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Historically Low School Tax Will Diminish Effects of Tax Increases in Palm Coast and County

| September 25, 2017

Even though county government, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are all increasing taxes, homeowners’ bills will not see a steep increase thanks to a lower school tax.

How Florida’s Failing Charter Schools Exploit Voucher Program To Stay Alive on Public Dime

| September 24, 2017

Charter schools that fail two years in a row should close by law. Instead, they reopen as private schools and use publicly funded vouchers to keep operating, with the state’s blessing.

Students Can Rejoice: Only 1 Hurricane Make-Up Day, No Disruption of Thanksgiving Week Off

| September 22, 2017

The district will make up one day on Oct. 16, with three days already accounted for in the existing schedule and two days waived by the state.

Flagler Schools Closed Through Monday; Flooding Complicating Homecoming Across Florida

| September 13, 2017

As evacuees continued to struggle either to make it home or to contend with power cuts, Flagler Schools decided to remain closed until Monday for more clean-up.

As Emergency Yields to Recovery in Flagler, More Inconveniences Than Damages Or Troubles

| September 12, 2017

More than 60 percent of Flagler residents were still without power Tuesday evening but recovery efforts were powering up and destruction from the storm was limited.

Hurricane Irma Closures and Re-Openings in Palm Coast and Across Flagler

| September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma-related notices of closures, business reopenings and other related notices from government, hospitals, schools and colleges and businesses.

Sheltering From Irma in Flagler: 4 Shelters, 3,000 Spots, Food, WiFi, Power And ♥ Left Behind From Students

| September 8, 2017

Here’s what to expect at Flagler County’s four emergency shelters opening at 7 a.m. Saturday, who’s paying for all that food, and what you can stream on WiFi.

After Resisting Most of the Day, Flagler District Agrees to Close Schools Friday and Monday

| September 6, 2017

The school district had wanted to keep schools open Friday, but by 4:45 p.m. today caved to health and county emergency officials’ pressure, who wanted to get a special needs shelter ready at Rymfire Elementary.

Armed Burglary at B-Section Home Forces Indian Trails and Belle Terre Schools on Lockdown

| September 5, 2017

The attempted armed robbery at 15-B Bunker Knolls Lane, a duplex, forced Belle Terre Elementary and Indian Trails Middle School on lockdown.

Buddy Taylor Middle School Teacher Travis Holloway Again Arrested Over Domestic Violence Charge

| August 18, 2017

It is Holloway’s third arrest in the past eight years, the second involving domestic violence, a period through which he’s been employed by the Flagler school district.

Palm Coast Man Arrested For Confronting Teacher (and Ex) in Belle Terre Elementary Parking Lot

| August 17, 2017

Joshua Laks, a 34-year-old resident of Karlstad Place in Palm Coast, arrested for throwing eggs and a souvenir cup at a teacher, has a history of arrests in Volusia.

School Board Declines $1.8 Million Offer From Island Walk Developer For Old ITT Property

| August 16, 2017

The developer wants to redevelop the area with shops and restaurants, but the school board thinks the price is too low, it hasn’t appraised the property and it won’t sell it if it doesn’t have pressing needs for revenue.

Flagler School District Enters Brave New World of Student Computer Controls and Surveillance

| August 15, 2017

Responding to parents’ concerns, the Flagler school district is rolling out a pair of systems that will vastly increase potential controls and limits on students’ computer usage at school and at home.

Between Umbras and Penumbras, Flagler Schools and Others Ready For Great Eclipse

| August 14, 2017

The greatest solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1918 on Aug. 21 has the Flagler school district and others talking safety, best viewing practices and Palm Coast time checks.

Florida’s State Colleges Will See Their First Enrollment Increase in Seven Years

| August 6, 2017

A new state forecast projects a 1 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 28 colleges during the 2017-18 academic year, representing the equivalent of 324,109 full-time students.

Daytona State College Fall Enrollment Set for Aug. 19

| August 6, 2017

New and returning students can sign up for classes, financial aid and other needs or benefits in one visit to Daytona State College on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wetherell Center at the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Water Management District Offers $2,000 Grants to Teachers Promoting Water Protection

| August 3, 2017

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications for its Blue School Grant Program of grants of up to $2,000 per teacher per school.

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend: Here’s A Guide

| August 2, 2017

Florida’s 2017 sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, shoes and personal computers and other select accessories is this weekend–starting at a minute after midnight Friday, Aug. 4, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

Timothy Daniel, 17-Year-Old Student, Takes His Life With a Gun

| July 25, 2017

For the Matanzas High School community, it is the fifth violent death involving a current or recently former student since January 2016: two students were killed in traffic-related crashes, three took their own lives.

Flagler’s Elementary Schools Will Accommodate New Requirement
of 20 Minutes of Recess Per Day

| July 20, 2017

A new law requires districts to provide 100 minutes a week of free-play recess, outside of phys-ed classes, in elementary schools. Flagler was already providing close to that.

Appeals Court Skeptical Of Sitting In Judgment Over Florida’s Education Standards

| July 19, 2017

The issue is whether courts can evaluate the state’s obligation under a 1998 constitutional amendment that declares it a “paramount duty of the state” to education all children.

A School Board Will Sue the State Over Charter-Tilted Education Bill Most Districts Opposed

| July 6, 2017

The new law overhauls swaths of state education, dealing with everything from mandatory recess for elementary school students and standardized testing to charter school funding and teacher bonuses.

School District Advised to Cut Down on Car Riders and Push Bus Riding Instead, For Safety

| July 5, 2017

Detailed studies for each of the Flagler district’s elementary and middle schools reveal problematic safety issues with too many car riders, too few sidewalks, and disobeyed traffic laws.

At Residents’ Meeting Over F-Section Footpath, A Lot of Venting, and Hope for More Sustained Organizing

| June 29, 2017

A group of residents are seeking another way to oppose a planned path in the F Section, but have few options to chance a city council that has twice approved the path.

Flagler Is a B-Rated School District For 5th Year In a Row, But State Ranking Keeps Rising

| June 28, 2017

Indian Trails Middle and Old Kings Elementary returned to A form, FPC climbed to a B, but Wadsworth Elementary fell to a C. Other schools maintained their grades–either B or C.

Flagler School Board Apprehensive of Changes in Law Affecting Charters, Recess and Religion

| June 20, 2017

One law is altering the relationship between the district and its charter schools and imposing new requirements on eligibility for Bright Futures, and other laws will have broad impacts.

FPC’s Anna Crawford Is Wasdworth’s New Principal, Volusia’s Reeves Takes Matanzas

| June 20, 2017

Anna Crawford had been assistant principal at Flagler Palm Coast High School and Belle Terre Elementary, Jeff Reaves is a Volusia County import.

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government

| June 17, 2017

Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations.

How the Education Bill Scott Signed Thursday Will Hurt Flagler Schools, Favoring Charters

| June 15, 2017

The Flagler school district is now 64th out of 67 in per-pupil funding, and the bill Gov. Scott signed today will force the district to turn over more money to charter schools.

Gov. Scott Vetoes Higher Education Bill, Citing Cuts to State Colleges and Caps on Enrollment

| June 15, 2017

Scott objected to an enrollment cap on baccalaureate degrees for the 28 state colleges and cutting college’s budget by $25 million, while substantially increasing spending on state universities.

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