Education

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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Elevation Zero
8:10 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Having 'The Talk' About Sea-Level Rise With Kids

Alejandra, an elementary-school student, exercises what she learns about sea-level rise by clearing litter from the beach.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

  Earlier this week, we looked at how kids who live in coastal Florida learn about sea-level rise. They witness it all around them: on television, in school, sometimes in their front yards.

Even so, big, landscape-changing events in nature can be tough for children to understand.

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StateImpact Florida
7:28 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Broward Schools Recognized For LGBT Anti-Bullying Policies

Broward County Public Schools are being honored for their anti-bullying policies.
Credit ANANKKML / FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET

The Broward County Public School district has been honored for its anti-bullying policies.

Equality Florida recognized the school district at its annual gala this weekend. Broward was specifically recognized for its policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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School Standards
1:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Criser: Common Core Is Good For Business And Florida's Economy

AT&T Florida president Marshall Criser III argues Common Core State Standards are good for business.

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 11:57 am

AT&T Florida president Marshall Criser III argues Common Core State Standards are good for business.

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Elevation Zero
7:01 am
Wed November 13, 2013

How South Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise

Students with MAST at FIU collect mangrove propagules for a restoration project.
Credit Sammy Mack / WLRN

Standing at the water’s edge on Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus, Nicholas Ogle shows a crowd of teenagers what looks like a giant, rotten green bean.

“We don’t want any mushiness anywhere, especially at the top,” he says, then chucks the specimen to the side.

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StateImpact Florida
7:33 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What Florida’s Graduation Rates Say About Opportunity In Our State

National trends: The Opportunity Index measures factors that contribute to quality of life, like graduation rates and access to early learning.
Credit Opportunity Nation / OpportunityNation.org

Florida doesn’t offer as much opportunity to its young people as other states do, according to new research from Opportunity Nation.

The bipartisan organization compiles an index of community characteristics to measure how people’s zip codes affect their quality of life.

The index includes measure such as access to early learning, violent crime rates and graduation rates.

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StateImpact Florida
11:31 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Florida Scores On National Test Improve, But Eighth Graders Still Trail National Average

Florida students improved their scores on all four sections of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but eighth graders still trail the national average.

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 9:19 am

Florida student scores improved on a key national standardized test, including some of the largest eighth grade reading and math gains in the country.

But Florida eighth graders still trail the national average in math, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.

Florida eighth graders scored an average of 281, on a 500-point scale, in math and 266 in reading. The national average was 284 in math and 266 in reading.

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Education
1:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Broward County School Board Signs Agreement Aimed At Reducing On-Campus Arrests

The Broward County Public School Board aims to decrease the rate of arrests in public schools.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

The Broward County School board teamed up with a group of community partners Tuesday to sign a collaborative agreement on school discipline. The agreement, first of its kind, establishes new guidelines for handling non-violent misdemeanor offenses on school campuses, outlining when law enforcement is necessary and when problems can be handled through school resources.

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StateImpact Florida
6:45 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Speakers Defend Jacksonville School Named For KKK’s First Grand Wizard

Nathan Bedford Forrest was the Confederate general who oversaw the Fort Pillow Massacre.
Credit New York Public Library

A petition to change the name of Jacksonville’s Nathan B. Forrest High School—whose namesake was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—has reached more than 160,000 names.

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