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StateImpact Florida
3:42 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

How Florida Lawmakers Want To Help Schools Get Ready For Digital Lesson

Sarasota County schools partnered with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to upgrade middle school math and science classrooms.
Credit John O'Connor

Florida schools could get more money to upgrade classrooms, purchase new computers, tablets and other technology and train teachers and staff how to use them.

But they'll have to meet new goals set by the Florida Department of Education, submit annual technology plans and document how they're spending the money.

That's according to a bill supported by House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate Education committee chairman John Legg. The two Tampa Bay-area Republicans introduced the bill Friday.

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DJ Mark Leventhal
8:26 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Popular Miami DJ's Family Pushes To Raise Healthcare Funds

Miami's Mark Leventhal is something of a legend in the local DJ community.

“He was the first guy to go from rock to hip-hop, from hip-hop to old school to a dance record," says Miami's DJ Affect. "He was actually one of the only DJs who was able to cross over from being a nightclub guy to the corporate side.”

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StateImpact Florida
7:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Three Questions: Jeb Bush On The State Of Common Core And Testing In Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited a Hialeah charter school for National School Choice Week.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited classrooms, observed students using their iPads, and took questions from a debate class at a high school in Hialeah this week.

His tour of the Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Academy high school — which is the first charter opened with a business association — was part of National School Choice Week.

Bush wrapped up the tour in the debate class by answering questions from journalists so the students could see how a press conference works.

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StateImpact Florida
8:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Scott, Lawmakers Making School Technology A Budget Priority

Both Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers want to spend more money on school technology. The question is the best way to do so.
Credit UTNAPISTIM / Flickr

The chairman of the Senate's education committee said Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers want to spend at least $40 million, and likely more, to upgrade schools' Internet capacity and add new computers, tablets and other digital tools.

Sen. John Legg, R-Port Richey, said education technology is a priority for Scott and both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders.

Legg said $40 million in Scott's proposed budget is a starting point.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Washington, DC
www.csdc.org

01/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the topic of charter schools.  They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida.  There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students.  Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students.  Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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School Discipline
5:48 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How A Broward County School District Is Rethinking Zero-Tolerance Policies

Some school districts are reconsidering their zero tolerance policies.
Credit Sattva / freedigitalphotos.net

In many schools, zero-tolerance discipline policies dictate harsh punishment — expulsion, suspension and arrest — for breaking rules.

But, as StateImpact Florida has been reporting, some districts are reconsidering zero tolerance after concerns about a rise in the number of children arrested on campus.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Coral Gables Museum, Singer/songwriter Mickey Carroll, Miami Arts Cal

Liza Minnelli
www.officiallizaminnelli.com

01/24/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Judith Bishop continues her South Florida museum series with Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum featuring ArtCycle, free Jazz concerts and so much more.

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Bikes As Art
6:30 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Show Commemorates Dead Cyclists With Reconstructed Bikes

Diego Saldaña-Rojas WLRN

Covered in white, synthetic hair, dollar bills, paint or disassembled and wrapped in wire. Those are a few of the ways in which bicycles have been transformed into art pieces for ARTcycle: Bikes Become Art, a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum starting Jan. 23. The creator, cyclist and graphic designer Tachi Llamas, designed the show to commemorate riders who have died on the road.

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Coding in Miami
2:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Entrepeneur Brings Tech Education To Minority Students

Felecia Hatcher helps a student write an HTML code.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

  

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission. She wants to bridge the tech education gap in Florida's schools and give underserved students the chance to become web-based entrepreneurs. She started the program Code Fever last year to reach that goal.

"Technology will allow [the students] to build their businesses and catapult their ideas much faster and definitely much cheaper," Hatcher says.

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School Grades
10:38 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Why Miami Jackson Senior High School Wants Its 'A'

Miami Jackson Senior High wants an A grade
Credit Florida Department of Education / FLDOE.org

Florida’s A-through-F system for school grades has been fraught with controversy.

Supporters say the system is a way of holding schools and districts accountable. Critics worry the formula to calculate the grades doesn’t reflect how well schools really prepare children.

Now one school in Miami-Dade County has been told it probably won’t get the A it says it earned.

StateImpact Florida’s Sammy Mack spoke with the Miami Herald’s David Smiley about why Miami Jackson Senior High doesn’t want to accept a B:

 

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