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More problems with standardized tests; discussion of education issues in Florida listen

04/20/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: education, Florida, Florida Legislature, Susan Smith, schools, charter schools, standardized tests, vouchers, Alan Grayson

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There was a new round of problems around the state Monday with Florida's standardized tests; we spoke about this and several other state education issues with Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.

We also spoke about the state's class size amendment, education funding, charter schools and private school vouchers.

Here's The Associated Press story on Monday's testing problems:

Florida school districts are suspending testing amid a new round of ...

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Swedish Sailing students talk about their trip around the Gulf of Mexico and teenage life in Sweden

04/07/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sweden, education, Öckerö Sailing School, Brita Malmcrona, Gulf of Mexico, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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We talk to a group of high school students from the Öckerö Sailing School in Sweden who just finished up a sailing trip that took them throughout the Gulf of Mexico before landing in Tampa. 20 crew members of the 40 member crew of students join us to talk about their experiences sailing, The life of a Swedish high schooler and their impressions of American society and culture. Their teacher Brita Malmcrona discusses how the Swedish educational system works and educates its pupils in a way tha...

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Governor Scott wants feds to keep funds flowing for low-income heath care listen

03/05/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Scott, standardized tests, education, health care, insurance, LIP, St. Petersburg, jobs, taxes, email

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A $2 billion federal program to reimburse hospitals that many poor and uninsured patients will expire at the end of June. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent president Obama a letter asking the feds to renew the LIP program. In St. Petersburg Thursday morning Scott reiterated his support for receiving the federal funds.

Scott was in St. Pete to champion his tax cuts he says have helped Florida companies stay in business and thrive. He held a press conference at the e-commerce company Jagged P...

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Adjunct instructors at USF will join national walkout Wednesday listen

02/24/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: USF, labor, unions, adjunct professors, education, strike, walkout

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Some adjunct instructors will walk out of class Wednesday at noon at USF. The rally is part of a nationwide walkout called National Adjunct Walkout Day where adjunct instructors are protesting the fact that they don’t get the same full-time pay or benefits as their tenure-track colleagues. WMNF News interviewed Cole Bellamy. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and is an adjunct instructor of Eng...

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Debt forgiveness for struggling countries, Nurse Practitioner autonomy, and education as a civil right on today's Radioactivity listen

02/19/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: debt forgiveness, Nurse Practitioners, education, civil rights, Janet Dubois, Marcus Bright, Andrew Hanauer

Joining us today is Andrew Hanauer,Campaign Director of Jubilee USA, a DC-based non-profit that advocates for national debt relief for struggling countries. Hanauer argues that great national debts prevent some countries, such as Greece, from developing thriving economies. Jubilee USA so far has won over $130 billion for national debt relief and debt cancellation.

Next: It is estimated that Florida will be short 7000 doctors by 2025. Can Nurse Practiti...

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Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin defends vote to oust Superintendent MaryEllen Elia listen

01/23/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: April Griffin, MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, education

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Tuesday night, four board members prevailed in voting to terminate Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The move has stirred community-wide controversy because of the hefty price tag for buying out Elia's contract. The district will pay Elia $1.1 million. That's two years-worth of salary and her cozy benefits package including two retirement plans, two life insurance policies, health insurance and a car allowance. Elia's supporters have also pointed out the Superinten...

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Hillsborough School Board fires district superintendent listen

01/21/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Schools, Kathleen Shanahan, education, schools, April Griffin

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Tuesday night the Hillsborough County School Board narrowly voted to fire the district’s superintendent.

MaryEllen Elia will get more than a million dollars in compensation and her last day will be March 5.

Even though the school board voted 4-to-3 to terminate Elia’s contract, many members of the public spoke in favor of keeping her.

That includes Kathleen Shanahan who is the former chief of staff to Governor Jeb Bush.

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SDS wants USF to end its association with CENTCOM listen

11/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: SDS, USF, Tampa, CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, education

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The U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in southwest Asia are coordinated from Tampa at U.S. Central Command – CENTCOM; in a press conference Thursday afternoon Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society launched a campaign to end the relationship between the University of South Florida and CENTCOM and another command, U.S. SOUTHCOM, based in the Miami area.

Thursday morning WMNF...

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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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