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Hillsborough Schools seek to boost academic performance for minorities; one activist prefers results listen

07/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, Doretha Edgecomb, African-American, Hispanic, Latino, education

The Hillsborough County School board is trying to improve educational outcomes for some minority students. The board is supporting a pledge aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing disciplinary problems among African-American and Hispanic males. But an investigation prompted by a complaint from a retired teacher about the how the district teaches minority students is still ongoing.

“I think the best time to make a judgment is to see the outcome of what they pledge – if there is any...

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Progressive Dems back Nan Rich over Charlie Crist because of education priorities listen

07/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Nan Rich, education, school vouchers, charter schools, Susan Smith, Democrat, progressive

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Some Democrats in Florida are lashing out at former Governor Charlie Crist for his record on education. The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is getting behind Nan Rich in the primary race for governor because she opposes things like school vouchers and charter school expansion. Susan Smith is president of that group.

On the other hand, former state house democratic leader Dan Gelber is siding with Crist. He also said Florida Democrats need to work together to win Tallahassee in N...

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US Dept of Education investigates whether black students are discriminated by Hillsborough Schools listen

06/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, education, schools, civil rights, African-American, FCAT

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The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether the Hillsborough County School District discriminates against black students when it comes to effective teaching and discipline.

In a letter dated 4 June, the Office of Civil Rights asked Hillsborough Schools to turn over dozens of documents about things like disciplinary policies, the role of law enforcement officers in schools and teacher experience.

The investigation stems from a letter by Tamp...

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USF grad students want more take home pay listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, grad students, PhD, wages, collective bargaining, Student Loans, education

The USF graduate student union will start collective bargaining talks with the university Friday. Graduate Assistants United wants certain fees waived to increase the amount of take home pay students make teaching classes while pursuing advanced degrees. Josh Lenes and Megan Flocken are co-presidents of the group.

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Charlie Crist says if elected he'll reconvene annual climate change summit listen

06/16/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida, Rick Scott, economy, The Everglades, Cuba, jobs, environment, marijuana, Space X, Elon Musk, education, Steve Kornell, Saint Petersburg, climate change

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If Charlie Crist is re-elected governor this year he says he will reconvene two environmental summits that were held at the beginning of his previous term as governor. One hundred or so Crist supporters were on hand Saturday to help launch a new St. Petersburg campaign office.

During his first two years as governor, Crist convened what were billed as annual summits on global climate change. But then, in his last two years as governor the [summits stopped without notice](https://www.wmnf.or...

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What is Common Core? Find out in this teaching demo listen

05/02/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Common Core, education, Pasco County

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Prepare to say good-bye to the FCAT and hello to Common Core Standards. It's a K-12 teaching and testing initiative that has been adopted by Florida and 44 other states, as well as the District of Columbia.

Dawn Beck is a first grade teacher at Dayspring Elementary charter school in Pasco County. She led her classroom through a common core math demonstration Thursday.

“Ok, which group has an answer? How many edges do you have. Marco? You have 12, you have to count all the edges, ...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor upset with Florida Republicans over maintenance funding in public schools listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: PECO, public schools, education, kathy castor, Mark Danish, PTA

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Seventeen schools in Hillsborough County have unfunded maintenance projects totaling more than $100 million. During a press conference in front of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in South Tampa Monday, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor rallied against budgets passed by the state House and Senate that would allocate more money for repairs to privately run charter schools than to traditional public schools.

“We’re here today to report a theft. There has been a theft of tax dollars from our public schools...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor sides with former teacher of the year on bashing Florida lawmakers on public education listen

03/31/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: kathy castor, Megan Allen, education, public education, charter schools, voucher programs

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is joining a former Florida teacher of the year in lashing out at state lawmakers for unfriendly public education measures. At an unrelated press conference at Al Lopez Park in Tampa Monday, Castor said Megan Allen is one of the best public school teachers she’s ever met and is glad the former Hillsborough County educator is speaking out against Florida’s education policies.

“Florida has created a mess with a lot of their accountability system. This over t...

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School choice group defends voucher programs

03/21/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Step Up for Students, education, vouchers, charter schools

Step Up For Students facilitates corporate tax scholarships for low-income students to use to attend private schools.

The program is lauded by supporters as giving parents the option to remove students from failing schools and put them in schools they otherwise couldn't afford. But opponents argue it's just a way to funnel public dollars into private hands - and it undermines the separation of church and state because most of the vouchers are used for religious schools.

A bill in the Se...

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Outspoken Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin will run for re-election listen

02/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: April Griffin, Hillsborough County School Board, education

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Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin will run for re-election despite previous claims that she wouldn’t. Her change of mind comes on the heels of a heated debate within the school district over transportation issues, a culture of bullying among staff and concerns by Griffin that Superintendent MaryEllen Elia isn’t a good leader. Griffin and f...

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