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Common Core
1:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida Supporters And Opponents Race To Explain Common Core

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:26 am

When Gov. Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Tony Bennett met with school superintendents in April, Florida’s new education standards led the questions.

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Testing
1:08 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

PARCC: Florida's Departure Won't Sink Next Generation Test

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:23 pm

Florida Legislative leaders left no wiggle room in last week’s letter to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett: They want Florida to pull out of a multi-state partnership developing a next generation standardized test to (mostly) replace the FCAT.

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Community Contributor
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Florida’s School Grading System Remains Flawed, Parent Says

Carolina Garcia

My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.

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Teaching
8:07 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: A Student, On The Value A Teacher Added

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 2:45 pm

While most of these stories about the values teachers add come from the teacher’s point of view, I thought it would be interesting to hear one from a student.

Benny Rawlings went to a middle school in Miami.

“It was not a great school,” he said. “There were hallways you couldn’t walk down.  You either had to find somewhere to hide or find strength in numbers.”

This environment was part of the reason that Benny joined a gang.

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Digital
7:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hashtag in the Classroom: Can Social Media Improve Education?

Ninety-five percent of teenagers use the Internet and 8 in 10 of them use social media. Can educators find a way to harness that in the classroom?

Thirty years ago parents had to tell their kids to turn off the television and go to sleep.  Today, it’s their mobile phone.  Teenagers are more socially active than ever before, at least virtually.

A Pew Institute Research study on Teens, Social Media and Privacy found that 95 percent of teenagers use the Internet and eight in ten of them use some kind of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter.

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Testing
8:16 am
Thu July 18, 2013

House And Senate Leaders Want Florida Out Of PARCC

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 3:01 pm

Both leaders of Florida’s legislative chambers are asking Education Commissioner Tony Bennett to withdraw from a coalition of states developing a new standardized test.

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Common Core
2:14 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Explaining What Florida's Next Standardized Test Should Cost

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 9:00 am

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Schools
5:48 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

State Board Of Education Approves School Grade "Safety Net"

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 11:40 am

Florida school grades will drop by no more than a single letter grade this year after the State Board of Education approved temporary changes to the school grading system.

But the issue revealed a divide among board members about the value of the state’s school grading system.

Board member Sally Bradshaw said the changes would only protect the self-esteem of adults leading school districts while ignoring students receiving a substandard education. Other board members said the school grading system needed an overhaul.

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Community Contributor
7:41 am
Tue July 16, 2013

After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home

This article, originally published in the Miami Herald, is part of HistoryMiami's Miami Stories project.
Credit historymiami.org

When I arrived in Miami in the early 1970s, I never could imagine that I would end up calling this city home.

We came to Miami after a short stay in Spain. I came with my parents, Isabel and Ramon Santos, and my younger sister, Ana. Like many young children, we were excited about moving into a new place, learning a new language and making new friends.

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Testing
11:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Explaining Florida's Choices For Its Next Standardized Test

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:13 am

In the next few weeks, the man in charge of kindergarten through twelfth grade education in Florida has to answer a multiple choice question: Which standardized test should the state pick to replace the FCAT?

The new test is part of Florida’s move to new, tougher education standards known as Common Core. Students will begin taking the test in 2015.

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said recommending a test is the Florida Department of Education’s top short-term priority.

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Teaching
9:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Classroom Comtemplations: Lessons After The School Day Ends

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 8:30 am

Madame Logan is a retired high school French teacher. She was filled with stories of former students who had contacted her to tell her of the effects she had on them.

Most of these effects were, at best, indirectly related to the French they had learned in her class.

One of her students is now a film critic, and he said the the foreign films he watched on French class trips (this was before DVD players when Madame Logan took students to an actual movie theater near the school) contributed to his career choice.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

ArtServe, Symphony of the Americas, Coral Gables Art Cinema, A Word On Food and Broward Arts

ArtServe

07/12/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the non-profit, ArtServe, greatly helps out South Florida’s artists. President Jaye Abbate has the details. Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts throughout South Florida by The Symphony of the Americas. Film critic, Dan Hudak, talks to founder and president Steven Krams and director Robert Rosenberg about an exciting season for the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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