charter schools http://blog.wlrn.org en The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-cuba-changes-does-us-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:37:53 +0000 Elaine Chen 34656 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy? About That Charter School Funding Study... http://blog.wlrn.org/post/about-charter-school-funding-study <div id="attachment_22084" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Do traditional district schools receive more money than charter schools? A Rutgers University researcher says the gap is not as big when you compare actual expenses." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2014/05/5-20-CoinStacks.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-22084" alt="Do traditional district schools receive more money than charter schools? Wed, 21 May 2014 18:56:48 +0000 John O'Connor 32719 at http://blog.wlrn.org About That Charter School Funding Study... Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership http://blog.wlrn.org/post/education-bills-highlight-differences-among-republican-leadership <p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:29:41 +0000 Elaine Chen 31345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor http://blog.wlrn.org/post/charter-schools-ceo-started-janitor <p></p><p>Jon Hage heads the for-profit charter school management company, <a href="http://www.charterschoolsusa.com/" target="_blank">Charter Schools USA (CSUSA)</a>, based in Fort Lauderdale. The company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country, including Florida.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Elaine Chen 29920 at http://blog.wlrn.org Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor Medical Marijuana, Speed Limits And Social Media Privacy On Senator's Agenda http://blog.wlrn.org/post/medical-marijuana-speed-limits-and-social-media-privacy-senators-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s27" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is sponsoring bills to help tackle violations of the Do Not Call list and give employees and job applicants more social media privacy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clemens also wants higher speed limits – he admits he’s a speeder – and he still likes red-light cameras, even though he’s been ticketed by one.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:28:11 +0000 Gina Jordan 27715 at http://blog.wlrn.org Medical Marijuana, Speed Limits And Social Media Privacy On Senator's Agenda Three Questions: Jeb Bush On The State Of Common Core And Testing In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/three-questions-jeb-bush-state-common-core-and-testing-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px;">Former </span>Gov<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 26.666667938232422px;">. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:47:28 +0000 Sammy Mack 27219 at http://blog.wlrn.org Three Questions: Jeb Bush On The State Of Common Core And Testing In Florida The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools http://blog.wlrn.org/post/history-pros-cons-charter-schools <p></p><p>01/27/14 - Monday’s&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> examines the topic of charter schools. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida.&nbsp; There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 27022 at http://blog.wlrn.org The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pitbull-mr-education-rapper-opens-charter-school-miami Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.<p>The <a href="http://www.slammiami.com/" target="_blank">Sports Leadership And Management Academy (SLAM)</a>, Pitbull's new public charter school for students in grades six through 12, opened this fall in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:35:38 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22181 at http://blog.wlrn.org Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami Not Just Florida's Problem: New York City Charter Schools Have Fewer Children With Disabilities http://blog.wlrn.org/post/not-just-floridas-problem-new-york-city-charter-schools-have-fewer-children-disabilities <div id="attachment_20250" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 300px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Students with disabilities are less likely to be students at charter schools." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/Praisaeng.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-20250" alt="Students with disabilities are less likely to be students at charter schools." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/Praisaeng-300x199.jpg" width="300" height="199" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">Praisaeng / freedigitalphotos.net<p><p class="wp-caption-text">Studen Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:29:54 +0000 21465 at http://blog.wlrn.org Not Just Florida's Problem: New York City Charter Schools Have Fewer Children With Disabilities The Sunshine Economy: Profit Or Performance? Charter Public Schools http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-profit-or-performance-charter-public-schools <p></p><p>Jon&nbsp;Hage may be one of the most important school leaders you probably have never heard of. No one elected him to a school board or hired him as a superintendent.</p><p>But his company, Charter Schools USA based in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the fastest growing charter school operators. It runs more than a dozen schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and has expanded to a half dozen more states.</p><p><a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-education"><strong>RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education</strong></a></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 19326 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Profit Or Performance? Charter Public Schools Parents Seek To Unite Florida's Education Activists http://blog.wlrn.org/post/parents-seek-unite-floridas-education-activists A loose-knit network of education activists generally opposed to the direction Florida has been taking its schools recently is attempting to organize into a more potent political force.<p>The groups include parents, people who want more state funding for schools, and others who are fed up with the brand of testing-based school accountability that Florida has become famous for. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:54:58 +0000 11966 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn't Expect An Even Playing Field http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-senate-president-says-teachers-shouldnt-expect-even-playing-field Supporters say <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2013/02/07/read-the-florida-house-of-representatives-big-charter-school-bill/">the charter school bill</a> that has a good chance of passing Florida’s Republican controlled Legislature this year will better regulate charters and expand choices for parents.<p>One thing the bill won’t do is <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/senate-bill-736/">require the same evaluations for charter school teachers</a> as traditional public school teachers.<p>Charters schools which do not participate in the federal Race to the Top program do Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:51:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 9570 at http://blog.wlrn.org Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks http://blog.wlrn.org/post/killings-safe-spaces-girls-death-takes-its-place-among-south-florida-school-attacks <p></p><p>Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe boarded the school bus with a loaded gun in his backpack. He pulled it out, it went off and fatally wounded fellow student Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13.</p><p>Miami-Dade police say the shooting on a charter school bus in Homestead was an accident. Howe was charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm. He spent the night at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.</p><p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:11:43 +0000 Rick Stone 5096 at http://blog.wlrn.org Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks School Board Member Says Her Special Needs Daughter Was Forced To Leave A Charter School http://blog.wlrn.org/post/school-board-member-says-her-special-needs-daughter-was-forced-leave-charter-school <p>Earlier this month,&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2011/12/14/no-choice-florida-charter-schools-failing-to-serve-students-with-disabilities/"><strong><u>an investigation by StateImpact Florida</u></strong></a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<em>Miami Herald</em>&nbsp;revealed that most Florida charter schools are not enrolling students with severe disabilities, like autism or cerebral&nbsp;palsy.</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:00:07 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 2127 at http://blog.wlrn.org School Board Member Says Her Special Needs Daughter Was Forced To Leave A Charter School Can Charter Schools Legally Turn Away Kids With Severe Disabilities? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-charter-schools-legally-turn-away-kids-severe-disabilities <p>This month,&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/tag/disabled-in-florida-charters/"><strong><u>an investigation by StateImpact Florida</u></strong></a>&nbsp;revealed that more than 86% of Florida charter schools don’t serve a single student with a severe disability, compared to half of traditional public schools.</p><p>State education officials say no school is required to take every student with every disability. But lawyers are divided on whether charter schools can legally turn kids&nbsp;away.</p><p>No one person decides where a student with disabilities can go to school.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gonzalez 2125 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Charter Schools Legally Turn Away Kids With Severe Disabilities?