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By Thomas Lynn on October 16th, 2014 | Last updated: October 17, 2014 at 9:36 am
Funding for Orange Grove Text Plus, an open-acess textbook initiative, can make textbooks even more affordable than e-textbooks. If enacted, it could cost students almost nothing.
By Alexandra Jones on October 15th, 2014 | Last updated: October 16, 2014 at 10:44 am
Florida Prepaid College plans have dropped nearly 50 percent in price due to new legislation. Families that enrolled after 2008 are also eligible for refunds or reduced monthly fees.
By Whitney Lavaux on October 14th, 2014 | Last updated: October 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm
Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and Dr. David W. McLaughlin move forward in the search for a new president for the University of Florida. Dr. Sibrandes Poppema was not selected to continue on in the presidential search.
By Qianwen Zhang and Robin Andrews on September 24th, 2014 | Last updated: September 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm
Parents and teachers in Alachua County spoke out against elementary school standardized testing they say is too advanced. Students in kindergarten through second grade are expected to take up to nine state-required tests.
By Alex Paige on September 24th, 2014 | Last updated: September 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office launched a program to educate the community about life in jail. A mobile jail cell called the “jail on wheels” shows the typical specifications of a jail cell and is housed in a standard utility trailer.
By Christy Wideman on September 15th, 2014 | Last updated: September 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Beginning Sept. 20, families that purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan may receive refund benefits, price reductions and waived enrollment fees. Payment reductions will be applied to Prepaid Plans and refund checks will be processed and mailed within four to six weeks after.
By Carla Vianna on September 15th, 2014 | Last updated: September 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm
A Clay County mother has filed a complaint with FERPA after her daughter was told to wear a pair of red pants and a bright yellow T-shirt with the words “Dress Code Violation” visibly printed on both. The punishment came after an Oakleaf High School teacher said the student’s skirt was too short.
By Andrew Kays on September 15th, 2014 | Last updated: September 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm
According to a letter from the Alachua County Superintendent of Schools Owen Roberts, FAIR testing for students in kindergarten through the second grade has been cancelled for the year. The test will be temporarily replaced by an observational sheet for each student.
By Qianwen Zhang on September 15th, 2014 | Last updated: September 15, 2014 at 11:14 am
Alachua County Public School juniors continue to outperform their peers in the state on the ACT college entrance exam in 2014 and almost achieve the national average score by students who are graduating. The average overall score for Alachua County juniors is [...]
By Amanda Di Lella on September 11th, 2014 | Last updated: September 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm
An Alachua County teacher is refusing to administer a state-mandated test to her students.