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StateImpact Florida puts education policy to the test.
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WLRN is proud to partner with WUSF in Tampa, WJCT in Jacksonville and NPR to bring you StateImpact Florida, a project that provides deep, multimedia coverage how education issues affect people’s lives here in the Sunshine State.

Recent topics on StateImpact Florida include:

For daily coverage of education in the Sunshine State, visit StateImpact Florida.

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Obituary
7:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014

Florida students sit through their last FCAT this year.
Credit Photo by Norm Robbie (Flickr) / Illustration by Sammy Mack

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the FCAT will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.

FCAT was born in 1995 in the humid June of a Tallahassee summer.

The Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability under Gov. Lawton Chiles gave birth to the test. It was part of a series of recommendations that were meant to give local districts more control and a better sense of how their schools were doing.

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StateImpact Florida
9:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point

The 2014 Florida legislative session has reached the halfway point.
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The 2014 Florida legislative session reached the halfway point last week, so we thought we’d check in on some of the big education bills.

THE BUDGET

The House, Senate and Gov. Rick Scott mostly agree on education spending based on their proposed budgets.

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Common Core
6:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests

Parents at a Brooklyn school opt out of state tests earlier this week.
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The civil disobedience taking place during New York's statewide testing season may offer a preview of what's to come when Florida unveils new Common Core-tied tests next year.

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StateImpact Florida
4:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida

Chief Ian Moffett of Miami-Dade County Public Schools supports the state's new standards.

National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a position paper last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.

Here’s the paper’s summary of the connection:

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Education
6:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott Talks Preschool Budgets, Preschoolers Respond

Rick Scott talked preschool budgets with preschoolers.
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Gov. Rick Scott visited the Miami Children’s Museum Monday to promote the state’s preschool program.

The governor stood against a backdrop of finger paint and glitter and talked about increasing funding for early learning.

StateImpact Florida was there. You can listen to the full report:

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StateImpact Florida
9:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

Natasha Santana-Viera and Mack Godbee talk grades and goals at Miami Carol City Senior High.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore Mack Godbee is reviewing his grades with his mentor, Natasha Santana-Viera.

The first quarter on Godbee’s report card is littered with Ds and Fs. This quarter, there are more Cs and Bs. He’s got an A in English.

“Congratulations on that,” says Santana-Viera. “When you need help, do you know where to go?”

“Straight to y’all,” says Godbee.

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StateImpact Florida
9:50 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal

Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge.

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 7:54 am

Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge.
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Session 2014
12:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session

FEA President Andy Ford
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In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott promoted his $18.8 billion budget for education.

But if it were up to Florida Education Association president Andy Ford, there would be even more money going to Florida’s public schools.

The Florida Education Association is the state umbrella group for Florida teachers’ unions. Before the legislative session began, Ford sat down with StateImpact Florida to talk about policy priorities this year.

Q: Where is FEA on the Common Core State Standards now?

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StateImpact Florida
6:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New College Scholarship Fund Raises $25 Million For Undocumented Immigrants

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:34 pm

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StateImpact Florida
1:37 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Studies Find Textbooks Are A Poor Match For Common Standards

As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core.

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:49 pm

As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core.
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StateImpact Florida
7:07 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Why 'Less Is More' For A Rural Florida School Preparing For Common Core

Casi Adkinson, a teacher at West Defuniak Elementary listens as a student explains her answer during morning group work.

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:53 pm

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StateImpact Florida
11:01 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Study: Not Going To College Will Cost You

The gap in median earnings between those who have graduated college and those who haven't is growing, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 11:42 am

The gap in median earnings between those who have graduated college and those who haven't is growing, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
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StateImpact Florida
1:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Explaining The Proposed Changes To Florida's School Grading Formula

Screenshot from Florida Department of Education proposal.

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 12:17 pm

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has recommended changes to the school grading formula.

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StateImpact Florida
10:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Marco Rubio Wants To Change College

There was a protest outside the hall where Rubio spoke.
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When Sen. Marco Rubio was growing up, his parents gave him an edict:

“From a very early age they used to tell us, ‘tu tienes que estudiar,’ which means, ‘you have to study.’ So growing up I don’t ever recall not considering going to college,” Rubio told an audience at Miami Dade College on Monday.

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StateImpact Florida
7:48 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Core Questions: How Does Common Core Address Poverty?

Experts say they've seen a positive effect in school using Common Core standards. But critics believe the standards are a distraction from the real issues with schools.

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 11:27 am

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