Story slug: 18florida
Scheduled publication date: Issue date is Jan 22 (copy deadlines Jan 15-16). No scheduled online date yet.
Reporter/editor: Catherine Gewertz/Erik Robelen
What’s this story about? In 2012-13, a new Florida law went into effect that required the 100 lowest-performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their day for reading instruction. Schools had a good deal of leeway in how to do this; we check with various schools and districts to see how they put the extra hour to use, and what results they saw.
Contact info: Venessa De La Peña
Pine Villa Elementary
Date/time/place for assignment: Wednesday, Jan. 15; 12:05-3:05pm at Pine Villa Elementary School, 21799 SW 117 Court, Miami
Thoughts on images/charts/interactives that capture the heart of the story? We need to be careful that what we are shooting is the reading program that the school is using during that extra hour of instruction mandated by the law. Before it went into effect, they were required to have a 90-min reading block, so be sure you're not shooting that. Some schools tacked the extra hour --often called an "intervention" --on to the 90 min block, others have it separately.