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Hillsborough County Schools continuing to move forward with Common Core listen

09/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: MaryEllen Elia, Hillsborough County Schools, Rick Scott, Common Core, PARCC, education, wmnf, tampa international airport

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Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia isn’t worried about implementation of new teaching standards known as Common Core. Elia showed optimism for the program’s success during a breakfast with the Tampa Bay Partnership despite a decision by Governor Rick Scott to pull support from the group charged with coming up with testing standards to align with it.

“I do believe that the governor is committed to having strong standards in our schools and those standards need to h...

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Transgender woman in Pinellas denied access to restrooms at PTEC listen

09/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: LGBT, discrimination, Pinellas County Schools, transgender, PTEC, U.S. Department of Education, education, ACLU, wmnf

The ACLU of Florida is asking the U.S. Department of Education to compel the Pinellas School district to broaden transgender rights in schools. The civil rights group filed a complaint this week on behalf of Alex Wilson, a transgender nursing student who was denied access to restroom facilities at her school for either men or women.

“Because I did not have the sexual reassignment surgery which costs about $20,000 to do and that if I used those restrooms I would have charges pressed agains...

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Some Tampa residents have other ideas for Governor Scott's $500 million tax cut proposal listen

09/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of an expected budget surplus Governor Rick Scott wants to cut $500 million worth of taxes for Floridians next year. During a stop at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Thursday as part of what he’s calling the “It’s Your Money” tour, Scott emphasized cuts to job creators. But a group of ten protesters, including retired Apollo Beach resident Christopher Radulich, wants the proposed cuts to be put to better use.

“Usually, tax cuts benefit the most those in the upper incomes...

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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 â€...

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Governor Scott triumphant on teacher raises; protesters not impressed listen

05/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Florida legislature approved $480 million in the state budget for teacher pay raises. Governor Rick Scott closed out his statewide celebratory tour Friday at Tampa’s Alexander Elementary but was also greeted by a small group of protesters.

Governor Scott made teacher pay raises one of his top budget priorities this legislative session.

“I want these pay raises to be across the board for our teachers. The way we ended up, all of our teachers are going to have an opportunity for...

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USF students demand no more tuition hikes, they sit in for the 4th Friday in a row listen

04/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some USF students have been staging sit-ins at the University of South Florida in Tampa for four Fridays in a row. Even though the group today was small, they were still demanding that the USF president start working with them to meet their list of demands.

The group piles into the Patel Center lobby every Friday at lunchtime. They stay until the building is about to close and the last employees are going home. But Students like Matthew Hastings most want to talk to is president Judy Ge...

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Memorial for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl listen

03/15/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The memorial service for former Florida Supreme Court justice and Hillsborough County administrator Fred Karl was this afternoon at the Tampa Convention Center. Karl died earlier this month.

His son, Fred Karl Jr. relayed a story about when his father represented West Volusia County in the Legislature at a time that the KKK was active and Governor Leroy Collins vetoed a bill that would have closed all public schools if the state enforced the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Edu...

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Religious group demands help for impoverished Pinellas County residents listen

03/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 3,000 faith-driven residents are demanding help for Pinellas County’s poor. During an action at downtown St. Pete’s Tropicana Field last night, the group Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, asked elected officials to implement programs that would improve healthcare, housing, jobs and schools. Glad McCurtain is a member of FAST’s education committee.

“We know that if a child cannot read at grade level by the third grade, there is a huge likelihood that the ch...

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Groups Call for a Middle Class Revival Agenda in Florida

03/06/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today-- yesterday the Governor gave his state of the state address at the opening session of this year's legislative session. During his speech Governor Scott recognized one teacher-- Elizabeth Heli of Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace. But he also recognized the (CEO of Northrop Grumman), the president of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in Jacksonville), the Regional Vice President of Verizon) and the (president of Goya Foods...

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Expert says moms and dads should listen to their babies as part of early childhood education listen

03/01/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As President Barack Obama pushes for more early childhood education including free preschool for four-year-olds, some psychologists are looking into ways to start the educational process as early as infancy. James Mchale is the professor and chair of psychology at USF St. Pete. He is also the director of the family study center. He’s spoke at USF St. Pete about the lasting impacts of listening to babies on their future education.

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