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Update on higher education budget cuts

03/10/08 Ryan Iacovacci
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Good Evening and welcome to the University Update, a new weekly segment providing a diverse perspective on the rather convoluted world of higher education here in the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

Florida is currently dealing with a major budget deficit, and lawmakers plan to make drastic cuts soon. The 11 public universities have been requested to take a $350-million cut, calling into question the priority and quality of higher education.

Administrators at USF are taking...

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Board of Governors opposes amendment proposal listen

03/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A day after a legislative committee approved a bill that could cut more than $90-million from state universities and colleges, the State Board of Governors announced today it will fight hard to stop a proposal to be introduced in the Legislature this week that the Board says will severely impact its influence and the quality of higher education over all in the state.

At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment that would strip the board of much of its power, including its authority to ...

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Class size task force meets in Tampa listen

02/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

This fall, school classrooms across the state must meet strict class-size limits mandated by a constitutional amendment that Florida voters passed in 2002. But several groups, including the state Legislature are looking at ways to usurp the constitutional mandate and make the class size rules more flexible.

A Class Caps Community Task Force meeting was conducted by Hillsborough County Schools this morning in Tampa.

The class-size reduction amendment sets a limit of no more than 18 stud...

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Plan to teach evolution approved with caveat listen

02/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Board of Education today approved new standards for teaching science in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Board voted 4-3 to approve the science standards that for the first time include the word "evolution."

Late Friday, an alternative to the proposed standards was suggested that added the term “Scientific Theory of” throughout the standards before the word “evolution” and “Scientific Theory of” or “Law of” before other scientific concepts. This was to appease some members of...

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Board of Education votes Tuesday on evolution question listen

02/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow the Florida Board of Education will vote on new Science Standards for kindergarten through 12th grade. Many scientists and educators say that the new standards are a vast improvement over the current criteria, but a vocal group of parents and activists are fighting the new standards because they include evolution.

On Friday an alternative version of the proposed standards was put forward that some consider a compromise to keep evolution in the standards. Evolution and other collec...

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United Negro College Fund holds luncheon in Tampa listen

02/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today the second annual Bay Area Black History Month luncheon was held at the Westin Harbor Island Hotel in Tampa. Gov. Charlie Crist spoke at this fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund.

According to its 2006 statistical report, the United Negro College Fund supports 65,000 students, including nearly 6,000 in Florida. Floridians contributed more than $3-million to the fund in 2006, and Gov. Crist applauded the amount that was donated Friday.

Crist listed several important Africa...

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Hillsborough School Board studies its mission listen

02/12/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Hillsborough County School District is in the process of crafting new mission, vision, and values statements. Today, the seven School Board members, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, and her staff of chief officers and assistant superintendents held a workshop to set strategic goals for the school district.

Hillsborough County School Board Member April Griffin said this workshop, which was facilitated by Tom Ahonen from Minnesota, was needed because the district is in the process of shift...

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Report paints dismal picture for higher education listen

02/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As many as 60,000 Florida students could get shut out of state universities in the next five years. That’s according to a report released last week by ENLACE Florida, a group whose goal is to promote college readiness access and success for underrepresented students in Florida.

Braulio Colon, the assistant director with ENLACE Florida, says several factors could play into so many Florida students being denied a chance at higher education.

The group used data from the State Board of ...

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ACLU weighs in on intelligent design listen

12/21/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Board of Education will be instituting new teaching standards for science next fall. As WMNF has reported this month, the proposed Sunshine State Standards for science have been praised as a vast improvement over the current standards.

The emphasis on teaching evolution has motivated some proponents of the idea of "intelligent design" to lobby for the inclusion of that concept in the science standards.

Last Friday, the ACLU of Florida wrote a letter to the state Board of Educ...

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