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Despite Losing Grant, Choral Group Still Teaching Miami Students To Sing

As soon as the fourth and fifth graders at Natural Bridge Elementary were handed the lyrics to Amazing Grace, they were ready to sing out. But first, they needed a lesson in the four voice types of a choir – bass, tenor, alto and soprano. One by one members of the group added their part […]

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 […]

Why Elementary Math Lessons Are Changing In Florida Schools

At dinner tables across Florida, parents and their elementary school children are trying to solve a math problem: What’s going on with my kid’s homework? Florida is one of dozens of states that has switched to new math standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade. Experts say […]

Florida College Says Education School Rankings Are Inaccurate

A Florida college rated “substandard” in national rankings of education schools said the rankings were “inaccurate and misleading” and rely too much on information obtained on the Internet. The National Council on Teacher Quality released a ranking of college and university elementary and secondary education programs Tuesday. Florida State College at Jacksonville was one of […]

Three Questions For An Elementary Principal About Common Core

Florida is in the process of transitioning to common core standards in public schools. The first full year of implementation is scheduled for 2014-15. 45 states and Washington, D.C. have agreed to adopt common core standards. The standards will measure whether students across the country are reaching certain benchmarks in English, Math and Language Arts. […]

Sex Abuse Victim Creates Curriculum To Protect Kindergarteners

“It is not okay for someone to hurt you.” Lauren Book is sitting with a kindergarten class at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of Arts in Tallahassee. “Can you think of another kind of unsafe secret?” Book is reading to the class as part of a new curriculum called Safer, Smarter Kids. “Would you keep a […]

Why Florida Schools Want the Right to Paddle Misbehaving Students

Spanking in school may seem like a relic of the past. But in Florida, students from preschoolers to high school seniors are still being paddled by teachers and principals. In parts of the state, mostly in the rural north, getting spanked at school, on your butt, with a wooden or fiberglass board, is just part […]

Covering Schools Requires an Education

Part of the reason I moved to StateImpact Florida from a newspaper was the chance to learn some skills and try new things. It turns out that producing radio news stories is much harder and a lot more work than I expected. You don’t show up sounding like NPR on your first day no matter […]

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