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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](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/national-education-association...

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National Education Association president questions competitive education grants listen

08/26/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Congress could reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act later this year. But what it looks like could depend on input from educators. The president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, is in Tampa today for a town-hall meeting with teachers.

This morning, WMNF spoke with Van Roekel in our studios about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, No Child Left Behind, and Florida’s recent successful [Race to the Top](http://www.wm...

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Sink comments on her UCF - USF gaffe listen

05/10/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The state’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, made a faux pas when speaking at the graduation ceremony at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Friday. Sink now has to explain her embarrassing mix-up where she referred to UCF as USF. She was booed by UCF students when she referred to the school by the initials of its cross-state rival, the University of South Florida (USF). By the following day, Alex Sink attempted to gracefully brush off the gaffe.

“Well, I had an unfortunate ...

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Crist vetoes controversial teacher bill SB 6 listen

04/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Shortly after noon today, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, a controversial education bill that would have tied teacher pay and evaluations to student scores on standardized tests.

Crist said several issues of concern led him to veto.

There was a huge backlash against SB 6 before and after it was passed last Thursday. That includes students walking out of classes, teachers calling in sick, and rallies across the state. Crist acknowledged he was influenced by the bill’s oppo...

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CFO candidate Loranne Ausley calls for Crist to veto SB 6 listen

04/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pressure is growing on Governor Charlie Crist to veto SB 6 – the controversial bill passed last week by the Florida Legislature to tie teacher evaluations and pay to student performance on standardized tests.

Even some Republicans running for statewide office oppose SB 6, including gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery who voted against it in the Senate.

All Democrats running for statewide office oppose it. That includes Loranne Ausley, a former state legislator who is running to be...

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Not All Teachers Oppose SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Not all teachers oppose Senate Bill 6. Fran Strayhorn is a kindergarten teacher at Gulfport Montessori She said it would force teachers to work harder.

While the bill’s opponents say it would place an undue burden on educators while leaving families off the hook when it comes to student success, Strayhorn says someone has to take up the slack.

She said that to expect some families to step up their involvement in their children’s education...

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Miami-Dade Teachers Union Leader Doesn't Condone "Sick-Out" Actions Over SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, some South Florida teachers held a “sick-out” to protest Senate Bill 6. Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to veto the bill, which will link teacher pay to student performance, among other things. One quarter of Miami-Dade County teachers called in sick, apparently to protest the bill. United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz told WMNF that her group did not support the sick out, but that SB 6 would...

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Crist won't show his hand on possible SB 6 veto listen

04/09/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning, Gov. Charlie Crist was in Ybor City. He was greeted by about eight employees of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association. They held signs encouraging him to veto Senate Bill 6.

When the governor arrived, he walked over to the crowd and accepted a box filled with hundreds of postcards and handwritten petitions from teachers and their supporters urging him to veto the bill. Crist said he has still not made a veto decisi...

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Pinellas Teachers react to bills in Florida Legislature listen

03/24/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Supporters of school vouchers, including Governor Charlie Crist, rallied outside the state Capitol today. Inside, a bill to expand a private school voucher program passed the Senate 27 to 11.

The vote was closer on another education bill. This one would set new standards for public school teachers and affect pay, tenure, and retention. It passed 21 to 17 because even some Republicans opposed it.

Kim Black is president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. They’re organizing ...

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