education

Schools
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

Credit StateImpact Florida

With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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StateImpact Florida
11:29 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Three Questions For Teachers About Common Core Standards, Part 1

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 12:10 pm

Yesterday we told you that we spent a lot of time at summer Common Core training sessions for teachers.

One of the things we were curious about is how teachers felt about the new education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.

We asked teachers the same three questions about Common Core as they prepared for next year’s deadline to use the standards in every Florida classroom.

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StateImpact Florida
8:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

This Week In Education Polling

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:46 pm

The start of the school year in Florida and many parts of the country has meant a glut of new education polls asking about shared education standards, standardized testing, teacher evaluations and policies adopted by Florida and other states.

The most noteworthy poll is the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of education issues. This is the 45th year of the poll. The poll sampled 1,001 adults and had a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

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Back To School
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Convergence Is Important To Improving Public Education

Americans with a bachelor’s degree are more likely to marry, stay married and have a two-parent household.

For decades now, public education has been in “crisis.”  And since the founding of the U.S. Department of Education, we’ve searched for ways to promote student achievement and prepare for global competitiveness.

There is little question as to why. As the workforce becomes more educated, and increasingly globalized, an educated workforce becomes increasingly important. And study after study proves that educational attainment leads to economic mobility.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Profit Or Performance? Charter Public Schools

Jon Hage may be one of the most important school leaders you probably have never heard of. No one elected him to a school board or hired him as a superintendent.

But his company, Charter Schools USA based in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the fastest growing charter school operators. It runs more than a dozen schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and has expanded to a half dozen more states.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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StateImpact Florida
4:32 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Five Things We Learned About Common Core This Summer

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:08 pm

We spent a lot of time this summer watching and listening as Florida school districts trained teachers about what to expect when the state makes the full switch to new education standards next year.

Florida is one of 45 states to fully adopt the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students are expected to know in math and English at the end of each grade. The standards also put more emphasis on reading and writing in other subjects.

Here’s five things we learned:

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The Sunshine Economy
3:22 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Are South Florida Schools Preparing Kids for Future Jobs?

During the past several weeks, South Florida business executives from manufacturing, hospitality and other industries have told The Sunshine Economy how challenging it is for them to find qualified employees locally.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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Schools
8:35 am
Wed August 21, 2013

What's Behind The Turnaround At Miami Public Schools?

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:22 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For years, Miami-Dade County Public Schools faced problems common to many urban schools: low attendance, high dropout rates, poor grades. But since 2008, Alberto Carvalho has been in charge of the nation's fourth largest school district, and there've been some noticeable improvements in Miami schools. More students are graduating, fewer are dropping out, test scores are up and the district's budget crisis has faded.

NPR's Claudio Sanchez has this profile of the man some call a miracle worker.

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Bus Stop Interviews
8:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Back-To-School Scenes From Across Florida

Keri Grigas started her junior year on Monday.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

After a long, humid summer, kids across the state are waking up and getting ready to go back to school this week.

One of those students, 16-year-old Keri Grigas, started her junior year at South Broward High School this morning. Listen to her bus-stop interview with us from Monday morning:

Keri later met up with us at the bus stop after school to tell us how the day went:

For your reading pleasure, we’ve also rounded up a few more of our favorite small moments from the big day back. Feel free to share your own in the comments.

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StateImpact Florida
8:37 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New Standards Will Require Rewriting Expectations, But Not School Grading Formula

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Last month State Board of Education members turned on Florida’s school grading system.

The board was being asked to voted on two temporary changes which would soften the impact of several years of changes to the state formula which assign schools and districts an A-to-F rating. One change would prevent schools from dropping more than one letter grade this year, while another would change how

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The Sunshine Economy
8:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Education

A new school year is underway for hundreds of thousands of children in South Florida. A new year brings with it the potential of new learning, new skills... and new challenges.

Are our kids learning what they need to in order to compete in the global job market of the future?

South Florida schools welcome back students August 19 and WLRN's Sunshine Economy looks at the education industry with "Getting Schooled, Public Education in South Florida."

WLRN's State Impact Florida education reporter Sammy Mack co-hosts the program.

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StateImpact Florida
12:17 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:57 pm

We all agree that every student should have good teachers.

I think we also agree that there are three ways to improve the teaching force:

    • We must get “bad” teachers who cannot or will not improve out of the classroom

    • We must help “mediocre” teachers improve.

    • We must keep “good” teachers in the classroom.

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StateImpact Florida
10:03 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Tony Bennett's Last-Minute School Grade Changes Benefited 165 Indiana Schools

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 11:58 am

Our colleagues at StateImpact Indiana have crunched the numbers and found that 165 schools benefited from changes to the school grading formula former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made in 2012 while the elected leaders of Hoosier State schools.

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StateImpact Florida
10:46 am
Thu August 15, 2013

What A School Grade Means To Parents

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:45 am

Florida’s system of giving schools grades from A-to-F has been in the spotlight this summer.

First, state officials made last-minute changes to the A-to-F formula, preventing more than 150 schools from dropping to F grades.

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StateImpact Florida
5:09 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

St. Johns County Republicans Have A Few Questions About New Education Standards

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 8:15 am

The St. Johns County Republican Assembly is the latest GOP group to ask questions — quite literally — about new education standards fully adopted by Florida and 44 other states.

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