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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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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 – 5...

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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 ...

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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...

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