News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 30, 2014


Columbia University law Professor George Fletcher says that there are two distinct trends in the U.S. constitution. Prior to the Civil War the document emphasized voluntary association, individual freedom and republican elitism. President Lincoln ushered in the beginning of a trend toward organic nationhood, equality for all persons, and popular democracy. Although it took many years for the country to begin to achieve the latter goals, they are the bedrock of the newer, more complete constit...

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The next Florida governor will be selected in 500 days. Today we heard speeches by six possible Democratic candidates (Cong. Jim Davis, State Rep. Lois Frankel, State Senator Darryl Jones, Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox, attorney Bill MacBride, and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno). Charles MacKenzie, the state co-ordinator of the Rainbow Push Coalition described efforts to register voters and involve people in the political process.

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Sally Watt's report on the last standing slave quarters in Florida

A discussion of the St. Petersburg Police Department's use of an explosive device on a recording studio in South St. Petersburg. The device caused the building to burn to the ground and $100,000 worth of recording equipment was destroyed. Guests: Craig Johnson, rap singer and Omali Yeshitela of the African People's Socialist Party.

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Are we returning to segregated schools in Hillsborough County?

Andrew Manning was the original plaintiff in the NAACP legal Defense Fund lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School Board, alleging that as an elementary school student in 1959 he was being given a substandard education at his segregated elementary school (Dunbar) in west Tampa. Manning's lawsuit led to the 1971 federal court-ordered school busing. He claims that despite years of busing the school district is still not adequately integrated. Now the school district is trying to end the b...

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Our guests Joan Kawell, professor of Education at USF, Congressman Jim Davis of Tampa, and Gloria Pipkin of the Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform discussed the impact of standardized tests on education, student's, and teachers. The guests pointed out that standardized tests are used as a punishment device rather than as a method for improving learning. They also said that the curriculum is schools was being cannibalized by "teaching to the test" and that students were being "traumatized...

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