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CLOSING THE EDUCATION GAP FOR BLACK CHILDREN-Andrew Stelzer

04/07/05

The University of South Florida’s Institute on Black Life is holding its third annual conference on the Black child and family today and tomorrow. The sub-theme for this 3rd year of the conference is “closing the gap�. About 300 people attended this mornings opening session---a panel discussion on closing the gap in educational achievement. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

BLACK CHILD EDUCTION GAP

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Dr Tom Loveless, ...

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MARTHA BURK - Mitch Perry

04/07/05

Perhaps the The biggest Golf Tournament of the year, and the 1st of the 4 Majors, the Masters, began after a 4 ½ hour rain delay from Augusta Georgia this afternoon.

2 years ago the venerable Tournament was rocked by controversy after activist Martha Burk,led the fight by feminists to change its long standing policy NOT to admit women into the club.

Club Chairman Hootie Johnson told members of the press week that the Masters has adopted a new policy, “We don’t ...

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IS FLORIDAS A+ THREAT BETTER THAN NO CHILD LEFT BEHINDS?-Andrew Stelzer

04/07/05

A new study published this week by Harvard University finds that the threats for failure leveled at schools by Floridas A-plus school accountability system are more effective in improving students test scores than are the consequences for not meeting the standards of the federal accountability reform program, the No Child Left Behind Act. This morning, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer spoke with Martin West, a research associate at the program on education policy and governance at Harvard University, an...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL ON BLOCK GRANTS - Mitch Perry

04/07/05

Tampa City Councilman Sean Harrison proposed today that the Iorio administration provide $25,000 to begin a public-private program for Faith Based Community Block Grant Programs…

Harrison said he thinks the program should be administered by Shannon Edge, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations, and should not necessarily be limited to faith based organizations, but to any small group who may not be ‘sophisticated’ to go thru the block grant process (rol...

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TEMPLE TERRACE WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - Seán Kinane

04/07/05

This morning in Temple Terrace a community workshop was held to get input from citizens on how to make the city friendlier to pedestrians. WMNF’s Seán Kinane files this report.

The walkable community workshop was one of eight being sponsored throughout Hillsborough County by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Tampa, the HARTline bus service, and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Billy Jack has 34 years of experience working as a planner for t...

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ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS - Mitch Perry

04/06/05

At a workshop in Tallahassee yesterday, David Horowitz, the former Black Panther associate turned arch conservative, addressed legislators on his proposal that he has been taken to state capitals across the country, a so-called ‘Academic freedom Bill’ that would grant university students the right to be graded without political bias- and say they would have access to opposing points of view from their professor.

The Bill is sponsored by Ocala House Representative Dennis B...

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URS CORP - Mitch Perry

04/06/05

This morning the Hillsborough County Commission discussed whether the URS Corporation should be given a contract for their engineering services for the County’s stormwater projects.

URS has been the contractor involved with expansion of the Crosstown Expressway, which has been beset by problems going back to a year ago.

That project was to deliver 3 express lanes of traffic to Tampa from Brandon in the morning and out again at night….It was on budget and ahead of...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES RESOURCE RECOVERY CONTRACT-Andrew Stelzer

04/06/05

The Hillsborough county commission debated whether to go ahead with a contract which would expand the resource recovery facility on Falkenburg road from 3 to 4 burners, The plant turns garbage into energy rather that putting it in land fills, and the plan was agreed upon years ago. The new contract would also allow Covanta to continue operating the plant for 20 years at a cost of $420 million--the existing contract expires in September 2007; but county Commissioner Brian Blair spoke out agai...

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JIM NORMAN TRIES TO IMPLEMENT 3 STRIKES AND OUT ON INDIGENT HEALTH CARE - Mitch Perry

04/06/05

As officials look to trim costs for the county's indigent health care program, Hillsborough County commissioner Jim Norman today brought forth his plan to kick people off the plan if they are convicted of three or more felonies.

Under this plan, Norman says that everybody would start with a clean slate – meaning prior convictions would not count toward the 3 strikes. But Norman showed little mercy on those who have violated the law 3 times, saying he wishes he could make the...

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VIDEO LENDING AT LIBRARIES - Mitch Perry

04/06/05

At today’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, Commissioner Ronda Storms proposed eliminating funding for County libraries to purchase entertainment DVD’s…

The Tampa Tribune reported today that Storms was reacted to a story in the Tribune earlier this year that showed County residents increasingly using public libraries to borrow movies – not read books….. the Tampa- Hillsborough County Public Library System will spend about $559,000 on movies, co...

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