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Energy efficient buildings and schools

01/24/11 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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On today’s program we talked with a couple of the best green contractors in our area. The Learning Gate Charter School in Lutz just received its Platinum LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, and last year installed a 5 KW solar electric grid-tie System.

Charles Girard, the teaching contractor on the project, joined the program with the head of the environmental department, Adam, and two really sharp students attending the school, Demonte and Shelby.

Also joinin...

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School officials from all over Florida "Lead The Way" listen

01/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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School Superintendents and Teacher’s Association Presidents from all over the state met yesterday and today to discuss the future plans for education reform. The “Leading the Way” conference addressed some tough issues.

Florida Schools are facing a series of uncertain changes in the coming months and years with the arrival of an all new Rick Scott-led administration. School officials made certain they were ready for the changes by proposing one very dominant theme. Randi Weingarten,...

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Pinellas schools superintendent weighs in on Scott, vouchers listen

01/14/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida governor Rick Scott appears to have put education reform at the top of his list. Public educators throughout the Sunshine state aren’t gung-ho about how he wants to tackle education woes, but the head of Pinellas County Schools says the governor might not get too far.

In Pinellas Park last night, Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Julie Janssen told a banquet hall full of card-carrying Pinellas Democrats that politics really ar...

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The Rick Scott Era: What can we expect?

01/06/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Our first Last Call program focused on the new Rick Scott tenure beginning in Florida.

In the studio we had St. Petersburg Democrat House Representative Rise Kriseman, and on the phone we had Chuck Kiker talking about Scott's "Vouchers for all" plan. Kiker is with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

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Science Challenge 2011

12/27/10 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former physicist Jeff Shaumeyer worried about American culture excluding the sciences. So in 2004, he began a company called Ars Hermenuetica in an effort to encourage science literacy.

Shaumeyer implemented the Science Reading challenge a few years later, an attempt to inspire average Americans to read popular science.

"It came about when I noticed some online blogging fri...

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Rick Scott: Maybe some day, vouchers for all Florida students listen

12/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today at a large church in St. Petersburg, Governor-elect Rick Scott shared the stage with three corporate executives. They were touting Step Up for Students, a tax credit scholarship that funds Florida’s school voucher program, but it didn’t take long for politics to creep in.

It’s one of those events where people in tailored suits hand off gigantic checks to nonprofit heads whilst surrounded by less fortunate beneficiaries. The nonprofit in question is Step Up for Students, which m...


The Great American Teach-In aims to showcase careers despite pallid job market listen

11/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It’s not often that you’ll find an artist, a banker, and an archaeologist talking shop under one roof. Today at schools throughout Pinellas County, the Great American Teach-In brought professionals from a broad range of fields into classrooms to teach students about life on the career path. This comes at a time when many students are personally experiencing the ravages of a gutted job market.

Any generation that came of age after World War II but before the millennium was brought up wi...


Pinellas schools consider swapping fundamental, Montessori programs listen

11/09/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s no secret that many public schools in Florida are disappointing at best. The Pinellas County School Board is trying to makes some tweaks to the system to boost results, but one of these changes has two South Pinellas communities up in arms. Deputy Superintendent Jim Madden says the draft of the county’s Student Achievement Proposal takes a long view of student success.

"We're trying to look at our district from say, like the 30,000 foot level, and saying 'how are we structured sc...

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Students from Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda tour Tampa listen

09/29/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Tampa native is helping to educate women in war-torn Rwanda. Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, the co-founder and CEO of the Akilah Institue for Women, has brought two of her students to the United States to tell people about Akilah. Anita Umutoni is a student at the Akilah Istitute for Women.

Rwandans study French in grade school, but are learning English at the Akilah Institute for Women.

Because of her training at Akilah, Anita Umutoni is able to work as a re...

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Jeb's claim that student performance not affected by class size refuted by NEA president listen

08/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In 2002, then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was caught admitting he had “devious plans” to overturn the class size amendment that voters added to the state constitution that year. In Utah on Tuesday, Bush told officials he didn’t know of any research suggesting that lower class sizes impacts student learning. But the president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel begs to differ.

We [spoke with him yesterday](

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