John O’Connor is a reporter for StateImpact Florida, a project of WUSF, WLRN and NPR covering education. John writes for the StateImpact Florida blog and produces stories for air on Florida public radio stations.
John is a former political reporter for The (Columbia, S.C.) State and the Daily Record in Baltimore. He has a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He was chosen as the South Carolina Press Association 2009 Journalist of the Year.
One of Florida's largest community colleges is trying to reduce the amount of debt its students take on. As part of a federal experiment, it has barred them from taking out any unsubsidized loans.
Critics charge that during his tenure in Indiana, Tony Bennett rigged the system to grade charter schools better.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney on the final night of the Republican National Convention. He may have provided a preview of his speech on Tuesday, explaining how he expects national perceptions of Romney to change this week.