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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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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 Edu...

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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 Sci...

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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 duri...

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