Education

We're dedicated to telling you stories about policy and public spending, and how they affect students in Florida schools. Our WUSF News reporters team up with our public media partners in South Florida to bring you a more comprehensive look at learning.

Our longtime education coverage also includes work as part of StateImpact Florida. You can see prior coverage from that project here.

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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.

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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.

Judge Weighs Testing Policy After Emotional Hearing

Aug 14, 2016
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A Leon County judge indicated during a hearing Friday that she was troubled some students were blocked from advancing to the fourth grade after "opting out" of a standardized test, but she put off ruling on a request that the students be allowed to move up.

A group of parents from across Florida,  including several from Tampa Bay, filed a lawsuit this week challenging the state’s reading retention law for third-grade students.

Cathy Carter

Florida's first charter school opened 20 years ago.  Since then, enrollment in these publicly funded, privately run schools has exploded. 

Today, more than 250,000 students attend about 650 charter schools across the state and many of them are returning to school this week.

But the rapid growth has come with more than a few speed bumps.

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The Hillsborough County Public School System board hired a consultant last year to see where the district can make cuts and save money.

Jeff Eakins, the Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent, addressed some of those proposed moves at his "State of the District" presentation Wednesday.

On game days, the boys’ soccer team at Miami-Edison Senior High speaks Haitian Creole during huddles. Fans play Haitian carnival music, known as Rara, with drums and horns in the stands.

Sandra Teramo never got to finish the list of local politicians she blames for the rapid expansion of charter schools in Miami-Dade County. “[State Rep.] Erik Fresen, other politicians such as City Commissioner...''

 

 


“Ma’am, I would appreciate it that you don’t mention names,” came the voice of School Board Chairwoman Perla Tabares Hantman. “Names are not allowed.”

 

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When kids gaze up at the moon -- many dream about becoming astronauts. But how many look to the sea for similar inspiration?

The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the planet's surface and less than five percent of it has been studied.  But at least one submarine pilot is working to motivate a new generation of ocean explorers.

At a Pinellas County summer camp -- middle school girls learn about marine technology.   

2017 Teacher Of The Year From Polk County

Jul 15, 2016

A third grade math teacher from Polk County is 2017’s Florida Teacher of the Year.

Florida First Lady Ann Scott and Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement Thursday night at the annual awards ceremony in Orlando.

Jessica Solano is an educator at Highlands Grove Elementary School in Lakeland.

Florida Releases School Grades For 2016

Jul 8, 2016

Florida has released its annual report card for the state’s public schools.

The number of F-rated schools in the state dropped but there were also fewer A-rated schools.

Florida Not Immune To National Teacher Shortage Crisis

Jun 27, 2016
Cathy Carter

Florida is home to some of the country's largest school districts but according to a report from the Florida Department of Education, it doesn't have enough teachers.

That means school districts are coming up with new ways to fill vacancies.

Madeleine Meran lost her temper in school and wound up getting suspended from North Miami Beach Senior High School.

Her punishment: 10 days at a Success Center – a site set up by the Miami-Dade County school system to give kids a place to go when they misbehave instead of simply kicking them out of school.

State Judge Rules On Sarasota 'Best And Brightest' Challenge

Jun 14, 2016

A Sarasota school speech pathologist asking for a statewide teaching bonus has earned support from an administrative judge.

Cordelia Brown works at Brentwood Elementary School and scored in the top 20th percentile when she took her SAT test.

Even so, the district denied her eligibility for a bonus from the state's "Best and Brightest" program, saying she wasn't a classroom teacher.

These bonuses are awarded on the basis of college admissions results.

Brown says one of the reasons she moved to Florida was because of the state's scholarship program.

Robin Sussingham

You hear a lot of bad news about Florida's agriculture industry. Competition from foreign markets, labor shortages, insects, the loss of farmland to development. And most seriously, the disease of citrus greening, which has devastated Florida's signature crop.

But surprisingly, young people aren't shying away from agriculture education in their schools. In fact, participation is at record highs.

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