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5:08 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Public Education Changes Approved by Fl House

Charter schools would get more construction funding, class-size penalties would be relaxed and school districts would be encouraged to enact dress codes under a series of education bills approved Friday by the Florida House.

Most of the school-related bills were passed in lopsided votes, though Democrats united to oppose a measure that could funnel local tax dollars to charter-school construction (HB 7037).

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Education
10:35 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UCF Proposes New Medical Residencies

The University of Central Florida is proposing adding up to 700 medical residency slots.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:40 am

A decade from now, Florida is expected to be short 7,000 doctors.

The University of Central Florida is looking to tackle some of that.

Deborah German, dean of the UCF medical school, said Thursday the school wants to expand the training doctors get after getting a medical degree. The specialty residencies would focus on psychiatry, surgery and emergency medicine.

And it would offer the opportunity to get new federal money, German said.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Program to Help Homeless Teens Expands to Pinellas

Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Starting Right, Now a program to help homeless teens in Pinellas County
Credit M.S Butler

A Hillsborough County project to help teens is expanding across the bay with the help of some well known local dignitaries.
 

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman and others broke ground Tuesday on what will soon will be a residential facility for homeless teens in Pinellas County.

The project, funded through private donations, comes from the efforts of Start Right Now a program working to end homelessness for area teens.

 Vicki Sokolik  is the founder and executive director.

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Education
11:53 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP
Credit M.S Butler

A college education is generally considered a student's best shot at getting a good job these days, and it's often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college.

But there's one group that has been quietly excluded from that process.

A program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  is giving these students college experience that while it's not a traditional degree, it's giving them a head start on their career goals.

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Education
3:18 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Gov. Scott Unlikely to Get Full School Funding

Credit Texas Tribune graphic

House budget writers unveiled an education spending plan Monday that would provide public schools with almost $47 less per student than Gov. Rick Scott proposed, and a key senator said his chamber was also unlikely to meet the governor's number when a Senate blueprint is released Tuesday.

The two developments cast increasing doubt on one of Scott's chief priorities only two weeks into the 60-day legislative session.

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Education
10:34 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Guns On Campus Clears Senate Panel On Partisan Vote

Students gathered on FSU's Landis Green after a shooting at the school's library (Nov. 2014).

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:06 pm

A proposal allowing guns to be carried on public college and university campuses is gaining steam in the legislature. While the bill applies to all public higher educations in Florida—One school, Florida State University—is dominating the conversation.

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Education
10:10 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

Sen. Don Gaetz has filed an amendment which would force school districts to share local construction money with charter schools.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:55 am

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator.

Sen. Don Gaetz, former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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Education
5:11 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Senate Higher Ed Panel Backs Guns on Campus

With lawmakers split along party lines, a Senate education committee Monday approved a controversial bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill (SB 176), which has drawn opposition from many university leaders but has the backing of the politically powerful National Rifle Association.

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Education
3:20 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Testing, School Choice, PE: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville."
Credit Clevis Harrison / PBS

This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series “180 Days."

One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rating school districts according to South Carolina’s ranking.

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StateImpact Florida
1:18 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Five Questions About Florida's Testing Problems

Florida students had trouble connecting to the state's new online writing exam on Monday and Tuesday. The problems seemed to be fixed by Wednesday afternoon.

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:17 am

Last week, dozens of Florida school districts had to postpone state testing because of problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments.

Students couldn’t log in to the online writing exam -- and some who did were booted out and temporarily lost their answers.

The problems seem to have been resolved Thursday. By Friday, more than half of students scheduled to take the online writing exam had finished.

Here's five questions about what happened and what's next.

What happened?

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Education
8:01 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Legislature Rushes To Get Testing Overhaul In Place

Florida Standards Assessment

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:05 pm

Students could see an immediate change in the number of tests they take under plans moving fast in the legislature. The move is a response to widespread criticism of the state’s new standardized testing infrastructure, and comes as districts continue reporting problems with the new exams.

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Education
7:59 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Proposed August 10 School Start Time Could Cut Into Summer Vacation

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

The 2015-2016 school year could begin as early as August 10. That means families could have to cut vacations short. State law prohibits schools from starting earlier than Labor Day, but the holiday falls in the second week of September, making districts antsy.

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Education
4:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Two State Senators Call on Gov. to Suspend School Testing

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Several school districts on Tuesday continued to suspend Florida's new standardized tests for a second day, despite assurances that the problems had been fixed.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart early in the morning asked districts to resume using the online portal that middle school and high school students must use in order to log on and take the state's annual standardized tests. Testing had been suspended a day earlier because of technological problems.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Simplicity Parenting' Author To Speak in Clearwater

Author Kim John Payne

Best-selling author Kim John Payne is hoping the community will embrace his ideas about parenting.  

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Widespread Problems Reported as School Tests Begin

School districts around the state report students had trouble logging in or experienced slow loading time with Florida's new online writing exam
Credit Ann Douglas / Flickr

Students across Florida reportedly had problems Monday logging on to the state's new online-testing platform, raising questions about the testing system as lawmakers consider an overhaul.

Education groups and media reports said students had problems taking the new Florida Standards Assessments in a variety of districts, including populous counties like Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Orange. Some schools or districts had decided to suspend testing.

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