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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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UF Fabrication Lab Moving To Innovation Square

By on February 6th, 2015 | Last updated: February 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm

In a cramped, windowless room tucked away in the University of Florida’s architecture building, the printers don’t just put ink to paper. The ultramodern machines in UF’s Fab Lab create jewelry, lamps and home decor.

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Law School Enrollment Among Minorities Decreases Nationally, Increases At UF

By on February 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: February 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Law school enrollment of minorities has been on the decline since 1993 nationally. The decline has raised concerns over equality in the educational system.

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Research Shows Paddling Still Prevalent in Florida Schools

By on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Many school districts that allow corporal punishment are in Florida’s northern rural counties, with Suwannee near the top of the list. A team of University of Florida researchers is calling for an immediate end to paddling, a source of increased dropouts and lawsuits, according to a research study.

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Fundraiser Drives Marion County Elementary School Students to Create License Plate Art

By on January 14th, 2015 | Last updated: January 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

By making art on license plates, elementary school students flex their creative muscles while raising money for their schools’ art programs.

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Norton Elementary Serves It All

By on November 12th, 2014 | Last updated: November 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

In addition to breakfast and lunch, Norton Elementary School now serves dinner to students enrolled in its after-school program. Dinner is currently scheduled to be served at 2 p.m.

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Amendment 4 Could Bring Back Marion County Teachers And School Programs

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

On Election Day, Marion County voters will vote on Amendment 4, which calls for the millage rate to increase. The extra money will go toward school programs and teacher salaries, potentially bringing back laid-off, first-year teachers.

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