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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 ...


Science Cafe connects science with everyday life listen

03/16/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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How is science experienced in everyday life? To answer that question, a science education professor held a "science cafe" at USF St. Petersburg earlier this month.

From medicines that cure illness to communication lines and satellites that transect the globe, routine days are made possible by science and technology. Science connectivity to everyday life is what experts cite as the importance of learning basic scientific principles, and was the theme of a discus...

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Community forum on Pinellas schools listen

02/25/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday night at the Dunedin High School auditorium, Pinellas educators sought the community’s ideas and concerns to help children be most successful.

In spite of an approaching cold front that brought strong winds and rain, almost three dozen citizens turned out for Wednesday night’s forum to question the panel of Pinellas educators on the state of Pinellas County schools. The event was sponsored by the [Pinellas Class...


USF Hate Crimes Summit listen

09/23/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An all-day event at the University of South Florida today focused on building awareness and direct action to solve hate crimes issues in Florida and around the nation. It was sponsored by the College of Education and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Frank Hernandez, the student government director of diversity and multicultural awareness, is one of the event’s organizers. He says students are playing a role in what they are calling the ‘fight against hate crimes.’


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White House Gets Input at Hispanic Education Forum

09/22/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Health care reform may be hogging the limelight, but another Obama Administration initiative is gaining momentum. With outreach efforts some call unprecedented, Obama’s goal of improving education for students of all levels and backgrounds faces some major challenges. Closing the achievement gaps that exist between white students and those of other ethnic backgrounds is one of these, especially in Florida. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw attended the White House’s community conversation on Hispani...


Hillsborough School Board member responds to protests about Obama address listen

09/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some parents are trying to prevent their children from hearing a speech by President Barack Obama in school. The president plans a nationwide address to school children next Tuesday. But Republican Party of Florida Chair Jim Greer is drumming up concerns that it is an effort to, quote, “spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.”

Today, WMNF spoke with Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin: “My reaction is that it needs to be shown, it needs to be discussed and we need ...


Biden and Duncan stress stimulus funding for education listen

08/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were in Orlando today and emphasized how federal stimulus dollars have been used for schools. Biden, whose wife is a teacher, spoke to about 150 teachers, parents, students, and politicians at Jackson Middle School.

Biden says the recovery act was not just “$787 billion of public works projects,” it’s also relief for people who have suffered the most from ...

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Crist warns of back to school danger of swine flu listen

08/14/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Governor Charlie Crist continued his state swine flu awareness tour this afternoon in Tampa.

Florida’s Surgeon General, Ana Viamonte Ros, and its Education Commissioner Eric Smith joined Crist at Pierce Middle School as the Governor warned of back-to-school-season precautions for swine flu.

Crist was flanked by the chair and vice chair of the Hillsborough County School Board, Carol Kurdell and Susan Valdes. The Governor says there are three ways to help stop the spread of the H1N1 vir...

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