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Florida / Funding / Testing

Florida Senate Starts Looking At Teacher Pay, School Funding, Recess, And Testing

Florida lawmakers could take up an education agenda that includes testing changes, recess, more money for teachers and a greater focus on higher education—at least, in the Senate.

Educational attainment goals by state. Credit: Credit Higher Education Coordinating Council.
Florida / Higher Education

Higher Ed Council Sets Goal To Boost Education Levels Of Floridians

The council wants to see fifty-five percent of Floridians between the age of 25 and 64 earning industry certifications or degrees by 2025.

Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum.
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Florida / Higher Education

FAMU’s Mangum Could Be Out By Sept.15

Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum is negotiating terms for stepping down from her position. A committee made up of members of the school’s board of trustees has approved a tentative deal that could lead to Mangum stepping down in mid-September

Florida Education Board Asks For Legal Options To Address Jefferson School Failures
Florida

Florida Education Board Asks For Legal Options To Address Jefferson School Failures

The Florida Board of Education is growing frustrated with the failures of the Jefferson County School District, and it’s looking for solutions, including a merger. But it’s running into legal roadblocks, and Wednesday’s meeting didn’t provide any resolution. Meanwhile, the district’s superintendent has lost his reelection bid.

Nursing student. Credit: Tallahassee Community College
Audio / Florida / science

Florida’s Public University System Wants To Woo Nursing Faculty With Incentive Program

Florida’s public university system is developing a program to address a shortage in nurses. The American Academy of Nursing has projected a shortfall extending through 2030.

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Audio / Community / Florida

Ziffer, Pons Continue Clash Over Community School; Ziffer Says He Won’t Meet With Pons Alone

A meeting on a proposed community school in Southern Tallahassee was abruptly canceled April 28. It’s the latest in the fight between school superintendent Jackie Pons and City commissioner Gil Ziffer over the plan.

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.