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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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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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