U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Dunbar High School in Fort Myers is an International Baccalaureate school, meaning its IB Diploma Program is designed to meet the highest standard requirement of any high school in the world. It’s also the Premier STEM IB school for the Lee County School District’s East and South Zones. Dunbar students are able to get advanced technology certifications from companies like Microsoft and Adobe, as well as attend college preparatory biomedical and engineering programs. In short, it’s a cutting edge technology high school. But, it’s also a Title I school, which means it has a high concentration of students who come from families living at or near the poverty line. We’re joined today by Dunbar’s principal, Carl Burnside, who spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about Dunbar’s technology programs. It was the first time a Lee County School official spoke before Congress about an academic program. We’re sitting down with Principal Burnside to debrief him on his trip to D.C. and get a sense of how things are going at Dunbar High, and how things have changed over his nearly twenty years at the school.

Time spent studying abroad, immersed in another culture, can be a defining experience in a person’s life journey. We’re sitting down today with a group of students from Florida Southwestern State College who recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy at Lorenzo de Medici. They are going to be talking about their time over there during the next session of FSW’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series called "Gaining a New Perspective: Italy Through Our Eyes."

It is officially mosquito season here in southwest Florida. But, what we experience these days is nothing like what we’d experience if it weren’t for mosquito control. We’re joined by Eric Jackson, he's Public Information Officer with the Lee County Mosquito Control District, to learn what lengths they go to to try and reduce the numbers of these flying pests. And we’re joined by Dr. Jonathan Day, he's Professor of Medical Entomology at the University of Florida to find out why mosquitos feast on some people and not others.

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The Hendry County School Board voted last month to participate in a newly-created Florida program which allows trained employees to carry concealed weapons in schools.

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High school students in Immokalee, who are on the college track, are earning scholarship dollars by tutoring elementary school kids in their community. As part of the program, the teenagers also have adult mentors who advise them throughout their adolescence.