Education

Alachua county algebra grades higher than state average

The state of Florida has implemented a new algebra end of course exam for all public schools. The results of the exam released yesterday show that Alachua County Public School students are among the top performers in the state. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson reports, this state required exam makes it …

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New Alachua County elementary school begins construction

School district officials say construction on Alachua County’s newest elementary school is setting standards higher. It will open in time for fall of 20-12 and will relieve overpopulated school zones on the western side of Gainesville. Public Information Officer for Alachua County Public Schools Jackie Johnson says this building will …

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Marion FCAT scores remain at same levels

The state released the 2011 FCAT results. As WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta reports, Marion County’s results came out about the same when compared to last year, and to the state. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FCATscoreswrap.mp3]

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UF increases emphasis on alcohol safety

The University of Florida is cracking down on alcohol policies after autopsy results for a UF student confirms traces of alcohol abuse. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says alcohol poisoning was responsible for Molly Ammon’s death over spring break. Department of Health Education Associate Professor Virginia Dodd says UF is …

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More than forty veteran teachers set to retire this year

The number of veteran teachers retiring in the Alachua County public school district is more than forty for this year alone. Legislative changes to education are to blame. WUFT-FM’s, Joey Lancos spoke with President of the Alachua County Education Association, Karen McCann, who says the rise in retirements of veteran …

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FCAT scores in for Alachua County 3rd graders

The Florida Department of Education released scores from the 2011 FCAT for local third-graders today. Over seventy percent of Alachua County’s third-graders were judged proficient in both reading and math. Alachua County School Board Deputy Superintendent Sandy Hollinger says slightly lower scores than last year show more progress must be …

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