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Gainesville Locals Win $15,000 To Start Music Education Program

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Local bands Flat Land and Bells and Robes and event company Phairground won $15,000 for music projects at the One Spark festival in Jacksonville. The group founded Future Music Makers Youth Enrichment Program, a project aimed at creating music programs in local schools.

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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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UF College of Education Seeks Renovation Funding For Historic Norman Hall

By on February 23rd, 2015 | Last updated: February 24, 2015 at 2:29 pm

University of Florida officials hope to receive state funding to renovate the College of Education building after years of maintenance issues. Norman Hall has had problems with mold, damaged windows and peeling paint.

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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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Gainesville High School Teacher Breaks Language Barrier with Furniture

By on February 4th, 2015 | Last updated: February 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Gainesville High School teacher Louise Yariv began her ESOL Closet project with the needs of her English for Speakers of Other Languages students in mind. The project started small but has grown to help provide students and their families with furniture, clothing and other necessities.

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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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