Archive for August, 2010


Orange County School Board Chair Candidates

From left, Homer Hartage, Leona Rachman and Bill Sublette candidates for Orange County School Board chair (Photo and graphic - CMF Public Media)To a series of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Orange County Florida, hear answers from candidates who qualified to run for Orange County Public School districts’ first voter-elected board chair. Each is heard unedited in this program. The candidates are Homer Hartage, Leona Rachman and Bill Sublette. In addition to opening and closing statements from each candidate, each is asked to respond to a series of thirteen questions asked by the forum’s moderator. The Q&A portion of this forum runs 45-minutes in addition to 4-minutes of League announcements and an explanation of event rules.
Feature Length — 00:55:02


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Commentary

Stephen McKenney Steck, president and founder of Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media (Photo & graphic - CMF Public Media)

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A feature of every Central Florida Matters is a 3-minute commentary presented by a voice that matters on an issue that voice believes matters.

The voice you’ll hear is that of Stephen McKenney Steck in his role as president of Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media commenting on the first anniversary of CMF Public Media.
Feature length – 04:00
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Vogel: 1-on-1

Seminole County School’s superintendent, Dr. Bill Vogel (photo & graphic - CMF Public Media)

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In Seminole County, Florida, kids enrolled in the county’s public schools have just returned to the classroom from their summer vacation. That occasion warrants this 1-on-1 interview with Seminole’s Superintendent of Schools’ Dr. Bill Vogel.

We ask Vogel about a range of vexing issues facing the school district. Those issues include the recent statewide controversy surrounding FCAT – the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the pending statewide class size amendment, merit pay and the federal Race to the Top initiative, the proposed half cent sales tax to benefit the district, and the seemingly always present budget challenges.
Feature length – 23:16
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Seminole School Board Candidates – District #5

Seminole County School Board candidates, district 5 (Chalk board - Ilco; photos & graphic - CMF Public Media)

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Voting Smart features excerpted answers to questions recently asked at a public forum of the three candidates running for election as school board members in District 5 of Seminole County, Florida. Those candidates are Tina Calderone, Becky Erwin and Jeanne Morris – the incumbent. If one of these 3 candidates receives 50% plus 1 vote, that candidate will be elected in the August 24 primary with no need to go forward to the November general election. However, if none receive more than 50% plus 1, there will be a November 2 runoff between the top 2 vote-getters in this race. Two other candidates running for district # 2 are featured in a separate Voting Smart segment now on line. The event was recorded Wednesday evening, July 28, 2010 at Crooms Academy of Information Technology, a magnet high school in Sanford, Florida. Feature length – 33:22
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Seminole School Board Candidates – District #2

Seminole County School Board candidates, district 2 (Bus photo - Lars Sundstrom; candidate photos - CMF Public Media)

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Voting Smart features excerpted answers to questions recently asked at a public forum of the two candidates running for election as school board members in District 2 of Seminole County, Florida. Those candidates are Paul J. Ackerman and Karen Almond. Neither candidate is the incumbent, as the current office holder – Sandy Robinson, is not seeking re-election. Your vote will elect one of these 2 candidates in the August 24 primary. No voting will be necessary for this seat in the November general election. Three other candidates running for district # 5 are featured in a separate Voting Smart segment now on line. The event was recorded Wednesday evening, July 28, 2010 at Crooms Academy of Information Technology, a magnet high school in Sanford, Florida.
Feature length – 23:57
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Central Florida Matters #17

Central Florida Matters # 17 - 1st Anniversary Edition (Photo - "Sunset Joy" - shirleybnz; graphic - CMF Public Media)

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All 5 contenders for 2 Seminole County Public School Board seats face the issues. Candidates for Casselberry’s city commission explain their differences. Seminole County School’s superintendent, Bill Vogel addresses FCAT, budgets and the half-cent sales tax. And CMF’s founder offers commentary on the occasion of CMF Public Media’s first anniversary.

These are the issues and voices featured in a traditional radio-style format in this 1st anniversary edition of Central Florida Matters, posted on line 8/19/2010.
Feature length – 01:55:07
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Orange County School Board Member Candidates

Candidates (Photo & graphic - CMF Public Media) To a series of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Orange County Florida, hear answers from candidates who qualified to run for the 3 out of 7 seats as a member of the Orange County Public School board. For district # 1, the candidates are Joie Cadle the incumbent and current board chair, and her challenger, Jacqueline Centeno. For district # 2, the candidates are George Collins and incumbent Daryl Flynn. A 3rd candidate in this race did not attend. He is Valentine C. Okonkwo. For district # 3, the candidates are Robert A. Lynn and incumbent Judge “Rick” Roach. In addition to opening and closing statements from each candidate, each is asked to respond to a series of 7-questions asked by the forum’s moderator. The Q&A portion of this forum runs 57-minutes in addition to 4-minutes of League announcements and an explanation of event rules. Feature Length — 01:06:08


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