President of education non profit says school choice help the state’s most vulnerable students

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160721_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest was Doug Tuthill, President of Step up for Students, a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) for low-income families and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with certain special needs. Step Up For Students… Read more »

Candidates for state senate seat all want to tackle poverty; just differently

Four Democrats are running for a State Senate seat that includes parts of Hillsborough and South Pinellas Counties. They faced-off at a forum in the Enoch Davis Center in St. Petersburg. But the pre-screened questions provided for a subdued, almost scripted atmosphere. The NAACP Branch of Saint Petersburg organized the forum; attended by nearly 100… Read more »

Head of Florida’s largest teachers’ union discusses school vouchers, standardized testing

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160630_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our guest on Radioactivity Thursday was Joanne McCall, President of The Florida Education Association (FEA), a statewide federation of teacher and education workers’ labor unions in the state of Florida. Its 137,000 members make it the largest union in the state. McCall talked about  the controversy surrounding school vouchers, standardized testing , and how… Read more »

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

The looming teacher shortage in Florida; low-wage workers demand a living wage at McDonald’s HQ in Chicago

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160525_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we first looked at the local fight for a livable, $15 an hour wage that took two fast food workers to McDonalds’ headquarters to protest at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.  Our  Guests Bleu Rainer and Gail Rogers, who respectively work for Checkers and McDonalds’ in Tampa, joined home care, child… Read more »

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FAST will press Pinellas leaders on issues

A coalition of religious groups is asking Pinellas County leaders for improvements in three areas: reducing education disparities, alternatives to arresting youth and funding basic human services. Joining us in the studio for MidPoint were Pastor Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church, Kathy Filippelli from St. Matthews Catholic Church and Rev. Jean Cooley from Lakewood Presbyterian… Read more »

What life is like for the average teenager living in Sweden

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160405_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Recently, there has been much discussion about democratic socialism as practiced in Sweden, Norway, Finland and other European countries that also rank high in standards of education, healthcare, and standards of living. On Radioactivity Tuesday,we talk to a class of Swedish high school students, who are visiting the US and the… Read more »

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Students smoke to call attention to USF’s tobacco investments

Some University of South Florida students trying to call attention to the school’s investment policy are organizing a smoking party Wednesday on campus; the campus officially became smoke-free this academic year and the students say it’s hypocritical for the university foundation to invest in tobacco companies. WMNF interviewed Chris Johnson, a junior double-majoring in political science… Read more »

Florida This Week; USF graduate assistants demand higher wages

First on Radioactivity, we listen back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is hosted by Rob Lorei. This week’s panel of political insiders and experts discuss the Rubio/Bush feud, lead in the water at Sawgrass Lake Park, the highs and lows of the legislative… Read more »

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USF students will greet The Donald with Dump Trump action

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is coming to the USF SunDome Friday night and students are organizing a protest outside. Update, here’s audio from Rev. Bruce Wright, just before the Trump rally: WMNF News interviewed Elizabeth Kramer with SDS Tampa — Students for a Democratic Society. Listen: “One of the people saw an article that, you… Read more »

Saint Petersburg Mayor delivers hopeful State of the City Address

Mayor Rick Kriseman announces that the state of Saint Petersburg is strong and sunny. Kriseman delivered his State of the City address last Saturday at the Coliseum. The auditorium was packed with city workers, residents and elected officials. The mayor outlined progress already made then laid out his short and long term agenda’s. Mayor Kriseman… Read more »

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USF student government votes to divest from human rights abusers

This week the University of South Florida student government Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution to pull the university’s investments from companies involved in human rights violations against Palestinians; but USF appears ready to reject the students once again on this issue. Muhammad Imam, a 2nd–year medical student at USF and a student government senator, helped… Read more »

Former Superintendent Arthur Shapiro outlines what works, and doesn’t work, in education

By Rob Lorei We start the show by looking at the environmental strain caused by Tampa’s most enduring tradition: The Gasparilla boat parade. Every Winter the famed floatilla goes from Ballast Point to Downtown Tampa tossing plastic party beads to landside spectators. Today we speak with Doran Cushing, Sea captain with The United States Coast Guard,… Read more »

Criticized school lunch line policy put on hold

A Tampa middle school’s lunchroom incentive policy is on hold for now after a campaign led by students accused it of being discriminatory. Woodrow Wilson Middle School’s popular incentive card program inspired outrage when it was used to determine a student’s place in line to get into the cafeteria at lunch time. LaShawn Bates is… Read more »

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USF students to rally in solidarity with Mizzou

On Thursday afternoon USF students will rally in support of students at the University of Missouri who have faced threats of violence after the school’s president and provost resigned in response to student protests; black students organized the Mizzou demonstrations because they felt the administration was not doing enough to fight racism on campus. Nia Knighton… Read more »

How schools should discipline problem students; Koch brothers’ image make-over

By Rob Lorei A video depicting a South Carolina school resource officer slamming a female student to the ground last week has triggered a national conversation on how educators should handled troubled students. Joining in the conversation with us today are Joe Rutherford and Roaya Tyson from Grace Point, a mental health clinic in Tampa… Read more »

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Hillsborough Schools testing buses fueled by propane

The Hillsborough County public school district is updating an aging school bus fleet by purchasing new vehicles; and part of that push is testing buses that run on an alternative fuel: propane. Recently WMNF News spoke about this with School Board Member April Griffin. “We’re going to be looking at multiple manufacturers of buses. We’re also looking… Read more »