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In-School Suspension: a Better Alternative or Waste of Time?

There is a place on school campuses for students who break the rules. In some Florida schools, it’s called SCSI. Marcus Pryor, a junior at Miami Northwestern Senior High, thinks it stands for School Criminal Scene Investigation. SCSI actually stands for School Center for Special Instruction. And in Miami, it’s where students go when they […]

Inside FCAT 2.0: What Changes Mean for Teachers, Students

Danna Contreras doesn’t like the new FCAT. The sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami emigrated from Colombia three years ago. She wears thick, pink-rimmed glasses and she squints a lot. She says the new computerized version is harder to take. “I think I am better with paper, not on the computer because […]

Rural Students Vs. Urban Students: Who Performs Better in College-Level Classes?

In Florida’s rural counties, high school leaders say they can’t offer as many college-level courses as large urban high schools. But rural students are more likely to earn college credit for the college courses they do take, than urban students. Low participation counts against the grade high schools get by the state, which is tied to […]

The 34 Miami Schools Where Students Walked Out for Trayvon Martin

Thousands of middle and high school students walked out of 34 Miami schools this week to protest the death of Miami Gardens teen, Trayvon Martin. We’ve got the full list of every school with a walkout from the Miami-Dade school district. And you can find all our coverage on how Trayvon Martin has impacted Florida […]

Students at 34 Miami Schools Walk Out of Class for Trayvon Martin

Students walked out of 34 Miami middle and high schools on Thursday and Friday, some chanting “Justice for Trayvon,” in a sign of solidarity with the 17-year-old black student who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month in Sanford, Fla. Protesters numbered more than 1,000 at some schools, others fewer than 100. Some […]

Miami High School Students Walk Out Of Class For Trayvon Martin

Hundreds of Carol City High School students walked out of class Thursday, a protest of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the subsequent police investigation, CBS 4 in Miami reports. The walkout happened about 12:30. Students in other Florida schools have worn “hoodies” as a sign of solidarity. Martin was wearing a hooded […]

Some Florida Students Make The Paddles Used To Discipline Classmates

The late comedian Richard Pryor had a classic bit about being forced to find and strip a “decent switch” so that his grandmother could administer a “decent whippin.’” Florida students in school districts that still use a paddle to spank misbehaving pupils know the feeling. At Holmes County High School in Bonifay, Fla., students make […]

Why School Leaders Say There’s Nothing Sexual About Paddling Students

Our story on Florida schools that paddle students was picked up by NPR and we’ve gotten some comments from folks who wondered about a sexual element to spanking. John Shelley (JackinVosburg) wrote: Why do they hit the kids in the butt? Is this a sexual thing? Conky Swayze (Conky) wrote: There’s so much sexual connotation with […]

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 […]

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