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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 across Florida to bring you a more comprehensive look at learning.

To see coverage from our prior StateImpact Florida project, visit here.

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The Florida Department of Education has released the results for standardized tests students took this spring.

The scores include the Florida Standards Assessments in reading and math.

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It was a normal Hernando County School Board meeting until an off-agenda item was added at its conclusion.

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Every spring, a national military family support group called Operation Homefront honors outstanding children whose parents are serving in the military. Six were selected this year, one for each branch of service.

The 2018 Air Force Military Child of the Year is from Tampa. Eve Glenn graduated recently as valedictorian of Robinson High School. It was the 11th school she'd attended.

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After months of negotiations, representatives from the Hillsborough County School District and Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) met at the HCTA building in West Tampa on Wednesday to sign a tentative agreement on teacher pay.

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday.

A task force has released a report with 100 recommendations for keeping kids safe in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17.

Students at more than 1,000 schools across the country are registering young voters in lunchrooms, hallways and even at upcoming graduation ceremonies in a week of activism aimed at electing lawmakers who support gun reforms in response to school shootings in Florida and Texas.

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As Florida schools get out for the summer, more than one million students who rely on free and reduced-price meals will have to look elsewhere for food.

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The Florida Department of Education has released test scores for the state's third grade reading exam and the Florida Standards Assessment results are a mixed bag for Tampa Bay area school districts.

Justin Napier is exactly the kind of community college graduate Tennessee was hoping for.

In high school, Napier didn't have his eye on college. In fact, he had a job lined up working on race cars after graduation. But in the spring of 2014, a year before Napier graduated, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a plan to make community college free for graduating high school seniors, part of a broader plan to dramatically increase the number of adults in Tennessee with college credentials. It was called, grandly, the Tennessee Promise.

The School District of Manatee County will recommend a slight revision to its dress code after a high school student went to class without a bra and was then told to cover her nipples on April 2, according to a letter sent to the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday.

A new program that allows students to provide information anonymously to school officials by text message will be used throughout the Monroe County school system in the fall.

Broward County Public Schools is under pressure after the Parkland school shooting. Questions are being asked about the school district’s diversion program that works to keep students from getting arrested, and parents of the victims at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are running for school board, saying they want to bring more transparency. 

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg announced a plan Wednesday to expand scholarship programs for students from Pinellas County.

Central Florida Schools Beefing Up Security

May 22, 2018

With schools almost out for summer, some school districts aren’t waiting to ramp up security. Brevard Schools said even before the Texas school shooting last week it’s adding security fencing, cameras and remote-controlled entry locks.

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted for Florida’s Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene as its choice for superintendent late Friday afternoon.

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More than 11,000 students will be graduating from Hillsborough County Public Schools over the next two weeks, and five of them have accomplished a notable feat.

Each one has have never missed a day of school since kindergarten.

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St. Petersburg will not take 29 police officers off the street and place them in elementary schools. The city – following suit with Hillsborough and Pinellas counties - will instead hire armed security guards.

Bababababa, dadadadada, ahgagaga. Got that?

Babies are speaking to us all the time, but most of us have no clue what they're saying. To us non-babies, it all sounds like charming, mysterious, gobbleydegook. To researchers, though, babbling is knowable, predictable, and best of all, teachable. This week, we'll find out how to decipher the vocabulary, and the behavior, of the newest members of the human family.

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In response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people, Florida lawmakers passed a law in March requiring all schools in the state to have at least one armed and trained law enforcement officer or "school guardian."

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Hernando County Schools admitted it cannot get rid of every teacher at a troubled elementary school when it signed a settlement with the local teachers union this week.

Teachers in several states have gone on strike in recent months, protesting for better pay and working conditions. But that’s not the case in Florida, and likely will never be. Still, once upon a time, Florida led the first teacher strike in the United States. 

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Florida Polytechnic University's inaugural class graduated Friday with more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The state's newest university opened its doors four years ago in Lakeland. 

Florida College Students Can Now Use Bright Futures For Summer Term

May 4, 2018

For the first time in 17 years, top-performing students will be able to use their Bright Futures scholarships to attend summer classes at state universities and colleges.

Defense attorneys in the Andrew Coffey hazing case have asked the court to drop charges against their clients. Even after a judge granted the defense’s request for more specific charges, one attorney says the prosecution still can’t say exactly what his client did to cause Coffey’s death.

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Florida's highest court is going to take up a far-reaching lawsuit that contends the state is not properly funding public schools.

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The Hernando County teachers union has filed a grievance over the district’s announcement it is firing every teacher at a struggling elementary school.

Earlier this month, 47 teachers at Moton Elementary School in Brooksville were told they would be terminated from teaching at Moton at the end of the school year. Moton is on the state's list of Florida's lowest performing schools.

Opera may seem like work for the grand stage.

But at the front of a crowded assembly room in Lake Worth imaginatively costumed performers recently presented an epic tale of striving, loss and the triumph of friendship: The Adventures of Lola & Friends.

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On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, students across the Tampa Bay area participated in Friday’s National Student Walkout.

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A Sarasota County School Board member had a tough time keeping his composure during an emotional apology at Tuesday's board meeting. 

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