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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study Finds Florida Middle Schools Bad for Student Achievement

A study in Education Week makes the case for districts to get rid of middle schools in favor of K-8 schools. Harvard University researchers Guido Schwerdt and Martin R. West looked at public schools in Florida. They used statewide data to track kids in grades 3 through 10 from 2000 to 2009. The study found […]

Two Florida Middle School Students Suspended For A Hug

A hug is as popular as a handshake in the South.  We greet friends and family with a hug. We bid farewell with a hug. Just tell your kids not to do it in school. Two Brevard County middle school students received a day long, in-school suspension last week after the principal saw them hugging. […]

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