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Heads could roll over Ethics in Education Act

06/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s new Ethics in Education Act goes into effect tomorrow and it may force school districts to fire longtime employees. The law requires school districts to check the criminal records of teachers and other employees who are in contact with students. Employees who have been convicted of a felony in certain crimes may be disqualified for employment under the law.

The Ethics in Education Act was co-sponsored by panhandle Republican Sen. Don Gaetz. Gaetz is a member of the Senate's Educa...

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USF realigns departments, faces more cuts listen

06/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s universities received notice of further budget cuts this week – at the same time that the University of South Florida is announcing tuition increases, restructuring, and a dean’s resignation.

On Thursday USF announced a realignment of academic departments, colleges and schools. The university’s largest college was most affected. Under the restructuring, the College of Arts and Sciences will be divided into three schools: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences. ...

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Hillsborough schools consider stricter cell phone policy listen

06/06/08 Seán Kinane and Kamala Chetty
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning the Hillsborough County School Board held a workshop with principals from seven schools regarding student discipline issues, including the use of cell phones at school.

The School Board got input from two elementary, two middle and three high school principals on what they feel the district’s mobile phone policy should be.

Assistant Superintendent for Administration Lewis Brinson will give their recommendations to the superintendent who will present them to the Board during...

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Union officials uneasy about USF budget cuts listen

05/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent weeks we’ve reported on the mandated budget cuts at some of Florida’s top Universities, particularly at USF and USF- St. Pete.

Last week, USF President Judy Genshaft said there would be 450 positions cut, but only 70 people or so would actually lose their jobs because those other positions hadn’t been filled.

Bill McClellan, president of Local 3342 AFSCME, told WMNF that much of his rank and file are working under the fear that they too may not have much job security at USF. ...

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Pinellas teachers give school board an earful listen

05/28/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Pinellas County school board meeting last night was crowded with students being honored for their achievements, their proud parents holding cameras and the teachers who helped them along the way. But the largest group was the 50 or so teachers, dressed in dark colors to symbolize their frustrations with proposed pay cuts and closing schools.

Kim Black, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, says that even Texas, another state with no income tax, didn’t increase their...

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USF St. Pete chancellor shoulders budget cuts listen

05/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the result of a current deficit of nearly $36 million, the University of South Florida last week announced plans to cut $50 million by eliminating about 450 jobs.

President Judy Genshaft said she plans to lay off about 70 employees in the coming weeks, with the rest of the eliminated jobs already vacant.

As part of the budget cuts, USF will also make some structural changes. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the administration and operating expenses for smaller departments, s...

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The Tax Cut Myth

05/21/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Ever since the Reagan presidency, tax cuts have become an article of faith for conservatives. According to conservative economists, tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, increase the capital available for investment, expand the economy and the benefits eventually reach the wider population.

Our guests have studied the federal tax cuts given to taxpayers during the last 27 years, and they have arrived at some interesting conclusions. One of which is that George Bush’s tax cuts have put the...

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Fitzgerald Town Hall listen

05/21/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald for Legislative District 69 spoke to constituents at a Post-Session Town Hall Meeting last night.

Fitzgerald started his Town Hall with a happy tone due to excitement over a face to face meeting with presidential candidate Barack Obama. As the subject changed to the Post-Session theme, he became serious. Claiming the downturn in Florida is not just because of the economy but because of poor revenue policies in general. He is disappointed and angry that the Legis...

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Board of Governors vice chair at Tiger Bay listen

05/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Since voters approved a constitutional amendment creating the body in 2002, the Board of Governors has directed Florida’s eleven public universities. Today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg, the vice chair of Florida’s Board of Governors, Sheila McDevitt discussed the ways that politics play a role in higher education.

Florida’s state universities are loosing good professors and administrators and are poorly considered by the most respected publication in the field, the Chr...

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Pinellas schools look at budget cuts listen

05/06/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Due to budget cuts, Pinellas County schools must find a way to trim $43 million. Making this more difficult is the fact that providing medical insurance benefits to employees will increase by $11.5 million next year. Because employee salaries and benefits make up one of the largest budget items, the controversial idea of decreasing teacher salaries was considered in a workshop this morning.

Outgoing Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools Clayton Wilcox said the school district is no lo...

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