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High schools across Florida receive false active shooter phone calls, following disturbing nationwide pattern

Law enforcement across Florida received hoax phone calls of active shooter situations at schools on Tuesday, including at Eastside and Santa Fe high schools in Alachua County. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded to find no real threat. Similar calls were made around Florida on Tuesday, including in Miami, Orlando and Tampa. These calls have been made to around 50 schools across the nation over the past month. This includes Ohio, Minnesota and South Carolina. All the calls were made on the same day in each state as they did in Florida. The FBI is taking the lead in the national investigation and has already begun speaking with the Alachua Sheriff’s Office.

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Florida Standards Assessments’ replacement increases testing time

Alachua County Public Schools began taking standardized tests with the new Florida Assessment of Student Thinking less than a month into the school year. Students in voluntary prekindergarten through 10th grade will participate in this assessment three times a year. Florida Assessment of Student Thinking replaces the end-of-the-year Florida Standards Assessments and monitors student progress in the fall, winter and spring. Each cycle tests students’ knowledge of the entire year’s material in English Language Arts and mathematics, according to the Florida Department of Education. But critics of the new assessment say more time spent testing means less instructional time.

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Prosecutors drop charges against teen accused in high school bomb threat

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Prosecutors in Gainesville have dropped a highly publicized felony criminal case against a teenager they accused of sending a bomb threat to his high school last year. They said they could not determine who was at the keyboard of the laptop used to send the threatening message. The case involved 17-year-old Reginald Javon Copeland Jr., who was among several students accused of sending multiple bomb threats over a week’s time to Eastside High last year. The decision to drop the case against the teen came last week in Alachua County Circuit Court, nearly a year after Copeland was initially arrested.

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