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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 ...

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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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Frank Brogan selected as State Chancellor listen

07/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The board that oversees the state university system chose its new chancellor this afternoon. Florida Atlantic University President Frank Brogan was selected by the Board of Governors after a search committee interviewed the two remaining finalists today at the Tampa Airport Marriott.

Several members of the search committee said that Frank Brogan’s experience in Florida’s education and political climate gave him the edge over former Ohio higher education leader,...

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Why Bush administration officials should be prosecuted

06/25/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today, we’ll talk about a campaign to bring those responsible for torture and other war crimes to justice. And we’ll talk about the state of Florida’s public schools with the head of Florida’s teacher’s union. But first a listener comment about yesterday’s program on the mortgage crisis. We had three housing counselors on the program who work for local non-profits, helping people deal with possible foreclosure on...

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Empowerment Tour offers career advice, chance at scholarships listen

06/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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People thinking about going back to school or looking for a change in career got some free advice today in downtown Tampa. Career coaches traveling in an event calling itself “the Empowerment Tour” offered counseling under the dome in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.

Luis Rivera, from Town 'N Country, sought out advice because it has been tough to find work in his field lately.

“I was planning to go back to school because right now the job I do is a little bit slow because they ha...

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Flu makes its way to Tampa Bay listen

05/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pinellas County today confirmed its first swine flu victim. County Health officials say a 24-year-old male who recently traveled to Mexico is now resting at home. They say his case did not require hospitalization.

Yesterday Hillsborough County officials announced that at least five suspected cases have also been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for further scrutiny, and three schools have been closed as a precaution.

Hillsborough Health Department Director Dr. Doug Holt said th...

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State university tuition increase going to Governor Crist's desk listen

04/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill designed to eventually raise tuition at Florida's public universities to the national average is going to Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist supports the legislation that received final passage today in the House.

Democrat Marty Kiar was one of the relatively few in either state body against the bill.

Florida's tuition now ranks at or near the bottom nationally. It’s numbers like that prompted St. Petersburg Democrat Bill Heller to support the bill.

The bill would give each of ...

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Improving Latino parent participation in schools listen

04/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As more immigrant students enter public schools in the United States, some parents feel disconnected from participation in their schools. A symposium in Tampa today brought together educators, parents, and community organizations from more than 20 Florida counties to increase the involvement by Latino parents in public schools.

The Third Annual Parent Involvement Research to Practice Symposium was sponsored by [Florida PIRC](h...

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Florida Virtual School supporters worry about funding listen

04/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Not all students in Florida take all of their courses in a classroom. Many take some or all of their classes online through the Florida Virtual School. But some supporters gathered in Tallahassee today to ask state Legislature not to cut millions of dollars of funding from the online program.

Pam Birtolo, chief learning officer at Florida Virtual School, spoke with WMNF before the rally.

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