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Beyond Sustainability conference creates links between communities in Tampa Bay listen

02/28/13 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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One of the greatest myths of today´s economy is that sustainability cannot be profitable. In fact , sustainable strategies are getting more necessary to remain competitive. Today and tomorrow, the Institute of Florida Studies at Hillsborough Community College is hosting a conference called Beyond Sustainability. It focuses on the three Es: education, ecosystems and economics.

Sudeep Vyapari, the host of the conference and the director of the Institute of Florida Studies decided to enrich ...

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Florida schools implement algebra help via Facebook listen

01/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning in Pinellas County, educators and Governor Rick Scott kicked off a new system that lets Florida students get free algebra help while they Facebook. Algebra Nation is a statewide service created for schools by the University of Florida and a private company called Study Edge that interfaces mobile apps and social media.

A simple algebra problem headlined the white smart board in the library at Dixie Hollins High School in Kenneth City. A student solved it and the answer – 52 ...

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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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Florida lawmakers get a laundry list of legislative priorities from Hillsborough constituents listen

12/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In Hillsborough County officials and residents took their wish lists to state lawmakers Monday at the legislative delegation meeting. Most of the requests were for new or continued funding, but some people asked for policy changes. Shirley Arcuri, president-elect of the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters, called on legislators to axe most of the changes Republicans made to the state’s voting law in 2010.

Florida Consumer Action Network’s Tim Heberlein came...

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Florida education officials offer top job to school choice advocate Tony Bennett listen

12/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Florida Board of Education chose their new leader Wednesday at the Tampa Airport Marriott; Indiana Schools superintendent Tony Bennett is expected to start his new job sometime next month after contract negotiations with the board have finished. After the decision was made Bennett said he is looking forward to continuing Florida’s education reform track record and called himself an unabashed advocate for school choice.

“Florida has a rich history of serving students in a way that I d...

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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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Pinellas art students from Osceola High School study at Art Basel in Miami Beach listen

12/10/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend weekend the town of Miami dedicated almost every public and private space to art, paying tribute to one of the world’s biggest art shows, Art Basel Miami Beach. People come from all across the world to be a part of it, including fifty art students from Osceola High School in Pinellas County.

After walking across the Art Public exhibition in Collins Park and Bass museum, John Stewart, Osceola High’s art, art history and literature teacher, and his students take a break for ...

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Incumbent state rep. Ed Hooper debates education spending with opponent, Democrat Ben Farrell listen

10/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two candidates for Florida House District 67 are vying to represent Clearwater residents. Democrat Ben Farrell is challenging Republican incumbent Ed Hooper. Farrell is calling attention to his opponent’s 6-year tenure as a state Representative saying that Hooper is no longer effective.

“He doesn’t pass anything remarkable. He goes along to get along. I say that not to disrespect my opponent, but to point out the obvious fact that bureaucrats do have a sell-by date. At a certain poin...

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In south Pinellas, Flowers and Gilzean face off in school board election listen

10/19/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday candidates for Pinellas County School Board election debated each other at a candidate forum at 5th Avenue Church of Christ. Rene Flowers and Glenton Gilzean laid out their plans for the common problems facing the schools in South Pinellas’ District 7.

Rene Flowers, a former St. Pete City Council member, is seeking re-election to the nonpartisan school board. Both candidates told the thirty attendees about their plans to improve educational performan...

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Romney hits hard in first Presidential debate listen

10/04/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Nearly 60 faculty members and students gathered Wednesday night at the Saint Petersburg College campus in Clearwater to observe and reflect on the Presidential debate. The debate focused on domestic issues. It was a numbers and figures laden discussion about the economy, debt and entitlement reform.

Although Obama and Romney agreed cuts in spending are necessary, they differed on which ones and by how much. For instance, Romney would eliminate federal funding for [public broadcasting](http...

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