Charter schools are supposed to accept students regardless of ability…but in Florida, many are not.
Charter schools are designed to be an alternative for students who aren’t happy with their neighborhood school. But an investigation by StateImpact Florida and the Miami Herald found that charter schools aren’t an option for many students with severe disabilities.
Only 14 percent of charter schools serve kids with severe disabilities, compared to half of traditional public schools.
StateImpact Florida reporters Sarah Gonzalez and John O’Connor tell us the story behind their investigation, and the impact it is having.
We also talk with Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald. She and reporter Scott Hiaasen published “Cashing in on Kids,” a six-month investigation into charter schools.
An exhibit that examines what we think about nature versus what we know is now on display at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum. University Beat on WUSF TV takes us to “Mark Dion: Troubleshooting,” which takes the tools of a natural history museum and turns them into a thought-provoking exhibit.
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This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 is the second in a series of reports looking at USF’s research efforts in the hot-button topic of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
This time, we’ll examine USF efforts to develop a new education program aimed at creating strong STEM teachers for middle schools.
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Natural Art Exhibit
USF Contemporary Art Museum
STEM Research Part 2
Dr. Gladis Kersaint
Professor, USF Mathematics Education / Interim Dir., David C. Anchin Center / Assoc. Dean for Research
Website for the study, “Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program: Transforming STEM Teacher Preparation for the Transition Years"
In the final days before the Florida GOP primary, and we’re speaking with top political experts about what to expect, and what it all means.
Joining us is Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, GOP political consultant Mark Proctor, and USF political scientist Susan MacManus.