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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.

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

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StateImpact Florida
10:35 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

What We Learned From A Year Watching Schools Prepare For Florida's New Standards

Darlene Paul, principal of West Defuniak Elementary, speaks to a student during a visit to a third-grade classroom. Paul says she has been impressed with the academic success of young students who have been taught only using the new Florida Standards.
Credit Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report

For the past year the Hechinger Report and StateImpact Florida have taken you into two schools to hear what preparations for Florida’s new Common Core-based standards sound like. The standards outline what students should know in math and language arts. When classes start this fall every grade in every Florida public school will use them. But are schools ready?

Now, we share with you what we've learned along with the Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader.

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StateImpact Florida
6:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

An Everest Institute campus in Boston. Parent company Corinthian Colleges is closing Massachusetts campuses, but selling Florida campuses.
Credit Kirk Carapezza / WGBH

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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StateImpact Florida
9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards

We spoke with a panel of students about Florida's race-based education goals.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 7:15 am

Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.

It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals.

There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.

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StateImpact Florida
9:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

More Schools Earn Failing Grades As Florida Prepares For Common Core Switch

The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:04 pm

The Florida Department of Education has released 2014 school grades for Florida elementary and middle schools.

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StateImpact Florida
5:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has settled Indiana ethics charges that he used state computers for campaign reasons.
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Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.

Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes he sought to Indiana’s school grading formula in 2012.

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Money And Schools
5:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Miami-Dade Schools' Superintendent Would Like To Spend $2.9 Billion

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is working on plans for a $2.9 billion budget.
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The public got a sneak peak of the proposed budget for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at its most recent budget workshop.

It’s not final yet, but the superintendent has sketched out a plan for the $2.9 billion budget.

You can hear more on where school leaders would like the money to go:

And you can see the presentation from the meeting:

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Florida Standards Assessments
4:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Check Out The Practice Questions For The New FCAT Replacement

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The Florida Department of Education has released practice questions for the new assessments that will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next year.

The tests, which are aligned to the new Common Core-based Florida Standards, are available at the Florida Standards Assessments website.  Some questions are similar to what students might have seen on the FCAT—asking test-takers to identify main ideas in a text or figure out a percentage in a word problem.

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Essay
4:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, not all classrooms reflect the dream of desegregation.
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Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago?

That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American History for the first time in one of our nation’s many embarrassingly homogeneous schools. I could not, with a straight face, teach my students that segregation had ended.  They’d think that either they or I didn’t know what the word segregation meant.   

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StateImpact Florida
2:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Summer Boot Camp Might Solve A Ninth Grade Algebra Problem

Dywayne Hinds, Pinellas County schools director of middle school education, is helping target incoming ninth graders for a summer Algebra 1 boot camp.

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 9:57 am

Dywayne Hinds, Pinellas County schools director of middle school education, is helping target incoming ninth graders for a summer Algebra 1 boot camp.
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Change
1:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Nathan B. Forrest High Begins Transition To Westside High

From left, Ben Weaver and Jim Minion of Farm Out Design Services, hold the "W" that will go on the exterior of soon-to-be Westside High School.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:40 pm

Nathan B. Forrest High School’s physical transformation into Westside High School has begun.

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StateImpact Florida
12:03 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Fill In The Blank: The First Day Of Summer Is Like _____.

This is what the first day of summer feels like for some folks.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:25 am

This is what the first day of summer feels like for some folks.

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Broward Bond
5:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Broward School Board Asks Voters For $800 Million Bond

The $800 million would go towards school renovations and technology upgrades.
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Broward County voters will have a big decision to make about school funding in November.

The School Board of Broward County School approved a resolution to put a bond vote on the fall ballot.

Broward schools are asking for $800 million — most of which will go towards school renovations and technology upgrades, says Superintendent Robert Runcie.

The school district has to overcome a reputation damaged by a history of mismanagement and corruption.

You can hear more here:

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Brown V. Board of Education
11:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Desegregation Was Like In Miami

Miami-Dade County schools were some of the first in Florida to desegregate.
Credit Marlin Levison / Miami Herald

Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools were inherently unequal — turns 60 years old this year.

Earlier this week, we brought you memories from students and teachers who were there in the early days of desegregation.

And now, with decades of perspective, here are some of the things they learned from integration:

"You don't get black or white from kids"

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Arts Education
1:55 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

How An Arts Program Is Changing A School's Culture

Leslie Augustin, 13, an eighth-grade student in the guitar class, gets individual attention from Jonathan De Leon, founder of the guitar program at the school.
Credit Daniel Bock / Miami Herald

Correction: An earlier version of this story identified Michael Kamen as the director of the the film, Mr. Holland's Opus. He in fact is the composer who wrote the film score.

When Jonathan De Leon left his home state of New Jersey to teach at North Miami Middle School in 2007, he immediately saw possibility — both in the school and the students.

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StateImpact Florida
11:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

How A Conflict In Florida Policies Means The End Of A Student Help Desk

Students man a computer help desk at Ocoee High School and assist classmates. The school has to end the program because of a state requirement for end-of-course exams.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

A recurring theme in Florida education is that policies intended to address separate issues can and do conflict with each other.

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