Education

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.

Over 25 million Latinos are eligible to vote.

And, each year, that number grows because hundreds of thousands of Latinos turn 18. Hispanics are one of the youngest racial or ethnic groups in the country.

Classes in Miami-Dade and Broward are scheduled as normal. That's the message from the districts after receiving a bomb threat Wednesday night similar to the ones recently made in Los Angeles and New York.

Parents are encouraged to still send their kids to school on Thursday.

The threats came in the form of an email Wednesday night.

Both Miami-Dade and Broward schools reached out to local, state and federal authorities. That's when it was determined that the threat was not credible.

Higher Ed Funding, Teacher Bonuses Move Forward

Dec 4, 2015

Proposals adding performance funding for colleges and universities into law passed House and Senate committees on Thursday, but the legislation faced concerns over university standards and a House-backed plan to reward teachers for their test scores.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

As soon as the fourth and fifth graders at Natural Bridge Elementary were handed the lyrics to "Amazing Grace," they were ready to sing out.

But first, they needed a lesson in the four voice types of a choir – bass, tenor, alto and soprano.

One by one members of the group added their part while the students waited to sing the melody. Finally, it was time to add soprano Sara Guttenberg.

“I really hope she sings the melody,” tenor Patrick Muehleise told the kids.

The students are ready. They join in before the conductor gives them their cue.

The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities jumped last year — in a big way. It's up 10 percent, to roughly 975,000, according to a new report by the Institute of International Education and backed by the State Department.

In 2014-15, China was still the largest source of students with 31 percent of the total. India was in second place with nearly 14 percent. And Indian students were a big reason for the overall jump.

In yet another episode in the ongoing investigations of for-profit colleges, the U.S. Department of Education and California's attorney general say Corinthian Colleges consistently misled students enrolled at two campuses about their chances of getting a job.

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