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Common Core Opponents Expecting Protesters From Across The State

A group organizing a protest Saturday at an Orlando conference for new common education standards is expecting caravans of protesters from around the state and country will join them. Florida Parents Against Common Core expects groups from Southwest Florida, Port St. Lucie, West Palm, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia will join them at 11:30 Saturday morning […]

Hotel Pulls Plug On Orlando Common Core Protest

An Orlando hotel has canceled the reservations of a national political advocacy group which planned to train activists to oppose new education standards, according to The Blaze website. The training session by Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks was tied to a rally protesting a national conference on Common Core State Standards. The two events were scheduled for […]

Hillsborough Parents Want Better Training for School Employees Working With Disabled

Since January three Hillsborough County students with disabilities have died during school-related events. Isabella Herrera, 7, died in January after she had trouble breathing on a school bus. Jesse Shillingford, 15, drowned at a back-to-school party hosted by a charter school. And Jennifer Caballero, 11, wandered away from a gym class — and five aides […]

Five Reasons The Anti-FCAT Resolutions Won’t Work

School districts across the state are adopting a national resolution opposing the emphasis on standardized tests. In Florida, that test is called the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The exam has been particularly criticized this year after state officials raised standards and minimum scores — and the percentage of students passing some tests plunged as a […]

Jewish Group Asking FAU For Response To Mock Evictions

A Jewish community group wants some answers from Florida Atlantic University leadership after a Palestinian student group posted mock eviction notices on dorm doors last month. The Anti-Defamation League said the notices were “intimidating” and “hostile” to supporters of Israel, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The FAU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine put eviction […]

Mock Evictions Draw Criticism at Florida Atlantic University

Editor’s note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Tasnim Shamma; see response from FAU below. About 200 students at three residential dormitories of the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University returned home last Friday to find mock eviction notices posted on their doors. The notice said they had three days to collect their […]

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 […]

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