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4:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Woodley Elementary third grade students write their names into newly donated dictionaries at the school.
Eric J. Shelton Hattiesburg American

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 8:15 am

In Taneka Hawkins' classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It's busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

"The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it's kind of hard when it is more than 20," Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. "I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size."

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News
4:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

'Murph the Surf' Shares Story of Redemption with USF Students

Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talks to USF criminology students
Mark Schreiner WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:57 am

Watching Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy talk to a University of South Florida criminology class, two things are apparent: the man is incredibly charming and he makes sure he knows his audience.

"Some of you don't know who I am," he said, pausing to flash a smile. "Ask your grandma!"

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State Testing
10:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Your Guide To The Florida Standards Assessments

This reading test question asks students to drag items which correctly answer the question into the box.
Credit Screen shot / Florida Department of Education

We're taking this week to help parents and students understand the new Florida Standards Assessments, which students will take for the first time beginning in March.

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StateImpact Florida
12:08 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Meet Florida's New Statewide Test

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

This spring, Florida students will take a brand new test tied to the state’s new math, reading and writing standards.

This is the test that replaces the FCAT. It's known as the Florida Standards Assessment, and it’ll be online.

What’s on the test won’t be the only thing different about the exam. Students will also find new types of questions.

We gathered your questions about the new exam from our Public Insight Network. Here’s what you you wanted to know -- and what it’ll mean for students and schools.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Florida Roundup: Acting On Immigration

Viviana Ivalo, from Argentina, celebrates after hearing President Obama announce his executive action on immigration at the Florida Immigrant Coalition in Miami, on Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Alexia Fodere / For the Miami Herald

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's big news affecting the Sunshine State among a panel of journalists. 

Immigration Reform

President Obama announced his executive action plans on immigration Thursday night. Under his plan, it would defer deportation for parents of U.S. citizens if they have resided here at least five years. The announcement was met with mixed reviews by the immigrant community.  

Violence at FSU

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South Florida BrewFest
1:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How FIU Is An Incubator For Brewers, Even Without A Beer Program

Matthew Weintraub teaches classes at FIU's beer academy.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University doesn't offer a degree in beer brewing. There isn't even a degree in beverage management (although there's a minor).

But earlier this year, FIU became the only school in South Florida with a brewing lab.

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Education
12:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Special Truck Delivers Auto Shop Class To Broward High Schools

Broward Technical Colleges' Automotive Mobile Lab visits four Broward high schools weekly for three-hour sessions in vehicle maintenance.
Credit Christine DiMattei

In many secondary schools nationwide, classes in vehicle maintenance are falling prey to the same kind of budget cuts eliminating art, music and phys-ed from the curriculum.

But instructors in Broward County have found a way to take automotive classes on the road -- and pull them right up to the school door.

The Automotive Mobile Lab -- about the size of an 18-wheeler -- was designed by the staff of Broward Technical Colleges and was modeled on the kind of trailers used in NASCAR races.

 

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StateImpact Florida
11:17 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Florida Teachers Consider 'Civil Disobedience' To Say No To Testing

Miramar High School teacher David Ross says testing has taken more and more time away from teaching. He refused to administer an FCAT make-up exam in protest.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

In September, Alachua County kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles refused to give a state reading test.

She told the parents of her students it was an act of civil disobedience.  The Florida Department of Education later suspended the exam for this year.

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Education
12:07 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Three Questions With State Sen. John Legg About His Technology Summit

State Sen. John Legg is gathering experts from schools, the technology industry, business and universities to talk about helping Florida schools integrate more technology.
Credit jaredearle / Flickr

Today in Tampa, lawmakers, superintendents, businesspeople and state university staff will gather to talk about using technology in Florida classrooms. The summit was the idea of Senate Education chairman John Legg, R-Trinity. We asked him what he wanted to accomplish:

You are gathering some school and education leaders together… to talk about school technology. Why are you doing this and what do you hope to learn?

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StateImpact Florida
12:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

"Ballin' On A Budget": How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

Some of the books in Daniel Dickey's classroom library.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there's no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student's interest in reading.

Instead, he says he asks questions and listens.

"I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?" Dickey says. "Why do you come to school? Why are you here every day?"

He asks them about their plans, their dreams.

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News
10:18 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Saint Leo Takes on Transitioning Veterans

Standing next to the 'teacher statue at Saint Leo Unviersity is Tedd "Gunny" Weiser, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant and interim director of Veteran Student Services.
Bobbie O'Brien WUSF Public Media

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 12:59 pm

It’s difficult to define today’s military veteran. But there is one thing they have in common - they don’t like being painted with the same broad brush.

“Just because I’m a veteran, particularly me because I’m a Marine, a combat Marine, don’t think you know my political affiliation, my beliefs, my values,” said Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, short for Gunnery Sergeant. “There is a label and we want to shed that, we want people to know that we are our own person.”

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