Articles written by: Lynn Hatter

Parents listen and discuss ideas for opting out of state exams in Leon County. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU
Florida / Taking on Tests

Taking on Tests: Opting Out in Florida

Parents listen and discuss ideas for opting out of state exams in Leon County. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU
It’s the fifth season of the year in Florida: testing season. Millions of Florida’s public school students, from third grade through 12th, are preparing to take the Florida Standards Assessment. The test has drawn scorn from parents, teachers, school administrators, and even lawmakers—yet it remains the main measure of how schools and districts are graded, kids promoted, and teachers evaluated.

SAIL High School junior Ram Moore is the lead programmer for the OctoPiRates. Credit: Lynn Hatter/WFSU.
Florida / Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South

Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South: Coding as a Foreign Language Credit

Computer coders have found a champion in Florida Senator Jeremy Ring. Ring, a former Yahoo! executive who helped build the company, believes coding and technology is an art, rather than a science. He wants to attract more students to STEM studies. As part of our series, Priming the Pipeline for STEM in the South, Lynn Hatter of WFSU reports on Ring’s proposal to allow Florida students to choose coding in order to fulfill a foreign language requirement for college.

Florida children participate in a rally in 2014  against the decision of a coalition of groups to sue over that state’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. Credit: Lynn Hatter, WFSU
Florida / Matters of Choice

Matters of Choice: Florida — A Hot Spot for School Choice

WFSU-FM’s Lynn Hatter takes a look at the decades-long movement that is school choice in Florida, one of the nation’s hot spots for school choice programs. While many ideas may have originated in other states, Florida has adopted them and created a massive alternative system.

Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South
Charter Schools / Charter Schools / Georgia / Tennessee

Charter Schools: Paying For Charter Schools In The South

Florida has about 650 charter schools. They are part of school districts but are privately managed and largely free of many of the rules governing traditional public schools. But as enrollment in charters has increased, so has the financial cost. WFSU’s Lynn Hatter reports for the Southern Education Desk that Tennessee and Georgia are also struggling to find ways to support their charter schools.