Palm Beach County Lowers Bullying Rate

Jul 22, 2015
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In the past two years, Palm Beach County schools have slashed the number of reported bullying cases by nearly 30 percent, down to 544 cases during the 2013 to 2014 school year from 748 cases the school year before.

As the district with the highest bullying rate in the state, the data supports a push to leave that status behind. 

To tackle the issue, nearly 60 school board officials, students and parents met Tuesday -- in the middle of summer -- for the county’s first anti-bullying roundtable.

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South Florida school leaders traveled to Washington Wednesday to share ideas on how to reduce on-campus arrests and suspensions.

Superintendents from Broward County and Miami-Dade County shared how their districts dealt with the problem at a summit hosted by the White House.

Research shows that students who are suspended before ninth grade are less likely to graduate. And on-campus arrests can stick with a student for life, hindering chances at a college education or finding a job.

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Last year nearly every Florida teacher was meeting goals according to statewide teacher evaluation that includes student test scores.

And two of every five teachers were rated “highly effective.”

But that could change soon at Thursday's State Board of Education meeting. The ratings are important because they influence teacher pay and can determine which teachers remain in their jobs and which teachers require extra training.

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The firm checking whether Florida’s new state test is valid is meeting with South Florida school districts Wednesday.

The state hired Alpine Testing Solutions after lawmakers raised questions about whether the new Florida Standards Assessments results should count.

Many students had long waits or couldn’t access the Florida Standards Assessments when they tried to log on to the test this spring. Others were kicked out in the middle of the exam.

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Some states are telling students and parents they are better at reading, writing, math and other subjects than they really are, according to a new website from the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Standardized tests tied to the Common Core are under fire in lots of places for lots of reasons. But who makes them and how they're scored is a mystery.

For a peek behind the curtain, I traveled to the home of the nation's largest test-scoring facility: San Antonio.

The facility is one of Pearson's — the British-owned company that dominates the testing industry in the U.S. and is one of the largest publishing houses behind these mysterious standardized tests.

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This week, the education advocacy group started by former Gov. Jeb Bush released a detailed list of donors for the first time. The Foundation for Excellence in Education posted the list on its website.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education conducts research and advocates for states to adopt education policies, including expanding school choice, measuring student, teacher and school progress and adopting the Common Core math and language arts standards. The group has raised $46 million since 2007.

By Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” back to back. Why not?

That’s what kids participating in the Miami Music Project (MMP) said when they performed the pieces to an nearly full house at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana Thursday afternoon.

The first time some students learn about finances is during a high school economics class. Others learn by trial and error, but one program in the Tampa Bay area already has a  history of helping  students get an early start on making sense of their finances.

Here in central Pinellas County, just like any community in America, it’s early morning and everyone is beginning to show up for work.

Buses are unloading and students are heading  to  businesses like Verizon, Duke Energy and CVS Pharmacy which are getting ready to open.