education

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Background of Common Core State Education Standards

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JOHN O'CONNOR StateImpact Florida

12/02/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the controversy and background of Common Core State Education Standards. Backers say they are benchmarked to international criteria and will keep US competitive with students from other countries.  Three of four teachers feel the Core Standards will help students, particularly those who wish to be college-ready. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1 pm.

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StateImpact Florida
11:19 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

In Immokalee, Parents Promise To Speak Spanish With Their Children

Immokalee Community School offers classes to help parents encourage bilingual children.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

To get into Florida colleges and universities you have to have studied — or be able to speak — a second language. But Florida students don’t have to take foreign language classes to graduate from high school.

So in a part of the state where most families already speak a second language, Immokalee Community School is leaning on parents to make sure their children stay bilingual. As a condition of their children attending the school, every parent has signed a contract to speak Spanish with their kids for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

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StateImpact Florida
3:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What Children's Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy

Congressman John Lewis co-authored March

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:23 pm

Miami Book Fair International brought more than four dozen children’s authors to Florida over the weekend

Sammy Mack / State

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StateImpact Florida
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Florida Superintendents Want To Replace School Grading System

Florida school superintendents are asking lawmakers to extend the switch to Common Core standards and rewrite school grading and teacher evaluation requirements.

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:57 pm

Florida school superintendents are asking lawmakers to extend the switch to Common Core standards and rewrite school grading and teacher evaluation requirements.
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The Sunshine Economy
8:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Philanthropy In Education: Help Getting Started

Donor May Jean Wolff meets Thamara Jean, a recipient of Broward College's Wolff scholarship.
Credit Tom Hudson / WLRN

Giving for educational purposes is a popular choice. It's second only to religious donations. According to Giving USA, Americans donated $41.3 billion to educational institutions in 2012. That is a 7-percent increase from the previous year.

May Jean Wolff and her husband Lou have been part of the Fort Lauderdale community since the 1950s. As Lou's career as an architect flourished, the two wanted to give back. They started by donating money for scholarships to Broward College.

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Education
7:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Miami Middle Schoolers Hope To Repeat Success In Engineering Contest

A seventh grade student from St. Thomas the Apostle School shows visitors a tabletop city model constructed by last year's Future City team.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is widely considered critical for today’s students. They’ll face challenges of urban life some contemporary leaders are just beginning to understand.

The "E" in STEM is a key component of Future City, a national contest that challenges students to imagine, design and build cities of the future. A team of 11 seventh graders at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Miami is preparing for their local competition.

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StateImpact Florida
1:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Crist Says Education And Economy Most Important Issues In Governor Race

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:00 pm

Education and the economy will be the most important issues in Florida’s governor race.

That’s what Democratic candidate — and former Republican governor — Charlie Crist told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Monday.

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StateImpact Florida
7:28 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies

Broward County Public Schools are being honored for their anti-bullying policies.
Credit ANANKKML / FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET

The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.

Equality Florida recognized the school district at its annual gala this weekend. Broward was specifically recognized for its policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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Education
1:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Broward County School Board Signs Agreement Aimed At Reducing On-Campus Arrests

The Broward County Public School Board aims to decrease the rate of arrests in public schools.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

The Broward County School board teamed up with a group of community partners Tuesday to sign a collaborative agreement on school discipline. The agreement, first of its kind, establishes new guidelines for handling non-violent misdemeanor offenses on school campuses, outlining when law enforcement is necessary and when problems can be handled through school resources.

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Advanced Placement
9:24 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Miami-Dade Wins Top College Board Award For AP Classes

Credit StateImpact Florida

Miami-Dade schools has earned top honors for successfully expanding access to tough, college-level courses while improving passing scores, the College Board announced Monday.

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StateImpact Florida
10:26 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How Florida College Majors Are About To Get Meta

Florida lawmakers created meta-majors to give students a more defined track toward a college degree.

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:20 pm

Florida lawmakers created meta-majors to give students a more defined track toward a college degree.

Trebz / Flickr

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StateImpact Florida
7:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

More Pressure On Advisers As Florida Colleges Eliminate Remedial Courses

A new law eliminating most required remedial courses means college advisers must meet with new and returning students to determine if they are eligible to skip the classes.

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:43 pm

A new law eliminating most required remedial courses means college advisers must meet with new and returning students to determine if they are eligible to skip the classes.
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Education
3:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Miami-Dade Teachers To Vote On Contract, Raises

Teachers and police officers in Miami recently protest Gov. Rick Scott's budget cuts.
Credit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Thousands of Miami-Dade teachers will cast ballots Oct. 30 in a ratification vote on a tentative contract agreement hashed out this month between district negotiators and the United Teachers of Dade.

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StateImpact Florida
5:14 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Why Remedial Classes Are No Longer Required At Florida Colleges

Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus.

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:33 am

Khadejah Gilbert found out she wasn’t quite ready for higher education when she enrolled in Hillsborough Community College.

She's one of many students who had to take brush up in basic subjects before starting her associate of arts degree in liberal arts.

The classes cost money, but don’t come with any credit

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StateImpact Florida
4:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Read Florida's New Law Making Remedial College Courses Voluntary

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:40 pm

Students in a remedial class at Miami-Dade College.

Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

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