WFSU-FM Focus on American Graduate

WFSU-FM, WFSU's NPR affiliate station, reports on educational projects happening throughout the region that encourage students and their educators to take big steps towards graduation. Many of these stories focus on our region's rural communities.

Jefferson Elementary Turns To Music For Academic Inspiration
WFSU/Feb. 2, 2015
During budget cuts, local school courses in arts and music are often the first to go. But what happens when a school, or district—goes against the trend and starts putting those classes back in? Jefferson county's elementary school is trying to find out. Read the full story here.

School Voucher Proponents Take Their Message To Super Bowl Viewers
WFSU/Feb. 2, 2015
Opponents call the program school vouchers, but the technical name is the Corporate Tax Scholarship program. It’s the subject of a lawsuit. Supporters of the program are pushing for the lawsuit to be dropped—most recently appealing to a statewide audience through a Super Bowl Ad. Read the full story here.

Bridges As Art: Trinity School Alumna Gives A Lesson In Tech And Design
WFSU/Jan. 28, 2015
A local business is marrying art with engineering—a feat that’s made it one of the most in-demand firms in the nation when it comes to building industrial bridges. Wednesday the Figg Engineering group stopped at Trinity Catholic School to show kids how it’s done. Read the full story here.

Can Animals Really Help Students Read? The Science Behind The Movement
WFSU/Dec. 10, 2014
Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend. And over the years they’ve become companions for everything from law enforcement to therapy. Now, one program is using dogs to help kids read. But does it really work? Read the full story here.

Gadsden's Crossroad Academy Sets New Goals After National Recognition
WFSU/Oct. 17, 2014
A Gadsden County charter school has been designated as one of the best in the country and it's leaders say there's still more work to do. Read the full story here.

Too Much Testing? Parents Try Opting Out As Districts Create Thousands Of New Tests
WFSU/Oct. 3, 2014
Florida school district officials are writing thousands of new exams to administer to students this school year. The effort to create end-of-course tests in subjects not evaluated at the state level, is causing more parents, and local education officials to call for a time out on testing. Read the full story here.

Jefferson School District Seeks State Funds To Build A New Elementary School
WFSU/Sep. 11, 2014
The Jefferson County School District is about half the size it was a decade ago. Fewer students means less money. The district was able to build a new, combined middle-high school about five years ago with state funding, but the district now faces controversy over whether the district should build a new elementary school to replace the one that’s falling apart. Read the full story here.

A Cat Named Dennis: Just One Reason Monticello's Library Attracts So Many Visitors
WFSU/Aug. 28, 2014
The Jefferson County town of Monticello is home to a very busy library. An infusion of state and county funding will soon bring upgrades to the facility that offers more than books. Read the full story here.

A New School Year Boosts Hopes For An Education Revival In Jefferson County
WFSU/Aug. 19, 2014
Thousands of students across the Big Bend head back to the classrooms for the start of another school year. While it's business as usual for many of those districts, in Jefferson County--the worst school district in the state-- there’s a lot at stake for the teachers, administrators and its superintendent. Read the full story here.

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