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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 o...

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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 Ed...

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