Monday, 07 March 2011 08:30
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 23:00
Florida’s public schools get a yearly grade based on standardized student test scores – the FCAT or Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. WGCU’s Valerie Alker recently visited two elementary schools. Both serve students where the majority qualify for free lunch and learn English as a second language. But based on FCAT scores one is an “A” school and the other a “D” school. As part of our quarterly Your Voice series this week on education, she has more in this report.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 23:00
More Florida counties are cutting the D.A.R.E. program from classrooms. In 2001, 84% of the states’ school districts participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for elementary schools. Today, less than half of them teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum. They often blame cost and scheduling issues. But instead of leaving the students without a drug prevention program, more districts are replacing it with one of their own. WGCU’s Amy Tardif reports.
Monday, 27 September 2010 00:00
Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
If you’re a parent and you’ve looked over a school supply list this year then you know the expenses can add up. Backpack drives and donations have helped many children in Sarasota County begin the year with the supplies they needed, but now three weeks in, even the basics are already running low. 47 percent of the students in the district are on the free or reduced lunch programs so teachers know that parents are having trouble keeping up. Mia McCormick heads into the classroom to find out just how teachers are coping with the problem.
Friday, 03 September 2010 09:23
The Collier County School Board held an information meeting and public comment session Thursday night on the class size amendment - and amendment eight – both of which will be put to voters on the November ballot. But as WGCU’s John Davis report, the school board’s presentation was delivered to a largely empty audience.
Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:56
Monday, 15 February 2010 08:58
Friday, 12 February 2010 09:11
Friday, 05 February 2010 10:02
Former Governor Jeb Bush, his wife Columba and his parents, former President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush – along with a host of well known authors – will be in Southwest Florida next Friday to celebrate reading. The annual event is a fundraiser for local family literacy programs and includes a VIP mix and mingle reception for supporters. Jeb Bush told WGCU’s Valerie Alker the love of reading begins at home.