StateImpact Florida

10:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Everest Institute in Boston.
Mallory Noe-Payne WGBH

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 11:49 am

Listen to this story on Morning Edition.

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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5:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards

Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.

It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals.

There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.

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4:24 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Hear Floridians Talk About Their Desegregation Experiences

Mamie Pinder holds a photograph of herself as a young teaching student. Pinder, a retired Miami-Dade school teacher, began teaching in 1963, the year the school district began merging black and white students bodies and faculty.

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:04 am

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring segregated schools were inherently unequal.

A recent ProPublica investigation found at least 300 school districts that are still under court-ordered desegregation. Eleven of those districts are in Florida.

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12:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What Children’s Authors Make Of Common Core And Education Policy

Miami Book Fair International brought more than four dozen children’s authors to Florida over the weekend
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

More than four dozen contemporary young adult and children’s authors were in Florida over the weekend for Miami Book Fair International.

As Common Core State Standards for English and language arts are putting a national spotlight on what kids read in class, many of those authors are thinking about the way literature is taught in school—and how that’s changing.

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12:22 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

How Florida Kids Learn About Sea-Level Rise

Nicholas Ogle will replant the mangrove propagules collected by MAST students.
Credit Daniel Rivera, Student

Standing at the water’s edge on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, Nicholas Ogle shows a crowd of teenagers what looks like a giant, rotten green bean.

“We don’t want any mushiness anywhere, especially at the top,” he says, then chucks the specimen to the side.

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StateImpact Florida
1:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Study: Schools And Colleges Are Teaching The Wrong Type Of Math

Most students are being taught math they will never use, while schools skimp on or omit foundational skills student use more according to a new study.
Credit mjymail (tiggy) / Flickr

Community college students are needlessly assigned to remedial math classes to learn lessons they won’t use during their studies, according to new research from a Washington, D.C. group.

And the study also found that many high school graduates are not learning subjects they will need to use in their careers.

The study was produced by the Washington, D.C.-based National Center on Education and the Economy and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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1:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Speaker Will Weatherford Pushes Non-Traditional Education Agenda

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford isn't shy about pushing a non-traditional education agenda.

It’s based on his own life experience.

He's in favor of options that are growing in popularity, like virtual classes and charter schools.

StateImpact Florida reporter Gina Jordan sat down with Weatherford in his office to talk about his educational roots. He tells us why he supports legislation known as the parent trigger bill and whether he thinks teachers will get raises next year.

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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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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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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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2:04 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee to Headline StateImpact Florida/Tell Me More Education Forum

Michelle Rhee, former leader of Washington D.C.'s public school system, is scheduled to be a guest on the Tell Me More/StateImpact Florida program.

If you're interested in the future of education in Florida and our nation, there's just one place you want to be on Oct. 10 -- next to your radio and/or computer.

Next Wednesday at 11 a.m., the NPR show "Tell Me More" and WUSF and WLRN's education reporting project StateImpact Florida are teaming up for a special show.

We've convinced some of the heavy-hitters in education to be part of the forum -- including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the provocative former leader of Washington D.C.'s public schools, Michelle Rhee.

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StateImpact Florida
1:17 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

What Mitt Romney Is Borrowing From Jeb Bush on School Choice

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 1:30 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Sarasota Thursday, laying out his ideas for improving the economy.

Romney’s five-point plan included an education plank.

Romney praised former Gov. Jeb Bush and borrowed a key idea. He also pledged to allow federal dollars to follow the student, which would allow parents to better choose the best school for their child.

Here’s the transcript:

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StateImpact Florida
6:34 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Some Florida School Districts Not Checking For K12 Problems

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 12:12 am

Seminole County teacher Amy Capelle had to make a decision.

Her supervisor at the nation’s largest online school, K12, asked her to sign a roster saying she’d taught 112 kids.

She’d only taught seven.

“If you see your name next to a student that might not be yours, it’s because you are qualified to teach that subject, and we needed to put your name there,” wrote K12 supervisor Samantha Gilormini in an e-mail.

Capelle refused, and now state officials are investigating whether K12 used improperly certified teachers and asked employees to cover it up.

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StateImpact Florida
6:31 am
Sun September 16, 2012

In K12 Courses, 275 Students to a Single Teacher

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 12:19 am

Student-teacher ratios at K12, the nation’s largest online educator, are nearly twice as high as Florida’s state-run virtual school, according to internal company documents obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida.

A high school teacher working for K12 may have as many as 275 students, compared to Florida Virtual School, which has a maximum class size of 150.

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