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Why American students need to learn a second language

Florida Today – Terri Friedlander

“Trivia question: What language is the most widely spoken in the world? By virtue of population, it’s Mandarin Chinese. Although English is traditionally considered the language of business, Spanish is spoken by 48.6 million people in the US, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. English is the third. For some American students, completing two years of another language is a struggle.  Because the system is not geared to teaching a second language with the purpose of using it as a life skill, just like Math or Sciences or English, the motivation is often not there.” (more)

Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

News-Press – Michelle Dennard

“Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth.” (more)

Did Tenure Reform in Florida Affect Student Test Scores?

Education Next – Celeste Carruthers, David Figlio and Tim Sass

“We examine the elimination of teacher tenure in Florida to better understand how job protections for teachers affect students. We focus on identifying the effect of removing tenure as part of Florida’s 2011 Student Success Act on student outcomes, and in particular the effect if this legislation on student achievement.” (more)

STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

SRQ – Jacob Ogles

“Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.” (more)

Walkout Highlights, Coast to Coast: Recapping the Student Protests, and the Sights and Sounds That Helped #Enough Trend on Social Media

The 74 Million – Mitchell Trinka and Laura Fay

“Exactly one month after 17 people were killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across America walked out of their schools to honor those killed and to protest gun violence. National School Walkout day, which encompassed more than 2,800 protests organized in part by Women’s March, included students, faculty, and supporters walking out for at least 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in each time zone. Most online discussion of the day’s events used the Twitter hashtag #Enough. We’ve highlighted the most notable updates below:.” (more)