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StateImpact Florida
4:13 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Florida Polytechnic University Selects First President

Randy Avent, left, shakes hands with Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees Chair Rob Gidel.
Credit Courtesy of Florida Polytechnic

Randy Avent has a career of turning research into new defense, computer science and life science projects.

Florida Polytechnic's Board of Trustees said they want Avent to inspire future entrepreneurs at the Polk County campus.

Avent was the board's unanimous choice for the university's first president.

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Education
9:03 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Remembering FCAT, 1995-2014

Florida students sit through their last FCAT this year.

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:59 am

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Education
2:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

In-State Tuition Bill for "Undocumented" Moves on Despite Close Vote

A Senate panel is narrowly backing a proposal to allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.

But the 8-5 vote in favor of the bill (SB 1400) only came after significant changes were made. Several Republicans opposed the bill because they said it gives a benefit to people whose families broke the law.

One of the changes would require any student seeking in-state tuition rates to apply for citizenship in order to be eligible.

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StateImpact Florida
9:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Checking In On Education Bills As Florida Legislature Reaches Halfway Point

The 2014 Florida legislative session has reached the halfway point.
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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.

The Budget

The House, Senate and Gov. Rick Scott mostly agree on education spending based on their proposed budgets.

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Education
9:26 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Watches New York Parents Organize Against Common Core Tests

Parents at a Brooklyn school opt out of state tests earlier this week.

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:02 am


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Education
5:16 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Accounts For Disabled Students Could Lead To Clash Between House And Senate

Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 5:48 pm

School choice opponents are lining up against a proposal giving students with disabilities additional funding. They say while the intent of the bill is noble, they fear it will lead to even greater segregation within Florida’s education system.

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Education
6:05 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

'Undocumented' Immigrant Tuition Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

Allowing illegal - or undocumented - immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates cleared what was expected to be a major hurdle in the Senate, with the Judiciary Committee giving overwhelming approval Tuesday to the election-year proposal that has divided Republicans.

After impassioned pleas on both sides of the issue, the committee signed off on the proposal (SB 1400), a top priority of House Speaker Will Weatherford, in a 7-2 vote.

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12:46 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

USF Art Professor Theo Wujcik dies at 78

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The cause was cancer, which had spread from Wujcik’s abdomen to his lungs and brain since last fall, said Stanton Storer, a friend and collector of Wujcik’s artwork. Characteristically, despite limitations imposed by surgery and chemotherapy, Wujcik filled the final months of his life with artistic productivity, completing a series of large-scale portraits of other artists for an exhibition in Dallas with the assistance of two former students, artists Peg Trezevant and Kirk Ke Wang. At a reception for the exhibition earlier this month, artists James Rosenquist and Ed Ruscha — Wujcik’s longtime friends and subjects of two of the portraits — joined Margaret Miller, director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum, in a conversation about Wujcik, who participated via Skype from a Tampa hospital.
Theo Wujcik, an artist revered for his prolific art-making, his collaborations with other artists as a master printer, and his teaching as an art professor at the University of South Florida over 33 years, died on Saturday evening in Tampa at the age of 78.
Education
11:27 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Why Computer-Scored Essays Could Eliminate The Need For Writing Tests

A classroom chart explaining the differences between claims, claim evidence and commentary. Hillsborough County schools are teaching the Three Cs as the building blocks of student writing.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Florida’s plans to add computerized grading of its new statewide writing test could eventually eliminate the need for a writing test, advocates for the technology said.

Essays on Florida’s new writing test will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer. If that happens, bid documents indicate the essay will be scored by another human reviewer.

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Education
5:55 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Florida House To Vote On School Voucher Expansion

Alyson Hochstedler testifies before the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee about her son's bullying.

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:34 pm

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Education
10:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Fl. House Votes to Allow Secret University Meetings

Not so much in the sunshine

State university foundations could meet in secret under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The bill (HB 115) barely passed since it takes a two-thirds vote to create exemptions to the state's public records and open meetings laws. The vote was 83-33 with most Democrats voting no.

People who give money to university foundations can already keep their identities anonymous. But the bill passed by the House would allow foundation boards to meet in secret if they are discussing research proposals and funding for that research.

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Education
10:17 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ex-FAMU Band Member Facing Jail in Hazing Death

Jessie Baskin

A former Florida A&M band member could become the first to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of a drum major.

Jessie Baskin faces nine years when sentenced Friday for participating in the beating death of Robert Champion in November 2011 during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Champion — originally from Decatur, Ga. — collapsed and died after prosecutors said he walked down the aisle of a bus as other band members beat him with fists and instruments.

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StateImpact Florida
10:52 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out

Miami Carol City Senior High sophomore Mack Godbee reviews his grades with his mentor, Natasha Santana-Viera.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

It’s report card day at Miami Carol City Senior High, and sophomore Mack Godbee is reviewing his grades with his mentor, Natasha Santana-Viera.

The first quarter on Godbee’s report card is littered with Ds and Fs. This quarter, there are more Cs and Bs. He’s got an A in English.

“Congratulations on that,” says Santana-Viera. “When you need help, do you know where to go?”

“Straight to y’all,” says Godbee.

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StateImpact Florida
2:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

New Florida Writing Test Will Use Computers To Grade Student Essays

Florida writing tests will be graded by a human and a computer program, according to bid documents for the new test. And just 2 percent of students will take a pencil and paper exam in 2015.
Credit jeffrey james pacres / Flickr

A computer program will grade student essays on the writing portion of the standardized test set to replace the FCAT, according to bid documents released by the Florida Department of Education.

The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer. If that happens, the documents indicate the essay will be scored by another human reviewer.

Florida writing tests are currently graded by two human scorers and the state has never used computerized grading on the exam.

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Education
5:58 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'Undocumented' Immigrant Tuition Bill Squeaks Through House

The House overwhelmingly approved a measure extending in-state tuition rates to some undocumented students Thursday, sending the charged legislation to the Senate, where it faces a less certain fate.

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