The State of Education
You can't live in Florida without hearing about FCAT on the news. It's a lightning rod issue, and the Florida legislature recently approved a new bill that will shake things up a bit more. We speak with a teacher, a former administrator, a researcher and a parent to learn their views on the FCAT. Host Irene Maher then introduces us to a group of leaders in Pinellas County determined help students caught in the achievement gap. Larry Elliston introduces us to tipper the dog, who's having a dog-gone good time getting kids excited to read.
The traditional path of high school to college to career is not always the best path for all students. This week, we explore some of the ways educators are working to get their students prepared for careers, not just prepared for graduation. Plus, we talk to those often left out of the education conversation: students.
Listen to Dennis Jauch detail the types of apprenticeship programs available at the Pinellas Technical Education Center (0:56)
Listen to Jauch explain why it's not true that vocational training is suited for students who have lower academic performance. (1:44)
Listen to Paul Wahnish describe how the engineering academy includes industry and parental involvement and why industries are eager to be involved in such programs. (2:30)
Florida CHOICES Career Interest Profiler
1. Click on Florida Choices
2. Click "Jump In" (No ID required)
3. Click "Choices Planner" button
4. Click "Interest Profiler" link
Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.
Florida Matters isn’t just one-way communication. We want you to get involved in the conversation each week and tell us what you think about the topics we’re discussing. All you have to do is sign up for a free account on our Web site -- it’s free, easy, and we promise we won’t share your information! We welcome your input as we continue to find new stories to share in the Bay area.
And if you have an idea for a show or want to contact the producers, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.