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USF students protest budget cuts on both sides of the Bay listen

03/01/12 Janelle Irwin & Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Occupy Education, an off-shoot of the Occupy Movement, called for a national day of action today demanding legislation that would increase educational spending instead of cutting budgets. At the University of California, Santa Cruz, student protesters shut down most of the campus. Students at USF campuses in Tampa and St. Pete held events today in solidarity with that effort. Students at both campu...

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USF president, students glad for restored funding but still want fewer cuts listen

02/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some of the sting was taken away from the cuts proposed for the University of South Florida. That’s because the state Senate voted yesterday to more evenly spread 400 million dollars in budget cuts across all Florida public universities. They also approved plans to immediately make the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland the state’s 12th independent university. USF students and the university president reacted to the news last night on the Tampa campus.

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Head of USF St. Pete says they are suffering from budget cuts too listen

02/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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USF St. Petersburg faces a two to three million dollar budget cut under Florida Senator JD Alexander’s budget plan. It pales in comparison to the deep cuts proposed for its parent university in Tampa. But, at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday afternoon, the Chancellor of USF St. Pete, Margaret Sullivan, said the drop in funding still hurts.

USF St. Pete’s proposed fun...

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Tampa City Council weighs in on Florida Senate's proposed funding cuts to USF listen

02/16/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa City Council is weighing in on the Florida Senate’s proposed budget cuts for the University of South Florida. At their meeting this morning, Council member Mike Suarez proposed sending a letter to Hillsborough County’s legislative delegation voicing disappointment with the proposed cuts and to show support for USF.

Senate budget chair JD Alexander wants the university to speed up the process of splitting off its Lakeland polytechnic campus so it can become Florida’s 12th st...

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Is the future of science education in danger? listen

02/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anthropologist warns Florida has laws that are a back-door entrance to teaching creationist theory in schools. At a lecture Thursday night in Tampa as part of USF’s Darwin Day celebration, Eugenie Scott says that’s hurting the quality of science education in the state.

Students, professors and the public filled nearly every seat in USF’s Fine Arts Hall. Jamie Delgato was one student in attendance.

”Well the whole creatio...

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Waldorf Schools consultant says "education of the heart" can cultivate emotional intelligence listen

01/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of pressure from politicians, most educators in the U.S. are forced to “teach to the test” even though they have the skills and training to provide a much more rounded education. That’s the take of Eugene Schwartz, an educational consultant working mainly with Waldorf Schools.

“…We’re not teaching to the test, we’re teaching to the child.”

Schwartz is speaking at 7:00 p.m. today at the Suncoast Waldorf School at 1857 Curlew Road in...

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The good, the bad and the ugly of school choice listen

01/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida lawmakers are pushing to expand public education options for students. Some education advocates who prefer more traditional approaches warn doing that filters public money into private hands.

Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill last March during a ceremonial tour of charter schools.

"We have to have legislation that expands school choice; expands charter schools. We must give parents, as we all know charter schools are public s...

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Sarasota’s Awake the State rally focuses on the “worst legislative session in Florida’s history” listen

11/02/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the Awake the State rally in Sarasota, about 120 people geared up to get out the vote in 2012. They represented a large cross section of people affected most by Florida’s deep spending cuts and social agenda.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer is secretary for the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. She says they are pushing legislators to enact fair districting in time for the next elections.

Rita Ferrandino, President of the [Sara...

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USF panel discusses shortfalls of 'migrant' education listen

10/21/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Just over 20 people gathered in the Grace Allen Room at the University of South Florida Library for the panel organized by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the Center for Migrant Education. It was moderated by Ann Cranston-Gingras, director of the Center for Migrant Education.

“[Education] becomes an issue because there are no ... regulations at the u...

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In talk with USF students, Tampa Mayor Buckhorn at loss for his opinion on DREAM Act listen

10/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In an attempt to raise political interest among college-aged voters, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn answered questions from students at USF Tampa last night. He said young adults should get more involved in politics, but fumbled over one of their questions about the DREAM Act.

As the Mayor of a city with a major university – one whose economic contribution is substantial – you would think Buckhorn would make sure he’s ...

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