StateImpact Reporters Sarah Gonzalez (c) and John O'Connor (r) interview Dr. Ken Atwater (l), president of Hillsborough Community College, for a StateImpact Florida piece.
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Tres Whitlock types on the DynaVox tablet that serves as his voice. Whitlock, 17, has cerebral palsy and can't speak on his own. StateImpact Florida reported on the difficulty Whitlock, and other special needs kids, have had trying to enroll in Florida charter schools.
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StateImpact's Sarah Gonzalez found that paddling in Florida schools isn't as antiquated as one might think. Gierrea Bostick, 6, was paddled on his second week of pre-school without the consent of his mom, Tenika Jones.
The U.S. Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to the emotional issue of affirmative action in higher education. The court will once again hear oral arguments on the issue, this time in a case from the University of Texas.
Over the past 35 years, the court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Now, just nine years after its last decision, the justices seem poised to outright reverse or cut back on the previous rulings.
NPR's news-talk program Tell Me Moreis teaming up with StateImpact Florida for an extensive discussion on education in America. After launching an ongoing Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) with leaders in education, teachers, parents and students, the program has jump-started a national dialogue on education.
If there are any undecided voters left in Florida, just weeks before the election, chances are they're educators.
Many say President Obama and Mitt Romney have strong education platforms that differ so subtly it may take a teacher's practiced eye to tell them apart.
"They're both strong on testing and accountability," says Doug Tuthill, who runs a nonprofit in Tampa for low-income K-through-12 students. "They both believe that student achievement should be included in teacher evaluation systems.
Students at DeSoto County High School started the year without their permanent leadership, Spanish or French teachers. In the meantime, Ronnie Padilla — typically a math tutor — is filling in as the substitute. Only he doesn’t speak any French or Spanish.