The Sunshine Economy: Education

Aug 19, 2013

A new school year is underway for hundreds of thousands of children in South Florida. A new year brings with it the potential of new learning, new skills... and new challenges.

Are our kids learning what they need to in order to compete in the global job market of the future?

South Florida schools welcome back students August 19 and WLRN's Sunshine Economy looks at the education industry with "Getting Schooled, Public Education in South Florida."

WLRN's State Impact Florida education reporter Sammy Mack co-hosts the program.

Two of the nation's largest public school districts are in our region. We talk with the superintendents of the Miami-Dade County Public School System and Broward County Public Schools to hear how Alberto Carvahlo and Robert Runcie are leading their districts' efforts.

Join host Tom Hudson every Monday at 9:00 a.m. for WLRN's ongoing series, The Sunshine Economy, a weekly look at the key industries transforming South Florida into a regional powerhouse.
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The 2013-2014 school year brings further expansion of the common core curriculum. John O'Connor, State Impact Florida education correspondent, will report on its implementation. And we will hear from parents about their expectations.

Charter schools continue to grow in Florida. Fort Lauderdale-based Charter Schools USA is one of the largest operators with more than four dozen in Florida plus additional schools across the country. We speak with its CEO Jon Hage at one of its earliest schools, Aventura City of Excellence School, in Aventura. 

Education is vital for a growing economy. It provides new opportunities, new ideas, strong communities and economic prosperity. Do teachers have what they need to get South Florida students prepared for tomorrow’s economy? We listen to several about how much of their own money then spend on their classrooms. And we speak with American Federation of Teacher's union chief Randi Weingarten about why she thinks Florida's accountability systems don't work.

Teachers are on the front lines of education, dealing with administrators, parents and students. As a teacher for 17 years,  Jeremy Glazer knows what it's like to face a classroom of kids. He tells us what a teacher would like the community to know about life behind the desk.