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What is it like to be a teacher in South Florida? What are the challenges teachers face daily?

According to the Florida Education Association (FEA), approximately 250,000 students started school without a permanent teacher. There are more than 4,000 teacher openings across the state. 

A Texas hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for care after a 2017 heart attack told the patient Thursday it would slash the bill to $332.29 — but not before a story about the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills that afflict a growing number of Americans.

The story of Drew Calver was first reported by NPR and Kaiser Health News on Monday as part of the "Bill of the Month" series, which examines U.S. health care prices and the troubles patients run up against in the $3.5 trillion industry.

Voters Approve Property Tax To Give Broward Teachers Six Percent Raise

Aug 29, 2018
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Broward voters put aside their concerns about school district financial management and approved a new property tax earmarked for teachers, school security officers and student mental health care.

The tax is expected to raise $93 million a year, most of which will be used to give teachers a 6 percent raise. The higher pay will last for four years and would have to be renewed by voters in 2022 to continue.

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Fed up with lack of funding from Tallahassee and under pressure from a frustrated teacher corps that can't keep up with skyrocketing costs of living, the Miami-Dade County school district may soon turn to voters for help.

At a special board meeting Wednesday, the School Board unanimously voted to direct district staff to develop language for a referendum to be placed on the November ballot. It would ask voters if they would pay more in property taxes to supplement educator salaries and fund school safety personnel.

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It's a financial nightmare for public school teachers across the country: Federal grants they received to work in low-income schools were converted to thousands of dollars in loans that they now must pay back.

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There's a reason why people are seriously considering having Miami teachers live at school.

Miami area teachers can now only afford 9 percent of area homes, according to new data from Trulia.

More than 9 in 10 teachers say they joined the profession for idealistic reasons — "I wanted to do good" — but most are struggling to some extent economically.

As the wave of teacher walkouts moves to Arizona and Colorado this week, an NPR/Ipsos poll shows strong support among Americans for improving teachers' pay and for their right to strike.

Teachers have staged protests in recent weeks in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona. Some are fighting lawmakers who want to scale back their pensions.

It's no secret that many states have badly underfunded their teacher pension plans for decades and now find themselves drowning in debt. But this pensions fight is also complicated by one little-known fact:

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Most of the students at Royal Palm Elementary in Miami have Spanish-speaking families.

But those families also want their kids to speak – and read and write – more Spanish in school.

So teacher Alexandra Martin is leading her first grade class through “Vamos Papa,” with each child reading a passage from the Spanish language story. Martin helps students through proper pronunciation and words they stumble on.

This is the Miami-Dade public schools’ extended foreign language program, or EFL

New Florida Teacher Bonus Program Draws Complaints

Oct 12, 2015
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In Brigette Kinney’s design class at Ada Merritt K-8 center in Miami, one of the key concepts is editing and revising ideas after getting feedback.

Her 8th graders create role-playing games based on books they read. Then they adjust the games  after watching their classmates play.

Kinney hopes Florida lawmakers will be as open to change as her students.

“I feel that legislators are out of touch with what it means to be a good teacher,” she said.

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Miami teacher Brigette Kinney said she doesn’t always hear about school news when classes are out for the summer.

So Kinney missed the word that state legislators set aside $44 million for bonuses based on SAT and ACT scores during a special summer budget session. Teachers who scored in the top 20 percent the year they took the exam and earned a “highly effective” teacher evaluation are eligible.

But Kinney said she didn’t learn about the bonuses until she returned to school in August -- and that may have been too late.

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The State Board of Education approved a new statewide standard for the test-based portion of teacher evaluations Thursday.