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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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Common Core
4:45 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Common Core Math Lessons Designed To Create A "Puzzler's Disposition"

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:18 am

“Boring.”  

“Wah wah wah.”

“Monotone.”

“Confusing.”

That’s how math teachers training in Common Core standards this week near Pensacola described their own childhood math lessons.

These teachers are learning how to make math an interactive, engaging experience for students under the new Common Core State Standards.

They’re were led by Ilea Faircloth, a staff training specialist for Bay County schools.

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Common Core
12:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

How Florida Administrators Are Preparing For Common Core

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 10:30 am

Florida schools have one more academic year to fully get ready for Common Core State Standards.

This new way of teaching is designed to better prepare students for college and a career.

Thousands of teachers are getting help from the Florida Department of Education at training sessions this summer – studying a different way to guide student learning.

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Teaching
7:49 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Florida College Says Education School Rankings Are Inaccurate

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 4:00 pm

A Florida college rated “substandard” in national rankings of education schools said the rankings were “inaccurate and misleading” and rely too much on information obtained on the Internet.

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Teaching
11:32 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Despite Union Lawsuit, Governor Signs 'Partial Fix' For Teacher Evaluations

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 12:57 pm

Florida teachers will no longer be evaluated – and have their pay based on – the performance of students they don’t teach.

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature that should allay some of their concerns.

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Technology
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Visit Sarasota County's Classrooms Of Tomorrow

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:04 pm

We recently told you about the high-tech math and science classrooms in Sarasota County.

That story was this week’s StateImpact Florida feature on state public radio stations.

Listen to the story and check out some of the photos of actress Mayim Bialik working on algebra problems and science experiments with students.

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Digital Classrooms
7:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What We Mean When We Talk About The Digital Divide In Florida

Students at Park Vista Community High School refurbish computers for donation.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s finals week at Park Vista Community High School and a small group of students buzzes over an assembly line of used Dell computers that lie cracked open with all their electronic guts exposed.

Many of the donated computers that Stabio refurbishes in class will be given to families who don’t have computers at home. It’s part of a Palm Beach County program aimed at closing the digital divide.

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Analysis
11:58 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Florida Test Gains Among Nation's Best Since 2003

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 12:27 pm

Florida students had some of the nation’s largest gains between 2003 and 2011 on a key national standardized test, according to a new analysis by Education Sector, a nonpartisan policy research group.

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Education
6:37 am
Mon June 10, 2013

WLRN Teams Up With FIU To Tell Radio Stories In A Digital Age

FIU students work with WLRN staff to produce their own radio reports.
Credit Photo by Doug Garland

The class is gathered around a conference table in the newsroom shared by the Miami Herald and WLRN public radio. On the screen in front of them is a reporter, John O’Connor, connected via Skype. This class often covers how multimedia platforms are taking over newsrooms, so it makes sense that today’s speaker is streaming live from the Internet.

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Digital Classrooms
8:49 am
Mon May 27, 2013

What Florida Schools Can Learn From One Laptop Per Child

First grader Adam Redding and his mother Lyndra Forbes research the parts of a plant on a classroom computer.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s family literacy night at Holmes Elementary School in Liberty City, and first grader Adam Redding is reading a poem about plants while he absentmindedly tips dirt out of a plastic cup and onto a laptop.

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Education Policy
11:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

What Did You Learn In School This Year? Tell Us Your Story

What did you learn in school this year? Tell us!
Credit photostock / freedigitalphotos.net

It was a big year for education policy in Florida.

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Florida Budget
3:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Florida's Education Budget By The Numbers

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 10:02 am

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a budget that’s very different than the one he’s been paying for since he authorized massive education cuts two years ago.

Back then, pundits speculated Scott may have sealed his fate as a one term governor when he proposed a few billion dollars worth of cuts to education. Scott, for his part, seemed surprised by the widespread backlash.

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Education
1:06 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

FAU President Resigns After 'Significant Controversies'

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders resigned effective immediately from her top post at the university. She'll stay on as a member of the faculty.
Credit fau.edu

Mary Jane Saunders has quit.

The president of Florida Atlantic University says bad publicity splashed across national headlines was too much.

Next month would have been Saunders’ three-year anniversary as president.

While the university is showcasing her string of accomplishments, there was no way to get around a spate of missteps in recent months.

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Education
9:54 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Documents Show K12 Struggling With Teacher Quality

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 12:01 am

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have obtained internal emails and a recording of a company meeting that provide new insight into allegations that K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education company, uses teachers in Florida who do not have all of the required state certifications.

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Politics
6:48 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Jeb Bush Is Sticking To His Guns On Parent Trigger Bill

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:47 pm

The Foundation for Florida’s Future isn’t giving up on the parent trigger bill. They’re asking people to announce their support on Twitter and other social media with ready-made post to cut and paste.

The bill — officially titled Parent Empowerment in Education — would give parents more power in choosing how to change a chronically failing school.

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Florida Legislature
3:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Teachers May Receive Raises Sooner Than June 2014

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:04 am

Teachers might not have to wait another year for a raise after all.

Leaders in the Florida Legislature are working on a fix to the education budget that provides $480 million in raises for teachers and other school personnel.

But according to the budget, that money won’t be in paychecks until June 2014.

Lawmakers say a technical fix should get teachers their raises before next year.

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