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Intersection: Focus On Education

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Beacon College classroom. PHOTO: Beacon College

Among the first pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Rick Scott this year were bills aimed at helping students with special needs.

The new legislation is personally significant for Senate President Andy Gardiner, whose son Andrew has Down syndrome. We’ll talk with Andy Gardiner about what Florida is doing to help students who, as he puts it, have unique abilities.

Then, Beacon College is the first college in the U.S. to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to students with ADHD and other learning disabilities. George Hagerty, the president of the college, talks about Beacon’s unique challenges.

And, as families from Puerto Rico and other countries flock to Central Florida, Osceola County teacher Manny Hernandez says schools need to do more to help students whose first language is not English.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »