Education

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King was in Miami on Friday to launch a new national mentorship effort to reduce absenteeism in school. It’s part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative—a White House-supported project to close opportunity gaps among young men of color.

The mentoring initiative is a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Education. Miami is one of 10 launch cities. From the White House announcement:

After School Programs Anticipate Changes in Funding

Feb 9, 2016
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  Long-standing after-school programs in Florida that help thousands of at-risk kids with homework, mentoring and gang prevention could face significant changes in how state funding is distributed to them.  

The state Senate's budget plan would increase funding from $22 million  to  $30 million, making more money available to more groups.

But prominent organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters depend on these funds that have been distributed to them for decades. The proposal would put the money up for grabs.

Kristen M. Clark / Herald/Times

Some Florida teachers are angry about working conditions. They made that known the first week of the legislative session when a couple thousand of them showed up in Tallahassee to get lawmaker's attention. Some of the biggest issues raised included: too much testing vouchers low pay and there's more. And those same issues have also led to another problem a shrinking teacher workforce.

Lawmakers Back Requiring School Recess

Jan 27, 2016

A House education panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would require school districts to provide 100 minutes of recess each week in elementary schools.

Physics is the most  fundamental of sciences; it's an essential stepping stone for  careers in engineering or science. But around the country, fewer than 40 percent of high school students take a physics class. In Florida , that number is much lower -- only about a quarter of high school students take physics. Experts say that the trend affects the future earning potential of the state's students.

Thousands of parents and children rallied Tuesday against a lawsuit that could end the state’s largest private school voucher program. Protestors gathered in Tallahassee to support the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship.

Cabinet To Get Final Report On Dozier School

Jan 14, 2016

University of South Florida researchers next week will present a final report to Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet about work at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

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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.

Education Report Ranks Florida 30th

Jan 11, 2016
Sarah Gonzalez / StateImpact Florida

  According to an Education Week national report released this morning, Florida ranked 30th in the nation on education quality and was given an overall grade of C-.  That's worse than last year, when the state came in No. 28.

The education newspaper uses three indexes in making up the Quality Counts’ ranking system.

The Chance-for-Success Index combines data from 13 indicators that span a person’s life from cradle to career. Florida ranked 37th with a cumulative grade of a C.

Bahare Khodabande

The Notre Dame de Lourdes School, on the edge of the Haitian border town of Anse-a-Pitres, is a study in contrasts. In the classrooms on one side of the courtyard, children sit in tidy yellow uniforms, in rows, facing their instructors.

On the other side, kids in an assortment of donated clothes push their way in and out of three crowded rooms. One teacher hustles back and forth, trying to maintain some semblance of order.

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