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Dropout Prevention Summit held at Belleview Biltmore listen

01/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Each year, 1 million American high school students drop out of school, according to America's Promise Alliance. This week at Pinellas County’s historic Belleview Biltmore hotel, dozens of educators and public servants are meeting to share strategies on high school dropout prevention.

America’s Promise Alliance was founded by Gen. Colin Powell and forms partnerships “committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they ...

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Ayres visit to FSU campus stirs controversy listen

01/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

Bill Ayers, the 1960s anti-Vietnam War activist, is scheduled to speak tonight at Florida State University, but his appearance is creating controversy.

State Rep. David Rivera, vice chairman of the Education Appropriations Committee, has condemned the invitation to Ayers, calling it "a disgrace." And members with the student organization College Republicans plan to protest.

Ayers is being paid $5,000 for the speech, which will be strictly about education reform, though he will take ques...

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LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser held at USF listen

12/09/08 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the cost of college education continues to soar, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered youth are particularly vulnerable. As a result, more organizations are establishing scholarship programs aimed specifically at helping LGBT students.

One of those groups is the University of South Florida Alumni Association’s LGBT Society. It held its first fundraising event at USF’s Marshall Center on Friday night (Dec. 5th).

Dr. Karen Berkman is director of the USF Center for Autism and R...

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Vouchers get boost from ex-union leader listen

11/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A former teacher’s union leader is now a top advocate for school vouchers. Doug Tuthill was hired in August as president of the Florida School Choice Fund. That group raises money for the Florida Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship and gives vouchers to low-income children.” Tuthill spoke today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg.

When he was president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association in the ear...

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Final debate of election season at Tampa Tiger Bay listen

10/31/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Although many have taken to the polls early, local Hillsborough congressional and house candidates debated one final time today at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.

Doug Tudor is running as the Democratic congressional candidate for District 12, his opponent is Republican Adam Putnum. Tudor spent 25 years in the Navy before retiring to run in his first campaign against Putnam. Longtime local activist Sidney Potter, asked Tudor about his feelings about the war in Iraq.

“Thank you sir, for the las...

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New report: Florida must invest more in public education listen

10/23/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new report on public education in Florida says state must invest more in public education.

Yesterday the group Enlace Florida, in partnership with the Washington Economics Group, released a report on the impact of socio-economic indicators and the return of investment from public education in Florida.

In the report, the study estimates that a $1 billion increase in public funding for higher education yields a Social Return of Investment of 220 percent.

The study also demonstrates...

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Disability complaint filed against Hillsborough schools listen

10/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County schools are violating federal requirements by not providing adequate services to students with disabilities, according to a coalition of advocacy groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities and the NAACP held a press conference in downtown Tampa this morning to announce they have filed a class-action administrative complaint against the Hillsborough County School system alleging systemic violations of a federal law.

The...

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Sustainable Living: Electrothon

09/08/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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The guests today were members of Electrothon of Tampa Bay, a program in the Hillsborough County School system in which the students design, build and compete Electric Vehicles.

The organizer of Electrothon Tampa Bay, Ken Fiallos, an employee of Hillsborough County Schools and an electrical engineer, was joined by Vic Nieves, a teacher at Tampa Bay Tech High school. They were joined by two students each from King High, Brandon High and Tampa Bay Tech High. The students brought with them a ...

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Judge: Amendment 5 too confusing for ballot listen

08/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A judge in Tallahassee today struck the so-called tax swap from the Nov. 4 ballot, saying the language was "misleading" and didn't give voters "fair notice of the content and sweep of the proposal."

The amendment asked voters to eliminate the state-set school property tax forever and directed the Legislature to replace the education money with $9 billion to $11 billion gained from other taxes and budget cuts. But the replacement money, called the "education hold harmless amount," was only ...

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Florida joins No Child Left Behind program listen

07/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida has been included in a pilot program that allows schools in compliance with most areas of the No Child Left Behind Act to face less stringent penalties for struggling schools, and design its own methods for improving schools.

Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings made the announcement at a news conference in Texas yesterday.

Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, applauded the announcement.

Overall, 17 states were vying for a spot in the p...

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