Education

StateImpact Florida
9:54 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

After The KKK: The Future -- And History -- Of Jacksonville's Forrest High

Brothers Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary attend the school that will no longer be named Nathan B. Forrest High School
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

When Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary walked to school on Tuesday morning, the brothers were headed to the same classrooms, to sit next to the same students, in a building with the same façade it had on Monday.

But it was not the same school they had gone to the day before.

“It’s a relief to me to know the school name had changed. I was thinking about it: How do we have a KKK leader’s name for our school?” Jones says.

“Things are changing around this school,” says McCreary.

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Education
2:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

For Homeless Students, College Enrollment Means A Roof Over Their Heads

Sierra DuBose outside of Lotus House, the shelter where she lives.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

It is college-application season, which means high-school seniors across the country are scrambling to write personal statements, list all their extracurricular activities and take the SATs.

Sierra DuBose is one of those seniors, enrolled at Miami Edison Senior High, but she is also one of almost 7,000 kids in the Miami-Dade public-school system who are homeless. That's about 2 percent of the student population.

Sierra currently lives in a shelter for women called Lotus House, on the edge of Overtown.

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StateImpact Florida
10:26 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Studying Fine Arts Benefits Students, But Educators Want To Know Which Ones

Allison Rojas is a senior at Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

When Allison Rojas looks at a painting by Alice Neel, the high-school junior sees more than a seated woman in a purple sari.

“She uses very bold lines as you can see,” says Rojas. “Very fleshy paintings.”

Rojas has an eye that’s been trained in fine-arts classes at Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High. DASH is an arts magnet — consistently ranked among the country’s top public schools — and every year, Rojas and her classmates take a field trip with the school to Art Basel, where she gets to see works like Neel’s "Woman."

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StateImpact Florida
1:12 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Florida High School Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

Florida's graduation rate has risen for the seventh consecutive year.

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 1:56 pm

Florida's graduation rate has risen for the seventh consecutive year.

Kentigern / Flickr

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StateImpact Florida
1:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott Really Wants Florida School Districts To Spend Teacher Money

School districts must come up with their own distribution plans for teacher raises.

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 8:53 am

School districts must come up with their own distribution plans for teacher raises.

nuchylee / freedigitalphotos.net

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StateImpact Florida
11:47 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Why The GED Is Going Online

Cynthia Williams is studying for the GED. She said she's had to learn how to use a computer to take the new online exam next year.

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 2:39 pm

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StateImpact Florida
8:11 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Changing GED Adds New Problems To An Old Test

Uzelea Evans, right, and Cynthia Williams, left, talk with GED teacher Travis McGinnis at Metropolitan Ministries. The GED is changing in January, and McGinnis said his students have been planning since September whether to take the old test or the new GED.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Uzelea Evans has had a tough run recently.

Her unemployment payments have been hung up for six weeks because of the state’s new online system. And the mother of five lost her Tampa housing and has to move out next month.

But she’s working hard toward some good news in a classroom at Metropolitan Ministries – passing the GED exam.

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StateImpact Florida
9:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Florida Teachers Earn Top Ratings In 2012-2013 School Year

Sarasota County math teacher Brenda Fuoco.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

  Nearly 98 percent of Florida teachers earned a top rating, according to initial statewide teacher evaluation data released Tuesday, a slight increase over last year's results.

About one-third of teachers earned the top rating of "highly effective," up from 23 percent of teachers last year. About 66 percent were rated "effective," the largest category this year.

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StateImpact Florida
6:07 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Florida Students Struggle On International Exam

The PISA exam is given to 15-year-olds once every three years.

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 2:11 pm

The PISA exam is given to 15-year-olds once every three years.

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Books
8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Creating The Public Library For The Future

Credit Miami Book Fair International

Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have a big financial hole to fill. In order to stave off closing branches and laying off dozens of employees, the Miami-Dade County Commission this year raided the library's reserve fund. That will leave an estimated $20 million deficit in the next fiscal year. In order to generate ideas for the library of the future, library director Raymond Santiago has gathered together a task force with "everything on the table." That means the possibility of higher taxes to support public libraries.

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StateImpact Florida
11:19 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

In Immokalee, Parents Promise To Speak Spanish With Their Children

Immokalee Community School offers classes to help parents encourage bilingual children.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

To get into Florida colleges and universities you have to have studied — or be able to speak — a second language. But Florida students don’t have to take foreign language classes to graduate from high school.

So in a part of the state where most families already speak a second language, Immokalee Community School is leaning on parents to make sure their children stay bilingual. As a condition of their children attending the school, every parent has signed a contract to speak Spanish with their kids for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.

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StateImpact Florida
3:34 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What Children's Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy

Congressman John Lewis co-authored March

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:23 pm

Miami Book Fair International brought more than four dozen children’s authors to Florida over the weekend

Sammy Mack / State

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StateImpact Florida
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Florida Superintendents Want To Replace School Grading System

Florida school superintendents are asking lawmakers to extend the switch to Common Core standards and rewrite school grading and teacher evaluation requirements.

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 4:57 pm

Florida school superintendents are asking lawmakers to extend the switch to Common Core standards and rewrite school grading and teacher evaluation requirements.
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Education
7:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Miami Middle Schoolers Hope To Repeat Success In Engineering Contest

A seventh grade student from St. Thomas the Apostle School shows visitors a tabletop city model constructed by last year's Future City team.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is widely considered critical for today’s students. They’ll face challenges of urban life some contemporary leaders are just beginning to understand.

The "E" in STEM is a key component of Future City, a national contest that challenges students to imagine, design and build cities of the future. A team of 11 seventh graders at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Miami is preparing for their local competition.

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StateImpact Florida
1:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Crist Says Education And Economy Most Important Issues In Governor Race

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:00 pm

Education and the economy will be the most important issues in Florida’s governor race.

That’s what Democratic candidate — and former Republican governor — Charlie Crist told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Monday.

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