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House Ties Money to School Dress Codes, More Dollars for Charters, Fewer Class-Size Penalties

| March 29, 2015

Most of the school-related bills were passed in lopsided votes, though Democrats united to oppose a measure that could funnel local tax dollars to charter-school construction.

Proposal Would Suspend 3rd Grade Test Required For Promotion to 4th Grade This Year

| March 26, 2015

The proposal calls for suspending the language-arts test for 3rd graders until the state’s new Florida Standards Assessments are found to be valid by an independent examination.

School Board Honors Cheryl Tristam With Power of One Award For Youth Orchestra’s 10-Year Triumphs

| March 19, 2015

Cheryl Tristam stressed the importance of making music education accessible to every child regardless of background or ability as she received an award bestowed periodically on community members who have had a broad impact on students.

School Choice Bill That Vastly Increases Parental Control–And Undermines Educators’–Advances

| March 18, 2015

The measure gives parents the right to have their children attend any school in the state that hasn’t reached capacity and remove their child from one class to another under certain circumstances.

School Bus On Its Way to Buddy Taylor Middle Strikes Jogger on Sesame Blvd. in Palm Coast

| March 18, 2015

The school bus’ jutting side mirror is believed to have struck the jogger around 6:26 this morning. The victim was evacuated to Halifax hospital. The students on the bus were taken to school on a different bus.

Favoring Flagler and Other Districts, Lawmakers May Move Up School Start Time to Aug. 10

| March 13, 2015

In the shadow of the state’s recent standardized-testing problems and proposals to curb the amount of time students spend on exams, lawmakers are considering moving up the start date of the school year.

Education Committee Easily Approves Gun-Carrying By Select Florida School Employees

| March 11, 2015

School superintendents could allow designated people to carry weapons on campus. Those people could be current or former law enforcement officers or current or former members of the military.

Florida Blames School Testing Trouble on Cyber Attack as FDLE Investigates

| March 9, 2015

The news came after the rollout for the new Florida Standards Assessment was plagued by slow logins and other technical glitches. The state paid $220 million for the tests over six years.

13-Year-Old Indian Trails Boy Arrested on Knife Charge at School and Tied to Stolen Gun

| March 4, 2015

A 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student, on probation over a drug charge, was arrested Tuesday on a felony weapons possession charge for taking a knife to school after authorities discovered he had allegedly given a stolen .380 Glock 42 to a friend.

YMCA May Return to Flagler As School District Considers Leasing Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| March 3, 2015

Facing a deficit that will exceed $200,000, the school district’s Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club may find its savior in the Volusia Flagler YMCA, which has been in discussions with the school administration over a potential lease arrangement of the health facility.

7 Flagler Schools Share $668,000 in Bonus Dollars for Improving or Keeping High Grades

| March 3, 2015

The money rewards schools that either maintain A or B grades or improve significantly toward such grades. It is one of the reasons Florida’s high-stakes testing has been facing criticism, as student testing is directly tied to monetary consequences.

Correctly Anticipating State Problems, Flagler Delayed School Testing Until Thursday

| March 3, 2015

Rarely in the spotlight, Shawn Schmidli, the Flagler school district’s assessment director, anticipated that state-issued computer tests would have problems, and delayed Flagler’s testing until Thursday.

School District’s Broadest Uniform Policy Survey: Tepid Support and No Effect on Discipline or Grades

| March 2, 2015

The survey of more than 2,000 students, parents and faculty was prompted by a student leader’s push to loosen the policy, which has had no effect on improving discipline or grades.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Performs Strings Around the World Concert at Auditorium Monday

| February 27, 2015

The FYO presents an evening of music featuring compositions from five continents and a dozen cultures in the second of its 10th year anniversary performance featuring the entirety of its musician corps–five ensembles, upwards of 325 students.

FPC’s William Gibbs and Alex Lull Will Represent Flagler at Boys State in June

| February 26, 2015

William Gibbs and Alex Lull, with Devin Ritter as an alternate, were chosen Thursday from a field of five applicants by American Legion Flagler Post 115 representative George Stockley.

Days Before 11th Grade Language Test, Gov. Scott Issues Executive Order Suspending It

| February 24, 2015

Union officials had pushed for suspending the entire school-accountability testing system for a year. The education commissioner wants a few more tests curtailed, but the bulk of the system would remain in place.

Dustin Sims of Flagler Palm Coast High School Named Florida’s Assistant Principal Of the Year

| February 23, 2015

For the first time in recent memory–and possibly in the district’s history–a Flagler County educator has won his category’s top honor in Florida.

FPC’s Dustin Sims Is One of Three Finalist For State Assistant Principal of the Year

| February 23, 2015

The Assistant Principal of the Year receives a cash prize of $2,500 and a weekend resort stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and theme park admission also courtesy of Disney Youth Programs.

Fearful of Scaring Buyers or Undervaluing Property, School Board Haggles to $2.3 Million Price for Corporate Building

| February 19, 2015

The Flagler school board now finds itself in the paradoxical position of attractively advertising the ex-ITT property for sale after it was essentially condemned as a school facility.

Education Commissioner Stewart Joins Calls For Eliminating Some High-Stakes Testing

| February 19, 2015

Stewart recommended that the state get rid of a language-arts test students take in 11th grade, eliminating some final exams and making optional a college readiness test.

District Adopts School Calendar It Did Not Want, Starting Late and Shortening Thanksgiving Break

| February 17, 2015

The Flagler School Board wanted to start school in early August to give students more time to prepare for exams, but state law forbids it, forcing a calendar of its own on local districts.

Senate Panel Easily Clears Bill Granting Secrecy to Top College and University Job Applicants

| February 17, 2015

The Senate Higher Education Committee voted 7-2 to approve the measure (SB 182), which would exempt information about applicants for the jobs of president, provost or dean from the state’s open-records laws.

Guns on Florida Campuses: University System Says No, Citing Values and Protection

| February 14, 2015

Florida’s university system wants state lawmakers to holster the idea of allowing guns on campus, saying it would jeopardize providing a safe and secure learning environment.

Buddy Taylor’s Tyler Irigoyen, 13, Gets Shining Award For Bravery on Day of Fatal Crash

| February 12, 2015

Immediately after Elisa Marie Homen was fatally injured in a crash with a school bus last month,13-year-old Tyler Irigoyen went to work, ushering his 50-some schoolmates to safety and tending to the injured bus driver before first responders arrived.

Back In Tallahasee, Jeb Bush Gets a Taste of Push-Back Against His Education Legacy

| February 11, 2015

Appearing at an education Summit, Jeb Bush, who is preparing a run for the presidency, saw his common core, school voucher and high-stakes testing ideas challenged, as they would likely be on the campaign trail.

Resurrection: In 3-1 Vote, County Approves Lease of Old Courthouse to Baptist School

| February 10, 2015

The vote also represents an unexpected, 11th-hour turn-around for a building most people, including some commissioners (and Bunnell’s city government, which briefly took possession of it before rejecting it), had written off as unusable.

Parents Ask Judge To Disqualify Union From Challenging School Voucher Program

| February 9, 2015

Lawyers for the state and parents whose children use Florida’s de facto school-voucher program argued Monday that groups including the state’s largest teachers union don’t have the right to challenge the program in court.

With Generous County Subsidy, Christian School May Be Next Tenant of Old Courthouse

| February 9, 2015

County government will vote Tuesday on a proposal by First Baptist Christian Academy of Palm Coast to lease the old courthouse in Bunnell for $5,700 a month, and with an interest-free, 30-year tax-funded loan of $360,000.

Florida Lawmaker Proposes Capping All State and Local Testing at 5% of School Time

| February 3, 2015

The bill would authorize districts to use something other than tests to assess students in some courses, revamp laws tying teachers’ evaluations and pay more closely to student performance.

13-Year-Old Girl Walking Home From Indian Trails Was Molested, Incident Report Shows

| January 30, 2015

The subject is described as a white male, 30-40 years of age, large build with brown hair (possibly balding) and brown eyes.

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