Recent budget cuts in education have led the Marion County School Board to consider enacting a 4-day school week for its students. Florida received three billion dollars in federal stimulus tax money for education, but Marion County Schools estimates the district must still shave off 19 million dollars from their budget next year. WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy spoke with Marion County Public Schools spokesman Kevin Christian, who says this plan would not be in violation of any educational guidelines.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Christian1.mp3]
Thirteen local students won the national 2021 Milton Wolf Prize in Student Advocacy. The students in Mrs. Zelaya’s class identified and researched a problem in their community. They also presented their findings and possible solutions in English and Spanish to help educate others. Along with a grant for the school, the winners were awarded cash prizes. Half of the $900 prize will be donated to Hurricane Ida relief and the other half will provide essentials for underprivileged students. Even though the competition is over, the students plan on continuing their service efforts throughout the rest of the school year.