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Judge Rules Parents Can Join Lawsuit Over Florida’s School-Voucher Program

| December 7, 2014

Parents and their lawyers said they should be allowed the full-party status because their children would lose access to what is known as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program if the court finds it unconstitutional.

Student Ronny Ahmed, Paralyzed From Waist Down in FSU Shooting, Is Determined to Graduate

| November 25, 2014

The student who was critically injured in Thursday’s shooting at Florida State University is paralyzed from the waist down, but still determined to realize his dream of becoming a biomedical engineer, his sister told reporters.

FSU Shooter Myron May, an Attorney, Said to Have Been in a “State of Crisis”

| November 21, 2014

Myron May was an FSU student senator in 2002 and had been practicing law since 2009 before he shot and injured students at FSU’s Strozier Library.

Flagler Education Foundation Awards 17 Mini Grants totaling $16,000 to District Teachers

| November 20, 2014

The 17 teachers were selected from 30 applicants based on criteria that included innovation, impact, replication, the number of students involved and project documentation.

Tornado Watch Cancelled for Flagler-Palm Coast, Schools Cancel Outdoor Activities, Games and Practices

| November 17, 2014

A broad band of severe weather is bearing down on Flagler County and Palm Coast, where a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 3 p.m., and a tornado watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

First Day on the Job for Thrasher at FSU: Facing Confrontational Students

| November 10, 2014

John Thrasher spent the first hour in his new position engaging with a group of about 25 confrontational students that had vocally opposed his recent appointment and now refuse to recognize him as the school’s new president.

Flagler School Board Makes Small Inroad for Some Employees’ Same-Sex Rights, But Other Agencies Dodge the Issue

| November 10, 2014

The Flagler County School Board’s bereavement leave for same-sex couples formally acknowledges such unions, but only for support personnel, while teachers and employees of other government agencies still have no such rights.

UF and FSU Get New Presidents, Flagler Loses Sen. Thrasher, Special Election Next

| November 7, 2014

The Board of Governors unanimously ratified Thrasher’s and Kent Fuchs’s appointments. Thrasher’s resignation is expected to set off a feeding frenzy in a special election for what may turn into a Senate seat and two House seats.

Old Kings’ “Leader In Me” Program: Corporate Indoctrination Posing as Character Education

| November 3, 2014

Old Kings Elementary implemented FranklinCovey’s “Leader in Me” program with little oversight or proof of its effectiveness, through a $68,000 grant. Carmen Sanford, an Old Kings parent, sees too many similarities with Iron Curtain-era indoctrination.

As Florida Bans Use of Biometric IDs in Schools, Other States Scale Back on Big Brother

| November 2, 2014

Laws cracking down on student-tracking technology reflect a growing sense of unease among parents over how biometrics are being used, what student data is being collected and stored and what security protects the information.

Daytona State College’s Harold Trey Orndorff, Poli-Sci Ace, Named Among Best Profs

| November 1, 2014

Trey Orndorff, 31, earned runner-up status as Professor of the Year during the Association of Florida Colleges’ (AFC) 65th Annual Convention held this week in Destin, Fla. The organization represents Florida’s 28 state and community colleges.

12 Years in a Row: FPC Marching Band Bulldogs and Starlets Straight Superior Again

| November 1, 2014

John Seth’s marching band at Flagler Palm Coast High School earned the highest rating possible in all categories by earning Straight Superior ratings for the 12th year in a row. Video included.

Sanford, Ferguson, Tallahassee: When Cops Act Like Vigilantes

| October 28, 2014

When police from Sanford to Tallahassee protect themselves or FSU football players and sit on information that should be disclosed and vigorously pursued, they invite mistrust and charges of a cover-up.

Please Don’t Take a Seat: Flagler Schools Start Adapting to Stand-Up Desks in Fitness Push

| October 27, 2014

A new trend is emerging at Flagler schools. It’s now all about “active learning,” a teaching style aimed at promoting better health and academic performance. At Belle Terre Elementary, that means adjustable standing desks.

The Other University Presidency: UF Selects Kent Fuchs, Cornell Provost and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

| October 15, 2014

Kent Fuchs’s resume includes six years at Purdue University, where he was head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and little more than a decade at the University of Illinois, where he was a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Indian Trails 7th Grader Shelby Anton, Winner of Statewide Essay Contest, Is Palm Coast Mayor for a Day

| October 12, 2014

Indian Trails 7th grader Shelby Anton took first place in Florida, out of some 1,500 entrants, in a Florida League of Cities contest that had her spend a day as a mayor, including chairing a city council meeting on Oct. 7.

Flagler County Education Foundation’s 4th Josh Crews Writing Project Fundraiser Oct. 25

| October 11, 2014

This year’s theme for the event is “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The event will be held at Nature Scapes in Bunnell. Tickets for the event are $100 per person and include food, drinks and entertainment.

Why Malala Yousafzai Should Have
Won The Nobel Peace Prize

| October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai is the 17-year-old Pakistani girl and activist for girls’ education who in 2012 was shot in the head by a shaking, demented terrorist whose allegiance to the Taliban tells us all we need to know about the lethality of religious fundamentalism. Any kind of fundamentalism, really.

Flagler Students’ SAT Scores Fall to 10-Year Low; ACT Scores Modestly More Encouraging

| October 9, 2014

The drop was especially pronounced at Flagler Palm Coast High School, where this year’s 259 seniors who took the test scored seven points lower than last year in both reading and writing, and 14 points lower in math. Over five years, FPC’s math score has tumbled 39 points, its reading score 27 points, its writing score 21 points.

Consultants’ Cost in FSU Presidential Search That Led to Thrasher Anyway: $160,000

| September 26, 2014

The controversial and at-times muddled search for a new president of Florida State University includes an expected tab of about $160,000 for consultants.

Judge Throws Out Union’s Challenge of School Voucher Expansion, But Only on Technicality

| September 24, 2014

The judge gave opponents of the law 15 days to try to amend their complaint and come up with another way to challenge the legislation after ruling that the plaintiff in the challenge, teacher Tom Faasse, doesn’t have the legal right to file suit.

New York Times’ Jennifer Preston, Social Media Specialist, To Speak at Flagler College Oct. 7

| September 24, 2014

Jennifer Preston served as The Times’ social media editor from 2009 to 2011. She is now a reporter for the Times, covering the intersection of social media, politics, government, business and real life.

John Thrasher, Minus Academic Credentials, Moves to Final Step in FSU Presidential Search

| September 22, 2014

The action came despite opposition to Thrasher from faculty and students expressing concern about the school’s reputation and the need for the next leader to have stellar academic credentials.

In a First for Flagler Schools, Student-Staffed VyStar Bank Branch Opens at Matanzas, Heralding Era of Business Partnerships

| September 22, 2014

The opening of a nearly full-service VyStar Credit Union branch at Matanzas is part of a class, and part of the school’s–and the district’s–flagship programs, intended to bridge school and careers with hands-on opportunities.

Florida Virtual School v. K12 Inc.: Supreme Court Clears Way For Legal Fight

| September 18, 2014

Justices unanimously rejected arguments that Florida Virtual School could not sue the private K12 Inc. over copyright infringement. K12 provides online-education services in Florida and has used the names Florida Virtual Academy and Florida Virtual Program.

Judge Raul Zambrano Sentences Kentrell Johnson to Death For FSU Student Vincent Binder’s Murder

| September 16, 2014

Vincent Binder’s mutilated body was found in a St. Augustine field in April 2010, weeks after he was murdered by three convicts escaped from a Louisiana prison. Two were sentenced to death, one to life in prison.

Thrasher Almost Walks Out As He Is Heckled and Grilled By FSU Students and Staff

| September 16, 2014

During on-campus forums that are part of the presidential selection process, students and faculty often expressed a lack of trust in Thrasher, long considered the front runner for the FSU presidency.

Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Enrollment Approaches 400 as 10th Anniversary Season Begins

| September 15, 2014

The Flagler Youth Orchestra drew a record number of students as it began its 10th season today with bi-weekly classes at Indian Trails Middle School, a testament to the school district’s sustained support of its broadest, most successful afterschool arts program.

Flagler Celebrating 2nd Annual Arts in Education Week From Stage to Frames to Slams

| September 15, 2014

More than a dozen arts and culture events put the focus this week on arts in education in Flagler and Palm Coast, including theater, art shows, a poetry slam and a costume gala.

Daytona State College Adds $500 Scholarship Drawing to Fall Open Houses and Kicks Off Accelerated Semesters

| September 11, 2014

A Fall Open House will be held at each of Daytona State College’s five campuses, including Palm Coast, and two instructional sites. And the college’s “mini-mester” makes for accelerated program completion

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