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Nicole Poulin

What should a school do when parents don’t want their kids to take a standardized test?  Public school students across Florida are in the midst of testing season, and state law says the tests are mandatory; there’s no formal mechanism to “opt out.” But plenty of Florida parents are instructing their children to do just that.

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Next year’s state budget boasts what Governor Scott has called record funding for K-12 education. After deep cuts spurred by the Recession, per-pupil spending, known as FEFP, or Florida Education Finance Program has indeed hit a new high—but not when you account for inflation.

For Working Parents, Spring Break Is No Vacation

Mar 28, 2016
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Both Wanda Gomez’s sons thought the warm weather made it clear where they needed to spend a balmy afternoon last week.“They said, today’s a pool day, but like, we cannot go to pool, because...I have to work,” Gomez says. Such is spring break for a working single mother.

Community Groups Demand Action On School Discipline Reform

Mar 18, 2016
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Churches and community groups from around the city gathered in North Miami Monday night to demand public officials do more to reform discipline practices in local schools.

Digesting The Presidential Debates...In AP Government Class

Mar 11, 2016

In the past, teacher Kevin Mullin always told students that a strong ground game wins elections. Enter Donald Trump, Mullin says, “And we’ve been talking a lot about brokered conventions, and about the role of superdelegates.” Mullin, who teaches AP government at MAST Academy, a science-focused magnet school on Key Biscayne, says this year’s primary has given real-world context to scenarios that his students usually learn only for the sake of the AP exam.

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A man suspected of making bomb threats to two Palm Beach County high schools earlier this year was arrested in Georgia Tuesday. Palm Beach schools have already received more than twice as many violent threats this year as they did all of last school year.

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Currently there are 8,000 Cuban migrants making their way to the United States through Central America.

The Miami-Dade School Board  is making plans for accommodating incoming child migrants who will eventually need to enroll in classes.

Local leaders have not held back their concerns over incoming Cuban migrants from Central America. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado spoke about it at this week's school board meeting.

Classes in Miami-Dade and Broward are scheduled as normal. That's the message from the districts after receiving a bomb threat Wednesday night similar to the ones recently made in Los Angeles and New York.

Parents are encouraged to still send their kids to school on Thursday.

The threats came in the form of an email Wednesday night.

Both Miami-Dade and Broward schools reached out to local, state and federal authorities. That's when it was determined that the threat was not credible.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard: 

Florida Roundup: Miami-Dade Schools And Vaccinations

Feb 20, 2015
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On the Florida Roundup we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists.

Immigration Ruling

Pres. Obama's immigration reform plans were blocked after a federal judge put an order to halt the process. This hold has affected families in South Florida.

Schools 

Miami-Dade Schools Test All Year Long

Sep 2, 2014
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  The testing doesn’t stop.

Out of the 180-day academic year, Miami-Dade County schools will administer standardized tests on every day but eight.

Though not every student will take every test, the number and consequences of testing are facing a growing backlash from parents, teachers and even some district officials.

The Miami Dade School Board on Wednesday will approve its assessment schedule for the next school year — a calendar with dozens of different exams that start at preschool and even eat into summer vacation.

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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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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.

Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students

Jan 20, 2014
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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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