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5:57 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Students at Coachella Valley Unified School District use iPads during a lesson. The district's superintendent is promoting the tablet initiative as a way to individualize learning.
Coachella Valley Unified School District

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:55 pm

A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new Common Core state standards for math and reading.

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StateImpact Florida
2:49 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

What’s In A Name? Florida Board Of Education Wrestles With What To Call “Common Core”

The Florida State Board of Education meeting took a turn for the theatrical on Tuesday.
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 In all the attention surrounding the Common Core hearings Florida is holding this week, it would have been easy to miss a curious exchange at Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting.

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StateImpact Florida
2:44 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

To Thwack Or Not To Thwack; Corporal Punishment Is Not Just Florida’s Dilemma

Corporal punishment, like paddling, is allowed in schools in 19 states.
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Florida is on a shrinking list of states that still allow corporal punishment in schools.

Education Week’s Alyssa Morones looked at how states are grappling with corporal punishment:

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StateImpact Florida
12:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Florida Students Above Average On International Math And Science Tests, Still Trail Top Countries

Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries.

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:43 am

Florida students beat international averages on a math and science test, but still trail top-performing countries.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems

Rep. Schultz posing for celebrity photographer Adam Bouska's noh8campaign.com supporting the GLBT community.
Adam Bouska via twitter.com/RepDWStweets

10/23/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  She chairs the Democratic National Committee. She’s served in the U.S. House nine years and has written FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:  A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s ProblemsWasserman Schultz’s district covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. She’s the mother of three, and is a breast cancer survivor. Tune in for Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm on WLRN.    
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StateImpact Florida
3:24 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Why States Are Creating A Common Definition For English Language Learners

The U.S. Department of Education is prodding states to adopt a common definition for who is an English language learner.

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 11:53 am

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StateImpact Florida
11:27 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Commonwealth of Common Core: What Florida Can Learn From Kentucky

Kentucky is the nation's trailblazer for Common Core math, literacy and English standards.

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 1:28 pm

Kentucky is the nation's trailblazer for Common Core math, literacy and English standards.

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Community Contributor
6:30 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Why America Lags The World In Education, Workforce Training

Credit College Board

The American education system seems to be in perpetual crisis. Despite nearly 15 years of education reform – and the introduction of an array of tests, curriculum, and new measures of student learning – students are not any better prepared to succeed in college or the workforce.

And the bad news just keeps coming.  

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StateImpact Florida
7:08 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Florida Teachers Caught In The Middle Of Testing Dispute

Nichole Dino and Alexandria Martin, both English teachers at Miami's Carol City Senior High School, say they like Common Core's emphasis on critical thinking. But they hope the new tests won't be biased against low-income students.

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:16 pm

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