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More problems with standardized tests; discussion of education issues in Florida listen

04/20/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: education, Florida, Florida Legislature, Susan Smith, schools, charter schools, standardized tests, vouchers, Alan Grayson


There was a new round of problems around the state Monday with Florida's standardized tests; we spoke about this and several other state education issues with Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.

We also spoke about the state's class size amendment, education funding, charter schools and private school vouchers.

Here's The Associated Press story on Monday's testing problems:

Florida school districts are suspending testing amid a new round of ...

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School choice group defends voucher programs

03/21/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Step Up for Students, education, vouchers, charter schools

Step Up For Students facilitates corporate tax scholarships for low-income students to use to attend private schools.

The program is lauded by supporters as giving parents the option to remove students from failing schools and put them in schools they otherwise couldn't afford. But opponents argue it's just a way to funnel public dollars into private hands - and it undermines the separation of church and state because most of the vouchers are used for religious schools.

A bill in the Se...

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The Supreme Court's Decision on Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law: and Andy Ford, President of the Florida Education Association Speaks About Public Sector Workers, Vouchers, Charter Schools and Standardized Tests

06/27/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision on Arizona’s immigration law—SB 1070. The court set aside three provisions of the law that would have pre-empted federal law. One made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to seek work or hold a job….another would have required all immigrants to always carry papers or documents proving they are here legally…. And a third provision struck down authorized police to arrest without warrant anyone they believe committed a depo...

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Tampa Housing Authority awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide housing for homeless veterans listen

08/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa Housing Authority has recently received more than a half a million dollars to help local Veterans who are homeless or cannot afford their housing payments.

In July the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants to public housing agencies in every state. The funding totals $46.2 million. The Tampa Housing Authority was awarded 75 additional vouchers to provide assistance to veterans in need. Margaret Jones, Director of Assisted Housing for the Tampa Housing Autho...

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Interview with Robert Borosage: GOP plan to privatize Medicare; open phones

05/04/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Three weeks ago in Washington the Republican-controlled House passed Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget on April 15.

The vote was along party lines. The budget proposal aims to reduce the nation’s $14 trillion national debt but the proposal's plans to change health-care access for seniors have proven controversial.

The budget proposal replaces the Medicare guarantee for seniors over 65 with a voucher system that seniors would have ...


The Rick Scott Era: What can we expect?

01/06/11 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Our first Last Call program focused on the new Rick Scott tenure beginning in Florida.

In the studio we had St. Petersburg Democrat House Representative Rise Kriseman, and on the phone we had Chuck Kiker talking about Scott's "Vouchers for all" plan. Kiker is with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.

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Daine Ravitch Discusses Education Reform

06/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest on the first part of today's program is NYU education historian Diane Ravitch who has written a new book about high-stakes standardized tests and school choice: "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education." In the 1960's she was part of the Left side of the political spectrum. But she grew more conservative over time- joining the Education Department under George H. W. Bush. She backed the new generation of conservative r...

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Amendment weakening church-state separation inches closer to Florida ballot listen

04/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the state House and Senate moved a step closer to including an amendment to November’s ballot to repeal a ban on state funds to religious institutions.

House and Senate committees approved the proposed state constitutional amendment. Republican Rep. Kevin Ambler from Tampa supports it.

*We recognize that government is not ...


The State of Florida's Education System

07/03/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union.

We’ll talk about the state of education today in Florida, the budget cuts, the promises made by Gov. Charlie Crist to education and the impact of former Gov. Jeb Bush on the state’s school system. But first, some listener comments about yesterday’s program, which looked at the growing possibility that...

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