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Florida Polytechnic University opens first building for admissions listen

12/04/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Florida Polytechnic, JD Alexander, Lakeland, Florida, education, university

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Florida’s 12th public university is months away from teaching its first class of students, but Wednesday its first building was opened in Lakeland. Florida Polytechnic now has a sterile-looking building open for prospective students to speak with admission counselors. Scott Rhodes, executive director of enrollment services, says the goal is to enroll 500 students by the start of the school’s inaugural semester next August.

“It’s a 5,000 square foot facility. We have ten full time staff th...

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Teach your Children Well listen

12/04/13 Warren Elly with Ana Cruz
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Ana Cruz, Warren Elly, education, income and opportunity disparity

Today on Last Call we explore bad news for America in comparison to the rest of the world in our student’s math, science and reading scores. Florida scores are even worse and political analyst, Ana Cruz discusses this disparity.

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Pinellas County school officials call on legislature to make improvements to public ed listen

11/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Pinellas County Schools, Peggy O'Shea, Michael Grego, Dwight Dudley, education

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Pinellas County School Board members rubbed shoulders with state lawmakers Wednesday morning in hopes of getting some of their priorities heard in Tallahassee. During a breakfast served up by culinary students at the Clearwater PTEC campus, Pinellas School Board member Peggy O’Shea hopes to get additional resources to expand career-driven curriculum.

“Because then kids leave high school with job skills, true job skills that they can take into the workforce and come out with a better futu...

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Loans from private companies could increase costs of college education: FL-PIRG listen

11/01/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: education, loans, Student Loans, privatization, PIRG, FL PIRG, Dalyn Houser

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As the cost of college and university tuition goes up, so does the amount of debt students are left with when they graduate. But a new analysis of consumer complaints points toward another factor that could drive up the cost of education.

WMNF interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with the Florida Public Interest Research Group, says costs often go up when students choose priva...

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RoboCon in Tampa is geek fest for Florida high school students listen

10/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: robots, education, robotics, STEM, engineering, Learning is 4 Everyone

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The University of Tampa hosted a geek extravaganza this weekend for high school students who build robots. During RoboCon, 50 teams from across the state showcased their engineering skills in what Terri Willingham, the regional director for First Robotics in Central Florida, says is more than just a competition.

“Celebrating science and technology like the way we celebrate sports and entertainment gives kids a reason to feel excited about science and technology.”

The convention feature...

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Public education advocates and Tea Partiers express displeasure with Common Core listen

10/16/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Common Core, education, tea party, Terry Kemple, HCC

Groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum are coming together to oppose Common Core State Standards being implemented in Florida public schools. Tea Party supporters and progressive-leaning liberal groups both rallied separately in front of the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus Tuesday night before a public forum about implementation of the new testing standards.

Michael Weston is a retired math teacher. He said Common Core is another shove to teachers to teach to th...

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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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