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Back To School Tax Holiday Extended

By on August 7th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

This year’s sales tax holiday, which begins on Friday, has been extended to 10-days. Eligible items include clothing priced under $100, school supplies $15 or less per item and personal computers on the first $750 of sale prices.

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Santa Fe Starts Physical Therapy Assistant Program

By on August 7th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 7:00 am

Santa Fe College will start the first physical therapist assistant program in Gainesville in fall 2016. The degree is a year-and-a-half long program and will accept 24 students each fall.

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Physics Bus Rolls Into Gainesville To Spark Creativity and Science

By on August 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: August 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Physics Bus Gainesville is a new non-profit organization rolling into Gainesville this spring. It uses air dryers, microwaves and old projector TVs to raise the publics interest in science.

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Hernando County Proposes School Rezoning Plans

By on July 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: July 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Hernando County public schools may be rezoned for the 2016-2017 school year. Plans to rezone several schools in the county came about due to overcrowding in some schools.

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Summer Programs Keep Migrant Children Learning

By on July 16th, 2015 | Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Counties around north central Florida are keeping migrant children learning throughout the summer. The programs are put into place to reduce disruptions migrant children face in their education due to frequent moves.

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Postdoctoral Student Creates STEM Program For Girls

By on July 12th, 2015 | Last updated: July 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Charlotte Germain-Aubrey, a biology postdoctoral student, created a camp for middle school girls where they can be exposed to the different STEM fields. A different field of science is covered each day at WiSE Girlz Camp, including biology, chemistry, astronomy, engineering and computer science.

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Alachua County Delays Approval Of Contract For Police In Schools

By on July 10th, 2015 | Last updated: July 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm

The Alachua County Commission met Tuesday to discuss police presence in schools. Discussions reached a stalemate as Superintendent Owen Roberts did not approve the request for police due to funding limits.

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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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