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Florida First State To Require Concussion Training For High School Athletes

Florida is the first state in the nation to require high school football players

There’s growing concern about the risks of concussions in young athletes. For years, high school coaches have had to take courses on the dangers of head injuries. This year, for the first time, all high school athletes in Florida are required to educate themselves about concussions before they can compete. As the George Jenkins High [...]

Why ‘Community Schools’ Are Taking Root In Florida

Part of the curriculum at Evans High School

Evans High School Part of the curriculum at Evans High School Evans High School in Orange County used to be known as a dropout factory. But since 2007, it’s gone from a two-time F-rated school to a B-rated school – in one of Orlando’s most troubled neighborhoods. Now, the “community school” concept is spreading to [...]

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 [...]

“Ballin’ On A Budget:” How A Miami Teacher Keeps His Library Stocked

The shelf for advanced readers includes "Lolita," "Farewell to Arms" and "The Kite Runner."

Miami Northwestern High School teacher Daniel Dickey says there’s no silver bullet or secret book which will spark a student’s interest in reading. Instead, he says he asks questions and listens. “I sit down with that student and really figure out what is it that drives you?” Dickey says. “Why do you come to school? [...]

To Make High Schoolers Want To Read, Miami Teacher Makes It A Competition

Some of the books in Daniel Dickey's library. No student has tackled "Infinite Jest" yet, considered one of the longest and most complicated American novels.

John O’Connor / StateImpact Florida Miami Northwestern Senior High writing teacher Daniel Dickey says you have to be a good reader to be a good writer. He’s challenged his student to read one million words this year. Miami Northwestern High School English teacher Daniel Dickey has found a way to make his tenth graders brag [...]

Broward Schools Want Changes To Evaluations And High School Schedules

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.

Broward County school and union leaders want to make changes to test-based teacher evaluations and the county’s high school schedule. Superintendent Robert Runcie announced two task forces will study the issues and recommend changes. One goal is to come up with a teacher evaluation system that is less about punishing teachers who earn low scores [...]

The Science Supporting Starting High School Classes Later In The Morning

  Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning. Teenagers just can’t get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m. University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom said that’s because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift. “Teenagers are basically unable to [...]

2012-2013 Florida High School Grades

The Florida Department of Education released 2012-2013 high school grades on Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Education released 2013 high school grades, part of the state’s school accountability system. The data includes each component of the school’s score and demographic data.

More Florida High Schools Earn A, F Grades

Nearly half of Florida high schools — 48 percent — earned an A grade on the state’s report card, according to a report Florida Department of Education released Wednesday. That’s up from 31 percent of high schools earning a top grade two years ago. More than 80 percent of Florida high schools earned an A [...]

Newsweek: Florida Boasts 115 Of The Nation’s Best Public High Schools

More than 100 Florida public high schools are among America’s best — including the second-best high school in the country — according to Newsweek. The magazine ranks the country’s top 2,000 public high schools each year. Newsweek says the winners are “those that have proven to be most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” The [...]

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