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Politics
7:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools

Kids won't get their eyes scanned or any other other biometric information collected at school under a bill approved by the Florida Legislature.
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Schools won’t be able to collect the fingerprints or other biometric information of students under a bill approved by the Florida Legislature.

The new requirement is part of a broad package designed to protect kids’ privacy.

When lawmakers in Tallahassee talk about biometrics, they’re talking about hands and eyes being scanned or fingerprints being collected.

For Senator Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, it’s a slippery slope.

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Schools
4:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Miami-Dade Students Aren't Eating Their Free Breakfasts

A new study says low-income students aren't taking advantage of free breakfasts.
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For years, public schools have offered free breakfast and lunch to kids from low-income families. But a new study says only a fraction of those who get their free lunch are eating their free breakfast. In Miami-Dade County, for every 100 students who get free lunch, only 41 are taking advantage of the morning meal.

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Coding in Miami
2:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students

Felecia Hatcher helps a student write an HTML code.
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Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She started the program Code Fever last year to reach that goal.

"Technology will allow [the students] to build their businesses and catapult their ideas much faster and definitely much cheaper," Hatcher says.

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StateImpact Florida
7:36 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Supporters, Opponents Of Florida's Common Education Standards Have Their Say In Tampa

Emma Jane Miller speaks against Common Core State Standards Tuesday. She said standards developed with support from private groups is education without representation.

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:31 pm

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StateImpact Florida
8:17 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Map: How Full-Time Support Staff Jobs Have Changed In Your County Schools

There are fewer custodians and support staff in Florida public schools than there were in 2007.
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A StateImpact Florida analysis of jobs in Florida public schools shows that while full-time staffing is almost back to pre-recession levels, one group of employees hasn’t come back: the support staff.

Since the recession began, Florida’s public school budgets have been hit with more than $2 billion dollars in cuts from state and federal funding, decreased property tax revenue and sequestration.

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StateImpact Florida
10:53 am
Thu September 26, 2013

The Pros And Cons Of Appointing Florida's Schools Chief

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 2:27 pm

Former two-term Education Commissioner Betty Castor.

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Former two-term Education Commissioner Betty Castor.

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StateImpact Florida
2:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Why One Teacher Left The Classroom To Work With Death Row Inmates

A former Miami-Dade teacher says she got little help dealing with the stress of teaching.

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:35 am

A former Miami-Dade teacher says she got little help dealing with the stress of teaching.

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StateImpact Florida
7:51 am
Wed September 4, 2013

What We Learned At Gov. Scott's Education Summit

State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand makes a point at last week's education summit.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:31 pm

State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand makes a point at last week's education summit.

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StateImpact Florida
11:23 am
Thu August 29, 2013

PARCC Multi-State Test Still An Option For Many At Education Summit

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 2:33 pm

Florida's relationship with PARCC is still up in the air.

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Schools
2:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

What's The Goal For Gov. Scott's Education Summit?

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 8:15 am

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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Schools
10:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Three-Day Education Summit Underway In Clearwater

Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho introduces himself at Gov. Rick Scott's education summit.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 2:54 pm

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Schools
6:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Governor's Education Summit Opens In Clearwater

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Educators, business leaders and advocates gathered Monday in Clearwater for a three-day education summit called by Gov. Rick Scott --- but the first day in some ways served to highlight differences between those involved in public schools as the system enters a critical period.

In an early example of the disagreements that could affect the meeting, Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association, highlighted teacher concerns with the state's accountability system, now under siege from several sources.

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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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Back To School
8:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

As Teachers Know, School Is A Home Away From Home

They're all grown up! As they prepare to go off to college in just a few days, these recent graduates came back to their alma mater to talk about it.

My kids are off to college. It is a bittersweet moment. I am – of course – incredibly proud of them. I’m excited for all of the experiences and opportunities that lay before them; but I am also sad, and a little worried, because they will be on their own and so far away from home.

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Common Core
10:24 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New York Scores Drop On Test Tied To Common Education Standards

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 1:44 pm

Educators say the percentage of students meeting state goals on Florida’s math and reading tests will decline after the state switches to new standards known as Common Core.

How bad will it be? Check out the test results released today in New York.

Just 31 percent of New York students in third through eighth grades were proficient on the new math and reading exam. Last year, 65 percent were proficient in math and 55 percent were proficient in English on different exams.

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