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School Bells Ringing Earlier This Year

Alachua County public school students scored better than the statewide average in the Florida Standards Assessments, according to a press release. This is the second year that students took the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English language arts, math and the algebra and geometry end-of-course exams. Students are still taking the FCAT 2.0 exam in science and in the biology, civics and U.S. History end-of-course exams. (File photo/WUFT News)

Tens of thousands of Florida school children will return to their classrooms next week as districts take advantage of a state law that allows schools to start as early as Aug. 10. Forty of the 67 public school districts are opening Wednesday under a 2015 law that decoupled the school …

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Polk Elementary Teacher Is Florida Teacher Of Year

A Polk County math teacher has been chosen as Florida’s 2017 teacher of the year. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Highlands Grove Elementary School teacher Jessica Solano was selected from among five finalists. Solano will receive a $20,000 award funded by the state Department of Education and the Macy’s …

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Micanopy Man Collecting Pumpkins To Feed His Farm Animals

Megan D'Andrea left this pumpkin for Johnny Green at his house. D'Andrea started the Micanopy Matters Facebook page and found out about Green's pumpkin collection there. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Green)

Johnny Green is collecting old pumpkins to feed to his four baby pigs and 12 chickens in Micanopy. Green spread the word about his search for old pumpkins through Facebook, and community members have already donated. Green will pick them up around town or community members can drop them off at his Micanopy farm.

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