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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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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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