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FL public education summit to tackle Common Core, teacher evaluations & school grades listen

08/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Education leaders in Florida are meeting in Clearwater this week for what will likely be three days of controversy surrounding the state’s public education system. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Education, Joe Follick, says stakeholders from across the state will brainstorm ways to improve things like teacher evaluations and school grading criteria.

“Reasonable people have a lot of different ideas about how to go about that and that’s the purpose of why we’re here – to make ...

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School choice advocate dissects the difference between FCAT and Common Core listen

01/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida public school teachers are in the process of transitioning to Common Core testing standards which will replace the controversial FCAT. A panel of experts will explain the differences between the two tests Tuesday at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus. One of the panelists is Doug Tuthill, president of the group Step Up for Students.

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Education advocate rips Florida's choice for education commissioner

12/12/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Florida has a new Education Commissioner, but not everyone's happy about Wednesday's selection.

The state Board of Education chose ousted Indiana Schools superintendent Tony Bennett.

In November he lost his re-election bid.

Joining me is public education advocate Susan Smith, she was at the interviews for the three finalists Tuesday.

*Part 1 of the intervie...

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Gov. Rick Scott talks to parents and teachers about improving education at an A-rated school in Pinellas listen

09/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Governor Rick Scott is going straight to the source to find a better way to educate Florida’s children. He’s calling it a listening tour and is asking students’ moms and dads and their teachers. During one hour question and answer sessions Wednesday afternoon at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, teachers told the Governor they were frustrated with things like high stakes testing, teacher evaluations and shrinking salaries. Scott said he wants to hear about those problems so he can rummage ...

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Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin criticizes high-stakes testing

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we talked about education with Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin.

There are four School board races on next month’s primary ballot, incumbents Susan Valdes, Jack Lamb, Doretha Edgecomb and Carol Kurdell face opposition.

We spoke about how the expected low turnout of a primary election might affect those races.

Griffin has been critical of high-stakes testing like the FCAT.

On Tuesday the board took shots at the way grades are passed out to schools ...

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In Tampa parents and some teachers tell Florida's education commissioner they want FCAT to go listen

05/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Outraged parents and teachers are telling Florida’s top education officials the state’s high stake tests are flawed. They told Florida’s Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson in Tampa last night, the FCAT is a waste of time and needs to go.

“This is not what we do in real life. Nobody says, ‘here’s your prompt, you have 45 minutes, put it out there. In 45 minutes. And elaborate.”

Plant City 4th grade teacher Faye Cook said the state’s standardized testing system doesn’t reflect ...

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Working people critical of Governor and Legislature

04/15/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from local labor activists who are concerned about anti-union proposals being pushed by the Governor and being passed by the state legislature.

Our guests are: Jean Clements, President, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association; Stephen Sarnoff, President, Communication Workers (CWA) 3179, represents city workers in Pinellas and Pasco Counties; Cheryl Schroeder, Executive Director, West Central Florida Fed...

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