Florida teachers are showing their support for Chicago teachers on strike by wearing red.

Karen Aronowitz is president of the United Teachers of Dade. She says Chicago teachers are standing up for themselves, and their students.

“And that includes physical facilities of the schools, schools without air conditioning, schools that never received the proper materials. And the general public sometimes just sees this as a money fight and it is not just a money fight. That is why we are wearing red. In solidarity,” Aronowitz said.

Susanna Wohlpart

Sanibel Island’s beaches are among the best places in the world to pick up seashells. They attract both serious and casual collectors.  And, for the casual collector who wants to learn more, the island has a world-class facility for doing so, The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum, which is accredited by American Association of Museums.  

The museum recently added a new exhibit honoring one of its founding forces, the late actor Raymond Burr.

K 12 Inc.'s Virtual Teaching Under Investigation

Sep 12, 2012

Florida's Department of Education has launched an investigation of K-12 - the nation's largest online educator.

The problem? There are allegations that the company used uncertified teachers and asked it's employees to cover up the practice.

WUSF's Craig Kopp talked with State Impact reporter O'Connor about K-12. 

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting also worked on this story.

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and StateImpact Florida have learned the state of Florida is investigating the nation’s largest online educator.

Florida’s Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, over allegations it is using uncertified teachers and asking employees to cover it up.

K12 officials asked certified teachers to sign class rosters which included students they hadn’t taught, according to documents that are part of the investigation.

Starting next fall, higher education funding will be based in part on performance.

Funding for state universities has been based in large part on student enrollment.

Next year, funding will be based on a formula that measures a university's performance.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, a teachers union representing pre-K through graduate school educators.

He says professors are worried their paychecks will soon be tied to performance, like public school teachers.