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Cathy Carter

About 115 music students from Seminole Middle School are on stage taking direction from Sarah Charness-- a classically trained violinist who seems more like a rock star. Maybe it’s her hot pink electric violin or the fact that she's played Madison Square Garden, but either way she's grabbed the students’ attention as she coaches them on how to end a song with flourish by raising their bows in the air.  

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On Sunday, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry welcomes its National Hispanic Scientist of the Year. Her name is Dr. Adriana Ocampo. She's the woman who discovered the dinosaur-killing asteroid and lead NASA's Pluto Mission

It’s lunchtime at Jacksonville’s Lee High School, and Principal Scott Schneider walks down the school’s math hall. He says Lee has had its share of teacher vacancies.

How The FCAT Helped Deplete Miami’s High School Marching Bands

Oct 10, 2016

For a week this past summer, the football field at Booker T. Washington High School was home to a marching band larger than any the school itself had seen in years.

Tony Dungy: Dads Play Critical Role In Child's Education

Oct 3, 2016

These days, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy works as an analyst for "NBC Sports' Football Night in America." But he's also the founder of "All Pro Dad," an organization committed to bringing "intentional focus" to fathers. 

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It's homecoming week at Pasco County's Wiregrass Ranch High School. Students were expected to come in costumes, such as Superman one day this week. Three of them came, they said, as ghosts. And nothing happened, that is until school authorities found more information on social media.

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Students perform better in school and have fewer discipline problems when a father or a male role model is engaged in a child's education.

That’s the takeaway from more than one study, as well as the occasion for Wednesday’s "Dads Take Your Child to School Day" observance in Florida.

The statewide initiative aims to highlight the significance of fathers and male role models.

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The Florida Board of Education has approved a budget request for the coming fiscal year.

The proposal also recommends against renewing 49 million dollars for the state's controversial teacher-incentive plan.

More Black Families Are Opting To Homeschool

Sep 26, 2016
Cathy Carter

Homeschooling entered the mainstream in the 1980s and was led largely by white evangelical Christians. Today, the U.S Department of Education says approximately 1.7 million students in the U.S are homeschooled—more than 84,000 of them in Florida.

The fastest growing demographic choosing to leave traditional schools behind are African-Americans.

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Florida's state university system may ask legislators to expand the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program to cover summer courses.

Looking back, Ronnie Wyche said it’s easy to spot the red flags: Recruiters dodged his questions, rushed him through enrollment paperwork and brushed aside concerns about being about to keep up in an engineering program after more than 30 years without taking a math class.

The fate of Florida’s largest private school voucher program – which is offering scholarships to more than 90,000 children – is going to be decided by the state Supreme Court.

Tampa Part Of Nationwide ITT Tech Shutdown

Sep 8, 2016

U.S Rep. Kathy Castor released a statement Thursday addressing the closing of ITT Technical Institute. 

On Tuesday, the for-profit college operator said it is ending academic operations at all of its campuses including one on Memorial Highway in Tampa.

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Singapore and Switzerland have at least one thing in common.

Both countries boast a low unemployment rate for young adults and some researchers say that's because of robust post-secondary vocational training.  Lawmakers say the U.S. needs to step up its game and follow suit.  

A judge is siding with families who are fighting a Florida law that ties students' promotion to fourth grade on how they perform on standardized reading tests.

At the instruction of their parents, students wrote their names on the tests and then didn't answer questions.


The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year’s high school graduates aren’t prepared for college-level course work.

In its annual score report released Wednesday, the testing company said only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-ready benchmark in at least three of the four core subjects tested — reading, english, math and science.

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A state judge is weighing a decision that could shake Florida's education-accountability system following a marathon hearing Monday in Tallahassee.

A federal judge Friday sent back to state court a dispute about Florida's rules on whether third-grade students are allowed to move to fourth grade, setting the stage for a Monday morning hearing in a lawsuit filed by a group of parents.

Sleepless In High School: Why Does The Bell Ring So Early?

Aug 22, 2016

An appeals court says Florida's teacher union has no legal right to challenge the state's largest private school voucher program.