News Briefs

Chloe Herring | 6/12/2014, 9 a.m.

South Florida students improve FCAT scores in test’s final year

Students’ final act in the FCAT saw a small increase in performance on the standardized test. In Miami-Dade County, there was improvement in five of seven areas including math, reading and science. Educators hope the upward results will bring future success as the state continues to transition to the national curriculum standards called Common Core.

South Florida blanketed in smoke from Everglades fire

Monday evening showers cleared the haze from a West Broward brush fire whose smoke engulfed a huge part of South Florida. The fire, the result of lightning, started Saturday night and burned about 20,000 acres of the Everglades. A health advisory was issued cautioning people to stay indoors while much of the county was blanketed in smoke. Forest workers are doing what they can to contain the blaze.

Voters in Broward will decide whether to fund of school renovations

Broward County Public Schools, which has been rocked by a history of corruption, is now asking voters to back an $800 million bond. The measure will reach ballots Nov. 4 and is being proposed in order to fund crucial renovations and technological upgrades. The county’s school board unanimously pushed the idea into voters’ hands.

Black actress gets record-setting Tony Award

Audra McDonald, who recently graced the role as Billie Holiday in a broadway play, set a record for Tony Award wins Tuesday night. The actress now has six Tonys, with four in all acting categories. McDonald’s acceptance speech was a heartfelt acknowledgement of her parents’ support and determination. Her success breaks a three-way tie with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris.

Number of jobs return to pre-recession numbers, recovery still slow

The country finally has more jobs than it did before the recession began, according to a monthly job report from the government. Last month the U.S. had 138.5 workers on payrolls across the nation. May was the fourth month in a row that the number of jobs has increased. Economists say the slow increase is not enough to address the needs of young people and others who have recently been laid off. The nation is recovering from a deficit, barely surpassing the 138.4 million jobs available in 2008.