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Tampa Bay Program Helps Fifth Graders Make Sense of Their Financial Futures

The first time some students learn about finances is during a high school economics class. Others learn by trial and error, but one program in the Tampa Bay area already has a  history of helping  students get an early start on making sense of their finances. Here in central Pinellas County, just like any community [...]

Florida’s New School Standards Both “Successful” And A “Disaster”

Frances S. Tucker Elementary School fifth grade teacher Yaliesperanza Salazar. Math lessons are carefully designed to match Florida's new Common Core-based standards.

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida Frances S. Tucker Elementary School fifth grade teacher Yaliesperanza Salazar. Math lessons are carefully designed to match Florida’s new Common Core-based standards. Florida just completed the first year of one of the biggest experiments in U.S. education. For the first time this year, every grade in every public school used [...]

Are High School Exit Exams An Unnecessary Barrier To Graduation?

Brandon Lewis, a junior at Miami's Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, passed Algebra I, but has struggled with the end-of-course exam in that subject.

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what’s happening in your state. Eight times Brandon Lewis has taken Florida’s Algebra [...]

Fine Arts Museum Bringing Students, Ancient Worlds Together

St. Petersburg Museium of Fine Arts docent Tina Douglass shares the story behind an African elephant mask with sixth graders from Clearwater's Oak Grove Middle School.

It’s just a few dozen yards from the charter buses to the stately columns of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts entrance. Dozens of energetic 12- and 13-year-olds jump off the bus after a 25-minute ride from their Clearwater’s Oak Grove Middle School. Volunteer docents scramble to sort out small groups by color, and [...]

Superintendents Say Fewer Florida Students Will Repeat Third Grade Next Year

Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, left, and Broward Teachers Union president Sharon Glickman, right, announced the creation of two task forces to recommend changes to teacher evaluations and high school schedules.

The superintendents of Florida two largest school district say it is less likely they’ll make students repeat third grade next year because of low state reading test scores. State law requires that students earning the lowest score on the reading exam have to repeat third grade unless they are granted an exemption. About 16,000 students [...]

Charter School Takes Aim At At-Risk Students

Jacklyn Brauning, 19, is one of the students at Enterprise High School. She is scheduled to graduate on June 4, 2015.

Of the more than 600 charter schools in Florida. Some focus on the arts, some on sciences. Others are high schools that help students who are at risk for not finishing or dropping out completely. At the crossroads of  busy four lane highway in Clearwater, students have to make their way through the noise and [...]

As Florida Reduces Testing, Teacher Evaluation Questions Remain

Broward Teachers Union president Sharon Glickman, with Broward County schools superintendent Robert Runcie, calling for changes to the teacher evaluation system in October.

Florida lawmakers’ decision to end mandatory final exams for every class will mean that more teachers’ performance will be judged on subjects they don’t teach. Concerned about the amount of testing in schools — and pressured by activists and educators — this year lawmakers rescinded a state law that requires school districts to have a [...]

John Oliver Spends 18 Minutes Shredding Standardized Testing

Republican, Democrat and independent candidates were unanimous Tuesday -- Florida schools test too much.

John Oliver spent 18 minutes taking on standardized testing, teacher evaluations and all things “accountability” related on his show, “Last Week Tonight.” And, of course, Florida plays a starring role. Warning: Salty language, off-color jokes and test monkeys ahead.

It Takes A “Forest” To Feed An Elementary School

The young crops in Kelsey Pharr Elementary school's new "food forest."

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden. But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potato and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root. On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field. Now [...]

Explaining Florida’s For-Profit College Industry

Corinthian Colleges, the parent company of Everest University, has agreed to sell or close all its campuses. This campus is Boston will close. Florida campuses will be sold.

Miami Herald reporter Michael Vasquez has spent a year digging into Florida’s for-profit college industry for a series called Higher Ed Hustle. About 300,000 Florida students attend a for-profit college, which often specialize in training low-skill workers for a new career. But students often find their degree doesn’t qualify for the career they were seeking, [...]

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