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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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Four-Year Degree Limitation Proposed By State Senator Sparks Debate

By on April 6th, 2015 | Last updated: April 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Senator Joe Negron proposed to limit baccalaureate programs in Florida community colleges in a recent Senate Higher Education Committee. Santa Fe provost Ed Bonahue argues that the attention should be placed on enrollment, not the programs.

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Scott Plans To Reduce Standardized Testing Statewide

By on February 27th, 2015 | Last updated: February 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

An executive action to be issued by Governor Scott would reduce the number of tests Florida students are required to take. Subsequent legislation would eliminate progress-monitoring requirements, make certain exams optional and reassess how to evaluate teachers in public schools.

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Marion County Teacher Speaks Out Against FSA Test

By on February 26th, 2015 | Last updated: February 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Ocala elementary school teacher Jeanelle Wellhoner apologized Sunday in an open letter in the Ocala Star-Banner. She said her students would fail due to the teaching styles advocated by Common Core.

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High School Students Choosing High-Level Courses Over Electives

By on February 24th, 2015 | Last updated: February 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

High school students like Taylor Christian choose to enroll in higher-level classes over elective courses to attract future college admission officers. This change in enrollment has resulted in fewer elective class periods for students to choose from.

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Scott’s Education Budget Raises Concerns Over For-Profit Charter Schools

By on February 19th, 2015 | Last updated: February 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget has Alachua County public school educators voicing concerns over the distribution of funds allotted to for-profit charter schools. Under his budget, charter schools receive about $125,000 more per school than their public school counterparts.

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Florida Students Unable To Opt Out Of Standardized Testing

By on February 16th, 2015 | Last updated: February 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Excessive standardized tests have driven parents and school board members across the state to speak out. Opposition groups are pressuring legislators to change the testing policies.

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Loan Forgiveness Bill Hopes To Benefit STEM Graduates

By on February 12th, 2015 | Last updated: February 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

A bill introduced by Rep. Ed Narain would pay up for to $16,000 in student loan debt for qualified candidates. Candidates must be a graduate of a state university, obtain a teaching certificate, be employed by a school district and teach any STEM subject at a public school within Florida for at least eight consecutive years.

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