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Activists rally against Scott, GOP legislature over a slew of issues listen

03/28/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Since the start of the legislative session, droves of people unhappy with Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled legislature have been spending Friday afternoons rallying against numerous state policies. Protesters don’t think they’ll be changing the governor’s mind any time soon, but they do hope to draw attention from fellow voters.

Republican State Representative Dana Young’s Tamp...

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Rick Scott signs teacher pay and tenure bill then is protested at Tampa charter school

03/24/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Governor Rick Scott signed his first bill as governor this morning in Jacksonville. The governor later spoke at Pepin Academy, a charter school in Tampa, to discuss the future of education in Florida.

Senate Bill 736, or "Son of 6" as many opponents are calling it, is a bill that requires teacher pay be linked to student performance. According to information released by Scott’s administration, tests, including the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT, will be used to measure stu...

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Controversial teacher pay and tenure bill passes Florida Senate listen

03/10/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year former governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill doing away with teacher tenure and linking teacher pay to student test scores. The state Senate passed a modified version of the bill today, and the governor is almost certain to sign it into law.

Supporters say it’s a much needed – if imperfect – kick start to education reform. Opponents say it places student success squarely on the shoulders of teachers. Senate Bill 736 passed pretty much along party lines. The exceptions were D...

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School officials from all over Florida "Lead The Way" listen

01/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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School Superintendents and Teacher’s Association Presidents from all over the state met yesterday and today to discuss the future plans for education reform. The “Leading the Way” conference addressed some tough issues.

Florida Schools are facing a series of uncertain changes in the coming months and years with the arrival of an all new Rick Scott-led administration. School officials made certain they were ready for the changes by proposing one very dominant theme. Randi Weingarten,...

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Florida CFO Alex Sink on the 2010 races for Florida Governor and US Senate listen

05/17/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, is the leading Democratic candidate for Governor. WMNF caught up with Sink earlier this month and asked her about the state’s interesting race for U.S. Senate: “in a three-way race, anything might happen,” and about her race for Governor.

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Crist leaves Republican party listen

04/30/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s official: Governor Charlie Crist is running for US Senate with no party affiliation. He announced it in Downtown St. Petersburg yesterday to a mostly adoring crowd.

The announcement comes after months of speculation as to whether Crist would stay in the Republican party and face ultra-conservative GOP Senate hopeful Marco Rubio in the primary, or go independent. The former would have meant campaigning against a once unknown opponent who now leads him in the polls by nearly thirty po...

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Crist vetoes controversial teacher bill SB 6 listen

04/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Shortly after noon today, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, a controversial education bill that would have tied teacher pay and evaluations to student scores on standardized tests.

Crist said several issues of concern led him to veto.

There was a huge backlash against SB 6 before and after it was passed last Thursday. That includes students walking out of classes, teachers calling in sick, and rallies across the state. Crist acknowledged he was influenced by the bill’s oppo...

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CFO candidate Loranne Ausley calls for Crist to veto SB 6 listen

04/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pressure is growing on Governor Charlie Crist to veto SB 6 – the controversial bill passed last week by the Florida Legislature to tie teacher evaluations and pay to student performance on standardized tests.

Even some Republicans running for statewide office oppose SB 6, including gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery who voted against it in the Senate.

All Democrats running for statewide office oppose it. That includes Loranne Ausley, a former state legislator who is running to be...

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Miami-Dade Teachers Union Leader Doesn't Condone "Sick-Out" Actions Over SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today, some South Florida teachers held a “sick-out” to protest Senate Bill 6. Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to veto the bill, which will link teacher pay to student performance, among other things. One quarter of Miami-Dade County teachers called in sick, apparently to protest the bill. United Teachers of Dade president Karen Aronowitz told WMNF that her group did not support the sick out, but that SB 6 would...

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Not All Teachers Oppose SB 6 listen

04/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Not all teachers oppose Senate Bill 6. Fran Strayhorn is a kindergarten teacher at Gulfport Montessori She said it would force teachers to work harder.

While the bill’s opponents say it would place an undue burden on educators while leaving families off the hook when it comes to student success, Strayhorn says someone has to take up the slack.

She said that to expect some families to step up their involvement in their children’s education...

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