Education http://blog.wlrn.org en Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/remembering-fcat-1995-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat/" target="_blank">Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test</a> is dying, say Florida education officials. By this time next year, the </span>FCAT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be replaced with a new, Common Core-aligned assessment.</span></p><p>FCAT was born in 1995 in the humid June of a Tallahassee summer.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:56 +0000 Sammy Mack 30678 at http://blog.wlrn.org Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014 Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point http://blog.wlrn.org/post/checking-education-bills-florida-legislature-reaches-halfway-point <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The 2014 Florida legislative session reached the halfway point last week, so we thought we’d check in on some of the big education bills.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:26:07 +0000 John O'Connor & Sammy Mack 30391 at http://blog.wlrn.org Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-watches-new-york-parents-organize-against-common-core-tests <p style="font-size: 14.44444465637207px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 23.33333396911621px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px;">The&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/04/parents-teachers-rally-against-common-core-tests-in-brooklyn/" style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5; color Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:02:34 +0000 John O'Connor 30385 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests Students Battle It Out In Fort Lauderdale Robotics Competition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/students-battle-it-out-fort-lauderdale-robotics-competition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has been putting an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education. And with <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/?s=STEM" target="_blank">STEM</a>, comes tests -- and competitions.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The South Florida Regional <a href="http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics Competition </a>is happening through Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. FIRST is an acronym -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:01:30 +0000 Lisann Ramos 30277 at http://blog.wlrn.org Students Battle It Out In Fort Lauderdale Robotics Competition Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-police-support-common-core-standards-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids </span><a href="http://www.fightcrime.org/wp-content/uploads/FCIK-FL-Common-Core1.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">released a position paper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last week in favor of Florida’s new standards for English language arts and math. The group argues assessments and higher standards can prevent crime.</span></p><p>Here’s the paper’s summary of the connection:</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:46:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 30195 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Police Support Common Core Standards In Florida Gov. Rick Scott Talks Preschool Budgets, Preschoolers Respond http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gov-rick-scott-talks-preschool-budgets-preschoolers-respond <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott visited the Miami Children’s Museum Monday to promote the state’s preschool program.</span></p><p>The governor stood against a backdrop of finger paint and glitter and talked about increasing funding for early learning.</p><p>StateImpact Florida was there. You can listen to the full report:</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:09:54 +0000 Sammy Mack 29725 at http://blog.wlrn.org Gov. Rick Scott Talks Preschool Budgets, Preschoolers Respond Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mining-student-data-keep-kids-dropping-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore Mack </span>Godbee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is reviewing his grades with his mentor, Natasha </span>Santana-Viera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first quarter on </span>Godbee’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report card is littered with Ds and </span>Fs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This quarter, there are more Cs and </span>Bs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He’s got an A in English.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:37:06 +0000 Sammy Mack 29657 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out The Urban League Of Greater Miami Wants 'School Choice' For Liberty City http://blog.wlrn.org/post/urban-league-greater-miami-wants-school-choice-liberty-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Urban League of Greater Miami&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wants parents to consider sending their children to charter schools. The organization&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hosted a town hall in Miami Wednesday night to build support for their idea of "school choice."</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T. Willard Fair is the League's president. He says charter schools abide by &nbsp;contracts promising to produce certain outcomes, and if they fail, the contracts get canceled.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:52:10 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 29186 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Urban League Of Greater Miami Wants 'School Choice' For Liberty City Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal http://blog.wlrn.org/post/follow-state-rejects-miami-jackson-high-schools-grade-appeal <div id="attachment_21604" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/03/3-11-LetterB.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-21604" alt="Miami Jackson High School's grade will remain a B, after the Florida Department of Education rejected the school's challenge." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/03/3-11-LetterB-300x225.jpg" width="300" height="225" / Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:50:24 +0000 John O'Connor 29031 at http://blog.wlrn.org Follow-Up: State Rejects Miami Jackson High School's Grade Appeal President Obama Urges Miami Students To Apply For Federal Aid http://blog.wlrn.org/post/president-obama-urges-miami-students-apply-federal-aid <p class="p1">President Obama told Coral Reef High School students Friday that last year, Florida left one-hundred million dollars in federal&nbsp;pell grants untouched.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A hundred million dollars that could've helped Florida students help pay for college was just left on the table," says the president.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">He says it was the result of Florida's graduating seniors last year who failed to fill out the free federal financial aid form, which was about half.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:48:44 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 28949 at http://blog.wlrn.org President Obama Urges Miami Students To Apply For Federal Aid What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-florida-education-association-looking-during-legislative-session <p>In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott promoted his $18.8 billion budget for education.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But if it were up to Florida Education Association president Andy Ford, there would be even more money going to Florida’s public schools.</span></p><p>The Florida Education Association is the state umbrella group for Florida teachers’ unions. Before the legislative session began, Ford sat down with StateImpact Florida to talk about policy priorities this year.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:24:36 +0000 Sammy Mack 28770 at http://blog.wlrn.org What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session New College Scholarship Fund Raises $25 Million For Undocumented Immigrants http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-college-scholarship-fund-raises-25-million-undocumented-immigrants <div id="attachment_11628" class="wp-caption module image left" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="DREAM Act supporter Estevan Roncancio at a news conference at Miami Dade College. Starting today, undocumented students who came to the country under age 17 can start applying for temporary status in the country under Deferred Action. " href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2012/08/Estevan-Roncancio-e1345069643273.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-11628" alt="DREAM Act supporter Estevan Roncancio at a news conference at Miami Dade College. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:00:02 +0000 John O'Connor 28744 at http://blog.wlrn.org Studies Find Textbooks Are A Poor Match For Common Standards http://blog.wlrn.org/post/studies-find-textbooks-are-poor-match-common-standards <div id="attachment_21525" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/02/2-26-MathTextbook.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-21525" alt="As school districts purchase textbooks and other materials for new standards, two studies find much of what is on the market is a poor match for Common Core." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/flori Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:37:26 +0000 John O'Connor 28576 at http://blog.wlrn.org Studies Find Textbooks Are A Poor Match For Common Standards Why 'Less Is More' For A Rural Florida School Preparing For Common Core http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-less-more-rural-florida-school-preparing-common-core <div id="full_story"> <div id="attachment_21502" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Casi Adkinson, a teacher at West Defuniak Elementary listens as a student explains her answer during morning group work. " href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/02/2-24-CasiAdkinson.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-21502" alt="Casi Adkinson, a teacher at West Defuniak Elementary listens as a student explains her answer during morning group work. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:07:37 +0000 editor 28438 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why 'Less Is More' For A Rural Florida School Preparing For Common Core Cursive Writing Is Just One Casualty Of Common Core And Modern Education http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cursive-writing-just-one-casualty-common-core-and-modern-education <p></p><p>Every October, high-school students across the country take the PSAT, or Practice SAT, a standardized test developed by <a href="https://www.collegeboard.org/" target="_blank">College Board</a> that provides high school students a chance to enter scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.</p><p>But, it wasn’t the algebraic equations that terrified the kids. It was the cursive.&nbsp;</p><p>Seriously.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:32:38 +0000 Neyda Borges 23895 at http://blog.wlrn.org Cursive Writing Is Just One Casualty Of Common Core And Modern Education