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Gainesville High Teacher Cultivates Student Creativity

By on June 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: June 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Gainesville High School teacher Tony Malo uses unique teaching and disciplinary methods to prepare students for the workforce and empower them to be self-motivated while learning to collaborate in groups. He believes his experiential learning methods are more effective than teaching for standardized tests.

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Dollar General Awards Three Local Schools $135,000 For Fast ForWord

By on May 29th, 2015 | Last updated: May 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

On Wednesday, Alachua Elementary School, W.W. Irby Elementary School and A.L. Mebane Middle School were awarded $135,000 by Dollar General to fund Fast ForWord, a program designed to improve language and reading competency in students. This is part of a five-year language development initiative to implement the program in all elementary schools in Alachua County.

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Alachua County Schools Receive $1.2 Million

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Gov. Rick Scott awarded a $1,277,312 check to 20 Alachua County schools Tuesday at Stephen Foster Elementary School. The money is part of the Florida School Recognition Program which is giving $124 million to schools statewide.

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Community Leaders Sign Education Compact

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Community, business, government and education leaders signed a compact aiming to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for students in Alachua County through collaborative efforts. The compact was signed on Monday by 21 people.

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Alachua County School Board Passes Rezoning Plan That Will Dissolve Waldo Community School

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

The Alachua County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to consolidate Waldo Community School with Shell Elementary School. The decision marks the end of a hard fought battle for Waldo to keep its school.

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Beekeeping Certification Gives Florida Inmates Skills For A Second Chance

By on April 29th, 2015 | Last updated: April 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

Seventeen inmates in Lake Butler will be the latest class of certified beekeepers from the the Reception and Medical Center’s Beekeeping Program. The Florida Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Agriculture created the re-entry program for inmates who were about to be released.

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Eastside High School Culinary Team Wins Sixth Place In National Competition

By on April 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: April 22, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Students of Eastside High School’s Institute of Culinary Arts competed in the National Prostart Invitational in Anaheim, California, hosted by the National Restaurant Association. The team came in sixth place.

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Two Years After Grant Ends, Alachua County Schools See Little Improvement

By on April 18th, 2015 | Last updated: April 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Alachua County schools received a $2 million grant five years ago. Three of the schools that benefited greatly from the money haven’t seen much improvement in their school grades.

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New Program Hopes To Bring Nutritional Education To Elementary Schools

By on April 16th, 2015 | Last updated: April 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Stephen Foster Elementary School is the first elementary school to participate in Kids in the Kitchen, a program that teaches students about nutritional food options and food preparation. The program was started by Pamela McMahon, Ph.D., a retired University of Florida faculty member and registered dietician.

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UF Students Welcome Bill Proposing Tax-Free Textbooks

By on April 13th, 2015 | Last updated: April 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

A new law in Florida could help students save money on expensive textbooks. The bill looks to eliminate the sales tax from textbooks to give students a break on the hundreds they already spend on required texts.

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