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Six Questions For James Tager, Superintendent

| May 25, 2017

James Tager, who begins as Superintendent June 1, answers questions about his temperament, open government, transgender rights, zero tolerance and other issues.

Home Rule: Palm Beach District Challenges Constitutionality of Charter School Law

| May 25, 2017

It’s a first step in asking the Florida Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a law that allows the State Board of Education to overturn local denials of charter-school applications.

Go Ahead, Gov. Scott, Veto This Bad Education Bill in Good Conscience

| May 23, 2017

Gov. Scott has said he wants to sign only bills that are good for Florida families. This one is not. Its process was particularly dishonest — something even committed conservatives should disown when they look at it up close.

Flagler 3rd Graders’ Reading Scores Jump, And Exceed State Average By 11 Points

| May 22, 2017

The Flagler school district average of 69 percent of students at proficiency or better exceeds the state average of 58 by 11 points as every elementary school showed strong improvement.

School Board Veto Call to Scott: “Legislators Didn’t Follow Basic Tenets We Teach Students in 7th Grade Civics”

| May 18, 2017

The Flagler County School Board complete letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to veto an education bill that would “shortchange” Flagler County students. The bill was passed at the last minute with little discussion.

House Bill 7069 Will Change Education in Flagler For Generations, Not For the Better

| May 17, 2017

Flagler County School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker explains his opposition to a massive education bill, focusing on the bill’s preferential treatment of charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.

Gov. Scott Faces Increasing Pressure to Veto Education Bill, Including From Flagler District

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler County School Board joined its voice to a growing chorus of demands from across the state that Gov. Rick Scott veto a massive education bill opponents consider damaging to school districts.

Daytona State Will Not Increase Tuition in 2017-18, But a Few Fees Will Go Up

| May 17, 2017

Tuition will remain flat even though the Florida Legislature slashed the budgets of public colleges across the state by $30 million in the session just ended. The cuts affected remedial education.

Middle and High School Students Can Rejoice: ID Cards May Be Carried Through Cell Phone

| May 17, 2017

The Flagler School Board is set to approve a rule change in June that would allow students no longer to have to wear their ID badges, and to show them through their cell phone if requested, come the 2017-18 school year.

School Board Awards Superintendent Tager $135,000 Contract Plus Performance Bonuses

| May 16, 2017

James Tager’s full compensation package, before incentives kick in, is $154,200, with $5,000-worth of recurring bonuses if he pushes the district to earn an A and improves its graduation rate.

Critics Urge Gov. Scott to Veto Massive Education Bill as Details of Legislation Emerge

| May 9, 2017

The bill was pushed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who sparred with the governor throughout the session over economic-development incentives and tourism marketing.

Lawmakers Approve Budget With Tax Cuts, Severe Cuts to Medicaid, Minor Increase For Education and Big Boost to Charters

| May 8, 2017

The budget package includes a modest increase in per-student spending through the state’s main education formula, $521 million in Medicaid cuts for hospitals and far-reaching changes to education across the board.

It’s James Tager: School Board Picks Volusia District Veteran for Superintendent in Rare Unanimous Vote

| May 2, 2017

The unanimous vote for the Volusia County principal and former deputy superintendent is a rare sign of agreement for a school board that has had difficulties finding common ground in the last months.

James Tager Clear Favorite for Superintendent as Stilted Process Nears Vote Tonight

| May 2, 2017

Flagler County School Board members left little doubt in a 50-minute discussion this morning that Volusia County’s James Tager is by far their first choice. But the process has been starkly constrained.

School Bus Driver Cited For Carelessness in Crash After “Clearly” Violating Right-Of-Way

| April 27, 2017

Wilrick A. Woods, 60, got a $166 citation for careless driving after driving his school bus in the path of an SUV, whose driver suffered severe injuries in a crash Monday.

With Florida as Example, Charlie Crist Files Bill Seeking Seat Belts on School Buses Nationwide

| April 26, 2017

School districts also are concerned about the estimated $7,000 to $10,000 cost of adding seat belts to a new bus, though Florida is already covered: seat belts on school buses is a state law.

Short of Stellar, FPC and Matanzas Earn Bronze and Silver in U.S. News’ High School Rankings

| April 26, 2017

Matanzas came in at 160 in the state and 2,297 in the nation, getting silver, FPC came in at 183 in the state and did not get a national ranking, though its IB program’s achievements were not calculated as in previous years’ rankings.

4 Hurt in Head-On Crash Between SUV and School, Bus at Royal Palms and Rymfire

| April 24, 2017

Four people were hurt including two children in a crash involving a school bus and an SUV at the intersection of Royal Palms Parkway and Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast this morning just before sunup.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: James Tager

| April 20, 2017

James Tager, the closest thing to a home-grown candidate for the Flagler County School Superintendent job, projected confidence, fluent knowledge of local and state issues and quite a bit of familiarity with Flagler schools.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Gerald Wilson

| April 20, 2017

In approach and demeanor, Gerald Wilson echoed Janet Valentine, the superintendent who preceded Jacob Oliva: not much excitability or charisma, but solid knowledge and deference to process.

Flagler Schools Superintendent Interviews: Jeff Umbaugh

| April 20, 2017

Jeff Umbaugh was energetic, congenial, discursive, fast-talking, quick to take verbal tangents or make the occasional humorous aside, but mostly, he spoke in generalities and clichés.

Rocky Superintendent Search Jarred Again as Phyllis Edwards Withdraws Candidacy

| April 18, 2017

With the latest top candidate to drop out, the Flagler County School Board’s search for a new superintendent is turning into a poorly scripted season of Survivor.

2 Teens Face Felonies For Firing BB Gun at Full School Bus and Vehicles on Belle Terre

| April 13, 2017

There were 40 students returning from Bunnell Elementary when the school bus was the target of boys allegedly firing a BB and an air soft gun at the vehicle on Belle Terre Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

In Unprecedented Flagler Beach Town Hall, Old Kings Elementary Students Become All Stars of Ideas

| April 12, 2017

Mayor Linda Provencher’s Kids Town Hall drew a standing-room-only crowd, almost the entire city commission and the city’s top staff for a lively hour of ideas and suggestions from Old Kings Elementary students.

As One More Name Drops Out, Board Settles On 4 Candidates For Superintendent Interviews

| April 11, 2017

James Tager, the principal at Atlantic High School in Volusia County, is the front-runner, getting all five board members’ nod, in an otherwise more fractured field as yet another top candidate dropped out.

Eyes on International Prizes, Flagler’s Problem Solvers Launch Flocking Fund-Raising Season

| April 11, 2017

Two mayors, two county commissioners and a school board member gathered Monday for the launch of Flagler Schools’ Future Problem Solvers’ fund-raising season to help send 51 students to international competition in Wisconsin in June.

Florida Senate Wants 81% Increase in Aid for Poorer College Students, and Boost For 1st-Gen

| April 9, 2017

Florida student assistance grants would grow by $121 million. Senators also want to double the state’s matching grants for “first generation” college and university students to a total of $10.6 million.

Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men Kicks Off 41st Year and Fund-Raiser Challenge

| April 8, 2017

For decades the center’s focus was on helping displaced homemakers with little-to-no work experience, women who because of divorce, widowhood or other circumstances would come to learn new life skills, gain self-confidence and train for employment.

Florida Colleges Decry Legislature’s Budget Cuts of Up to $85 Million

| April 6, 2017

The Senate budget includes a $55 million reduction in remedial education funding and suspends $30 million in performance funding for the colleges. The House cuts similar amounts to other programs.

Matanzas Students Win Pledge for More Street Lights and Sidewalks From Palm Coast Council

| April 4, 2017

Students who formed the Matanzas School Safety Committee in the wake of recent fellow-students killed by cars on dark Palm Coast streets submitted research and suggestions to the city council Tuesday evening.

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