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4:36 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Florida Schools Take Another Look at Security After Connecticut School Shooting

Schools in the Tampa Bay area are re-examining their security in the wake of the shooting today at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Chief Operating Officer for Sarasota County Schools says he's not sure they can do anything differently, other than conducting a mental checklist of where holes could be in their security. Scott Lempe says security is never going to be perfect.

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Education
4:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Obama On Connecticut School Shooting: We Have Been Through This Too Many Times

President Obama wipes his eye as he speaks during a press conference at the White House following the shooting in a Connecticut elementary school that left several dead, including children.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 6:32 pm

Transcript of President Obama's speech on Dec. 14 following a deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Source: White House

This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

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Education
4:15 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Special Ed Dept. Head Leaving after Scrutiny

Jennifer Caballero (left) died after drowning and Isabella Herrera (right) died after choking in a school bus.
Credit Bay News 9

Changes are coming to Hillsborough County School District's Special Education department. It's under scrutiny after the deaths of two special ed students.  It starts with a transfer for the department head.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Jeb Bush Ally Tony Bennett is Florida's New Education Commissioner

Indiana Superintendent of Public Education Tony Bennett has been selected to be Florida Commissioner of Education.
Credit Ellie Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Citing his experience at many levels of education and his work on new, national Common Core standards, the State Board of Education unanimously chose Tony Bennett as Florida's next education commissioner.

Board members said there will be no learning curve for Bennett when he takes over in Florida.

"I think Tony's experience in being a teacher, a superintendent, a coach and a statewide elected leader brought a lot more real-time, real recent experience in terms of where we need to get to," said board member Kathleen Shanahan.

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Education
2:03 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Florida 4th Graders Top Readers in the World

Credit Tampa Bay Times

The report, Trends in International Mathematical and Science Study, ranks fourth-grade reading skills. Florida had among the best scores, performing at the same level as Hong Kong, Russia, Finland and Singapore.

The Foundation for Florida's Future Executive Director Patricia Levesque says now that reading levels are improving, it's time to put more focus on math and science.

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StateImpact Florida
2:40 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

13th Grade: Why More Florida Students Than Ever Struggle With Math

Wendy Pedroso did well in math classes -- until her first algebra course. Twice as many students at Florida colleges took a remedial math course than took a remedial writing or reading course.

Wendy Pedroso has never liked math, but for most of elementary school and middle school she got B’s in the subject.

It wasn’t until ninth grade at Miami Southwest Senior High School, when Pedroso took algebra, that she hit a wall. In particular, she struggled with understanding fractions.

“I kept getting stuck in the same place,” Pedroso, 20, recalled recently. She failed the class, and worried that she’d never get to go to college. Pedroso sought help from tutors, took algebra again over the summer and passed. She went on to graduate from high school in 2011.

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StateImpact Florida
3:15 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

13th Grade: Why So Many College Students in Florida Need Remedial Classes

Miami-Dade College graduate Shakira Lockett said required remedial courses stressed her, and took a toll on classmates.

Shakira Lockett was a pretty good student in elementary, middle and high school. The Miami-Dade County native says she typically earned As and Bs in English classes.

Math was always something of a struggle for Lockett. Still, she got through her high school exit exam with a passing grade and went on to graduate from Coral Gables Senior High School in 2008.

She went straight to Miami Dade College. Then, something unexpected happened: She flunked the college placement exams in all three subjects – reading, writing and math.

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Education
2:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

State University Presidents: No Tuition Hikes if We Get More Money

A group of state university presidents gathered at the state Capitol today to try to strike a bargain with state lawmakers. Their message is "Give us more money, and we won't raise tuition this year."

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Education
3:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Gov. Scott Proposes $10,000 Degree Challenge

Governor Rick Scott is challenging state colleges (or community colleges) to offer students a $10,000 bachelor's degree.

Scott wants higher education to be more affordable and for graduates to able to find a job.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Scott made his announcement this morning at the St. Petersburg College in Clearwater. SPC is the first of 28 state colleges to take on the challenge.

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

StateImpact Feature: Jeb Bush Talks Education

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have signed on to implement new school curriculum and standardized tests.

It's called Common Core, and it'll replace Florida's FCAT.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a big supporter of Common Core - and has been pushing this and other reform efforts around the country.

Education reporter Sarah Gonzalez with our StateImpact Florida team sat down with the conservative education advocate to talk about his national agenda.

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Education
12:44 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Hillsborough Middle Schooler Has Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Hit By SUV

Giunta Middle School student Andrea Bower
Credit Courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 13-year old Andrea Bower was running late this morning to catch the bus to take her to Giunta Middle School in Riverview. 

She missed the bus at her usual stop and decided to cross busy Bloomingdale Avenue to get on the bus at a different stop.  That's when she was struck by an SUV driven by Stephanie Akins.  Authorities say Bower is now in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.  And they say at this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. 

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Harlem Globetrotters Present ABCs of Bullying to Elementary Students

Hammer Harrison presents the ABCs of Bullying to Pizzo Elementary School students.

The Harlem Globetrotters Bullying Prevention program came to Tampa's Pizzo Elementary School.

The ABCs of Bullying Prevention program is coordinated with the National Campaign to Stop Violence to help reduce bullying in schools.

Hammer Harrison of the Harlem Globetrotters showed off some of his ball handling skills while talking to students about taking Action, being Brave, and having Compassion.

Vice Principal Angela Fullwood says the students are able to see a variety of people expressing the same message about bullying.

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Dick Colon, one of the White House Boys, walks through grave sites near the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. Several men who suffered abuse and severe beatings believe the crosses mark the graves of boys who were killed at the school, victims of punishments that went too far.
Phil Coale AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 6:47 pm

Over the past decade, hundreds of men have come forward to tell gruesome stories of abuse and terrible beatings they suffered at Florida's Dozier School for Boys, a notorious, state-run institution that closed last year after more than a century.

Known as the "White House Boys," these 300-some men were sent as boys to the reform school in the small panhandle town of Mariana in the 1950s and 1960s. They have joined together over the years to tell their stories of the violence administered in a small building on the school's grounds they knew as the White House.

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This Is NPR
3:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

StateImpact Florida Brings Education Policy to Life

StateImpact Reporters Sarah Gonzalez (c) and John O'Connor (r) interview Dr. Ken Atwater (l), president of Hillsborough Community College, for a StateImpact Florida piece.
StateImpact Florida

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:32 pm

In honor of today's Twitter Education Forum (#npredchat) at 11 a.m. (Eastern) hosted by NPR's midday-talk program Tell Me More with Michel Martin, here's a closer look at the StateImpact Florida team.

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Tell Me More: Florida Student Says School Didn't Prepare Her for College

NPR's show Tell Me More opened up a conversation this morning about education reform. It was heard here on WUSF and it included two people at the very core of the issue.... students.

One of those students is Shakira Locket, student at Miami Dade College.

Locket graduated from Coral Gables Senior High school but once she reached college, she realized she wasn't prepared.

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