Veteran Graduates Reintegration Program

Nov 21, 2012

The Allied Veterans Center in Jacksonville held a graduation ceremony Tuesday for the first vet to complete its Passport to Independence program. The 6-month long program helps troubled vets re-adjust to civilian life.

The Allied Veterans Center gives homeless veterans a place to live while they learn to navigate the civilian world. Iraqi War veteran, First Class Petty Officer Randy Wolffis says he was alone and living in a tent when he heard about the center and enrolled in its Passport program.

StateImpact: Jeb Bush Talks Education

Nov 19, 2012

45 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to implement new school curriculum and standardized tests. It's called Common Core and it'll replace Florida's FCAT.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is a big supporter of Common Core, and has been pushing this and other reform efforts around the country.

Education reporter Sarah Gonzalez with our StateImpact Florida team sat down with the conservative education advocate to talk about his national agenda.

The big story from last week's election was President Obama winning re-election. But there were some big results for education as well.

Voters had their say on Constitutional amendments and local tax questions. While an Indiana election might have some repercussions in Florida.

State won't Appeal Immigrant Tuition Ruling

Nov 6, 2012

The state will not appeal a court ruling that found it unconstitutional to charge out-of-state tuition to legal Florida residents whose parents are undocumented. The decision by the State Board of Education Tuesday means students can pay in-state tuition starting in January.

Five U.S. citizens sued over being forced to pay higher tuition because of their parents’ legal status.

Board member John Padget said the presidents of Broward College and other institutions are ready to abide by the judge’s ruling. 

Amy Tardif

Five-year-old Levi Adkisson had never been exposed to Spanish before this school year. But only a few weeks in, he’s following directions and reading in the language. He’s one of the native English-speaking students in Lilia Abuerne’s Spanish classroom in the new dual language program at Tice Elementary school in Lee County.

The program began this fall more than 50 years after the first school in Florida launched a dual language program. Two classes of kindergartners at Tice Elementary are learning in Spanish half the day and the other half in English. Some of the kids are native Spanish-speakers and some are native English-speakers. By the end of 5th grade, the goal is for all of them to be bilingual and biliterate.