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12:06 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Biggest Florida Education Stories of 2013

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is under criticism resigned his post on August 1. Pam Stewart was chosen to replace Bennett.
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Here’s our pick for the biggest education stories of 2013 — a few of which will likely dominate 2014 as well.

TONY BENNETT’S RESIGNATION

Bennett came to Florida in January with a reputation as a rising star among self-proclaimed education reformers and a leading voice for the Common Core English, literacy and math standards fully adopted by 45 states. He also came on the heels of losing his reelection bid as Indiana’s state schools chief to Democrat Glenda Ritz.

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8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

The Best Of StateImpact Florida From 2013

Emma Jane Miller speaks against Common Core State Standards in October. She said standards developed with support from private groups is education without representation.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

From Common Core, to Florida's next standardized test and changes to high school graduation requirement, education was a top story time and again this year.

Here's a selection of some of our most important, interesting and favorite education stories of 2013.

Click on the headlines to read the full story and listen to the broadcast versions.

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StateImpact Florida
3:17 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Test Results Compare Hillsborough, Miami-Dade To Other Large Districts

Brickell Skyline from the Miami River
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  New testing data shows Hillsborough County schools beat the performance of other large urban school districts in math and reading. Miami-Dade fourth grade readers outscored other large urban districts, but were on par in eighth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade math.

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StateImpact Florida
3:03 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

As The GED Goes Online, Companies Develop Print Alternatives

Two companies have designed alternatives to the GED. Those new tests still allow students to take a pencil and paper version.
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As the GED prepares for a major overhaul in January, a growing number of states are trying a new class of tests designed as alternatives to the GED.

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StateImpact Florida
1:40 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades

Bartow High in Polk County.
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Nearly half of Florida high schools -- 48 percent -- earned an A grade on the state's report card, according to a report Florida Department of Education released Wednesday.

That's up from 31 percent of high schools earning a top grade two years ago. More than 80 percent of Florida high schools earned an A or B grade. No Miami-Dade or Broward County schools earned Fs.

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StateImpact Florida
8:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Jacksonville School Board Rejects KKK-Affiliated School Name

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In 1959, Forrest High was named for Nathan Bedford Forrest — the Civil War general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

After more than a half century of controversy, Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville is looking for a new name.

But Monday night, on the recommendation of Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, the Duval County School Board voted unanimously to rename the high school.

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StateImpact Florida
9:54 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

After The KKK: The Future -- And History -- Of Jacksonville's Forrest High

Brothers Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary attend the school that will no longer be named Nathan B. Forrest High School
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

When Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary walked to school on Tuesday morning, the brothers were headed to the same classrooms, to sit next to the same students, in a building with the same façade it had on Monday.

But it was not the same school they had gone to the day before.

“It’s a relief to me to know the school name had changed. I was thinking about it: How do we have a KKK leader’s name for our school?” Jones says.

“Things are changing around this school,” says McCreary.

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StateImpact Florida
10:26 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Studying Fine Arts Benefits Students, But Educators Want To Know Which Ones

Allison Rojas is a senior at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami
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When Allison Rojas looks at a painting by Alice Neel, the high-school junior sees more than a seated woman in a purple sari.

“She uses very bold lines as you can see,” says Rojas. “Very fleshy paintings.”

Rojas has an eye that’s been trained in fine-arts classes at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High. DASH is an arts magnet — consistently ranked among the country’s top public schools — and every year, Rojas and her classmates take a field trip with the school to Art Basel, where she gets to see works like Neel’s "Woman."

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StateImpact Florida
1:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott Really Wants Florida School Districts To Spend Teacher Money

School districts must come up with their own distribution plans for teacher raises.

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 8:53 am

School districts must come up with their own distribution plans for teacher raises.

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StateImpact Florida
8:11 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Changing GED Adds New Problems To An Old Test

Uzelea Evans, right, and Cynthia Williams, left, talk with GED teacher Travis McGinnis at Metropolitan Ministries. The GED is changing in January, and McGinnis said his students have been planning since September whether to take the old test or the new GED.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Uzelea Evans has had a tough run recently.

Her unemployment payments have been hung up for six weeks because of the state’s new online system. And the mother of five lost her Tampa housing and has to move out next month.

But she’s working hard toward some good news in a classroom at Metropolitan Ministries – passing the GED exam.

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StateImpact Florida
9:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Florida Teachers Earn Top Ratings In 2012-2013 School Year

Sarasota County math teacher Brenda Fuoco.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

  Nearly 98 percent of Florida teachers earned a top rating, according to initial statewide teacher evaluation data released Tuesday, a slight increase over last year's results.

About one-third of teachers earned the top rating of "highly effective," up from 23 percent of teachers last year. About 66 percent were rated "effective," the largest category this year.

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StateImpact Florida
6:07 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Florida Students Struggle On International Exam

The PISA exam is given to 15-year-olds once every three years.

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 2:11 pm

The PISA exam is given to 15-year-olds once every three years.

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StateImpact Florida
11:19 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

In Immokalee, Parents Promise To Speak Spanish With Their Children

Immokalee Community School offers classes to help parents encourage bilingual children.
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To get into Florida colleges and universities you have to have studied — or be able to speak — a second language. But Florida students don’t have to take foreign language classes to graduate from high school.

So in a part of the state where most families already speak a second language, Immokalee Community School is leaning on parents to make sure their children stay bilingual. As a condition of their children attending the school, every parent has signed a contract to speak Spanish with their kids for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

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StateImpact Florida
1:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Crist Says Education And Economy Most Important Issues In Governor Race

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:00 pm

Education and the economy will be the most important issues in Florida’s governor race.

That’s what Democratic candidate — and former Republican governor — Charlie Crist told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Monday.

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StateImpact Florida
7:28 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies

Broward County Public Schools are being honored for their anti-bullying policies.
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The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.

Equality Florida recognized the school district at its annual gala this weekend. Broward was specifically recognized for its policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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