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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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In Land O' Lakes, Biden says approving Obama's jobs bill would stop teacher layoffs, and then some listen

10/05/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is facing hurdles from Congressional Republicans in passing a new jobs bill. But yesterday at an elementary school in Land O’ Lakes, Vice President Joe Biden said passing the plan would put 35 billion dollars back into education.

Biden: “Yes?”

Student: “Do you know how often the President does nothing or pocket vetoes a bill?”

Biden: “Well, we have not pocket vetoed…wow, you’re real smart man……No, I...

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Vice President Joe Biden says Obama's Job's Act could create 400,000 teaching jobs listen

10/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Vice President Joe Biden told a library full of students, educators and even some laid-off teachers why President Obama’s Jobs Act will help education. This afternoon in Land O’ Lakes Biden said it would put 35 billion dollars into public education and create 400,000 jobs.

Biden told a crowd of about 200 people, America can do better for our children. He spoke to a class of 25 fifth graders before giving his jobs press conference. Under ...

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Clearwater musicians join the first global "Playing for Change Day" listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Anyone searching for Bob Marley’s “One Love” video online may have seen a film called Playing for Change. It includes clips of musicians playing the famous tune in different cities around the world. The Playing for Change Foundation made the video, and is a nonprofit dedicated to providing music and arts education to underprivileged children worldwide. Last Saturda...

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City and school officials share resources at "Parent University" for success in school listen

09/16/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Not all students have the same community resources needed to succeed in school. Last weekend on the campus of University of South Florida St. Petersburg, community groups held what they called a Parent University to provide resources for parents and young students.

Dr. Shelley Stewart is the Founder and Board President of The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation, a national non-profit created in honor of his mother that helps reduce the dropout rate nationwide. He ...

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WorkNet Pinellas holds 5th Annual Business & Education Summit listen

09/16/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One reason it may be hard for people to find work is because many job skills are not taught in school curricula. Today was the 5th annu8al business and education summit, which sought to give local school curricula guidance from the Pinellas business community.

Many businesses believe that they can help provide students with skills that will get students in the jobs they want by summits like today. WorkNet Pinellas held the summit along with several other corporate sponsors. Tony Leisner i...

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Students from Rwanda's Akilah Institute for Women take calls from Tampa Bay listeners

09/14/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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We had three guests in our studio. They’re from the Akilah Institute for Women. It’s a college for young women in Kigali, Rwanda.

We were joined by two students: Allen Kazirwa and Noella Abijuru, and by Akilah’s founder, Tampa native Elizabeth Dearborn Davis.

They're in Tampa as part of their Metropolitan Safari tour of the United States.

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