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Area school buses clear of stalling problem

The federal government is investigating a potential problem with school buses used across the nation.  Alachua County Public Schools Transportation Director Harrell Harrison says parents don’t have to worry about the school buses in the county. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Harrison1.mp3] The model in question could stall without any warning, but Harrison adds buses …

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Students cleared after bomb threat at Gainesville High School

Gainesville Police are sweeping Gainesville High School after fielding a bomb threat called in to the department.  Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says all the students have been evacuated, and school officials are just waiting for the “all clear”. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/JOHNSON3.mp3] She says the district does not deal with …

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Governor’s education funding plans bring mixed reviews

Governor Rick Scott’s plan to spend one-billion dollars on state public education has yet to become a favorite among Alachua County school officials.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich spoke with Alachua County Education Association President Karen McCann who says Governor Scott is taking the focus away from the students.. and into the pockets …

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Alachua county high schools make the grade

School grades released by the state show Alachua County High Schools performing very well. Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the school district is happy with the across-the-board improvement. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/Johnson1grade.mp3] She says the scores go beyond just FCAT performance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/Johnson2grade.mp3] Among the 6 high-performing schools, Buccholz, Newberry and …

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Big gaps anticipated in next year’s school budget

Education in Alachua County may see some significant funding deficits.  WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says Alachua County is waiting on the state to hand down the latest figures. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/SCHOOLBOARDWRAP.mp3] Alachua County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Keith Birkett says the county has built up a significant reserve to help allay the effects …

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Alachua County School system launches free mobile phone app for parents

Want to check your student’s attendance and progress in school? There is an “app” for that!  Alachua County Public Schools now has a free Campus Mobile Portal application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. Parents can check their child’s grades, test scores, attendance and other related information straight from their Apple device.  …

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Safety in Alachua County schools changed forever after 9/11 attack

The aftermath of 9/11 brought many security and safety routine changes to Alachua County Public Schools. Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the crisis management plans in place in schools throughout Alachua County are more specific now.  Corey Bachman reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/911PublicSchoolsWRAP.mp3]

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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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Florida schools bracing for cuts

Alachua County Public Schools are looking at $16 million in cuts under the proposed state budget, and School Board Member Gunnar Paulson says that may affect the quality of education overall. “You can only cut so long, and after so much money it’s going to start having an effect on …

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Alachua County students are on the "write" track

Alachua County Public School students earned higher marks than last year on the FCAT writing test they took back in March. The writing results released today show the district’s scores above the state averages in elementary and high school and matching the state average in middle school. Alachua County Public …

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