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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 ...

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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 certai...

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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 perform...

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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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Gov. Rick Scott talks to parents and teachers about improving education at an A-rated school in Pinellas listen

09/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Governor Rick Scott is going straight to the source to find a better way to educate Florida’s children. He’s calling it a listening tour and is asking students’ moms and dads and their teachers. During one hour question and answer sessions Wednesday afternoon at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, teachers told the Governor they were frustrated with things like high stakes testing, teacher evaluations and shrinking salaries. Scott said he wants to hear about those problems so he can ru...

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In Seminole Obama says voters have a choice to make listen

09/10/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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At an impassioned grassroots speaking event, President Barack Obama told voters they have an obvious choice to make. Speaking to a crowd of thousands at the St. Pete College Seminole campus on Saturday, the president wooed the crowd with a combination of wit and optimism.

Hot on the heels of his Democratic nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte, Obama reiterated some of his priorities in office. In sync with the day’s venue, Obama criticized Republicans for wanting to “gut” educ...

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Hillsborough County to get new schools listen

09/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A coalition of Hillsborough governments heard plans to build some new schools in the county over the next decade. Lorraine Duffy Suarez, general manager of growth management and planning for Hillsborough County Schools said at a Council of Governments meeting today that the schools will go up where there is the most need.

“On a quarterly basis I meet with staffs from all four governments and the planning commission. We discuss our enrollment trends, we discuss development trends, wher...

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Outside Republican convention, Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee use film to push parent trigger education policy listen

08/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush used the Republican National Convention as a platform to garner support for so-called parent trigger legislation. During a panel discussion at the Straz Center for the Arts Tuesday, Bush said states need massive overhauls to their education systems.

“We have a third of our kids that are college or career ready despite spending more per student than any country in the world. We can say, ‘U.S.A. number one’, we can be proud that we won all these meda...

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Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin criticizes high-stakes testing

07/18/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we talked about education with Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin.

There are four School board races on next month’s primary ballot, incumbents Susan Valdes, Jack Lamb, Doretha Edgecomb and Carol Kurdell face opposition.

We spoke about how the expected low turnout of a primary election might affect those races.

Griffin has been critical of high-stakes testing like the FCAT.

On Tuesday the board took shots at the way grades are passed out to school...

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