy. These are publicly funded charter schools that operate independently of the district.

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StateImpact Florida
7:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Florida 12th Graders Trail Nation In Math And Are Average In Reading

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 1:54 pm

Florida 12th graders ranked 10th of 13 states who broke out their results on a national math and reading exam.

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