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Flagler Schools Will Reluctantly Adopt Religious Freedom Policy Imposed By State

| November 15, 2018

The Flagler County school district is following state law in adopting a new but vague policy protecting religious expression, though some school board members say it’s an unnecessary imposition.

Paul Peacock of Indian Trails and Cara Cronk of Buddy Taylor Are District’s Administrators of the Year

| November 1, 2018

Indian Trails Middle School’s Paul Peacock is this year’s Principal of the Year in the Flagler district, and Buddy Taylor Middle School’s Cara Cronk is the assistant principal of the year.

Flagler Representative On Federal Juvenile Justice Panel Describes Efforts Decimated By Trump

| October 31, 2018

Cheryl Massaro, director of the Flagler County Youth Center, describes how the Trump administration disbanded and stopped the work of the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice she was appointed to two years ago.

Bitter Clash Over Charter Schools Behind Supreme Court Decision To Kill ‘Defective’ Ballot Measure

| October 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment could have opened a new avenue for the establishment of charter schools outside the control of county school boards.

Flagler Education Foundation Revenue Jumps 70%, Local Donations Up 143% Over 2016

| October 4, 2018

Joe Rizzo, the Flagler Education Foundation’s executive director, has been on the job since February 2017, significantly improving the school district’s non-profit arm’s fund-raising and visibility.

Gillum Wants $50,000 Minimum Teacher Salary. DeSantis Proposes 80% Formula.

| September 19, 2018

In competing proposals, Democrat Andrew Gillum would provide teachers with a minimum $50,000 starting salary by raising the corporate tax, Ron DeSantis would require 80 percent of school funding to be spent in classrooms.

Florida Charter Schools Have ‘Largely Failed to Deliver’ Promised Innovation, Report Finds

| September 17, 2018

A new report from a Tallahassee-based research group raises questions about the growing role of charter schools in Florida, including citing the closure of 373 charter schools since 1998.

State Education Board Wants a $200 Per-Student Increase and $100 Million More For Cops

| September 16, 2018

The budget proposal, which was approved by the Board of Education at a meeting in Naples, drew support from education advocates.

Nicholas Urban, 18, Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot; Matanzas High Community’s 6th Suicide in 5 Years

| September 13, 2018

Nicholas D’Artagnan Urban, 18, was found at his home in Palm Coast’s Hammock Wednesday. He had graduated Matanzas High last December. His death is the 8th violent death involving the Matanzas High community since 2013.

Justices Weigh Loading Charter Schools, Term Limits and Civics on One Amendment

| September 6, 2018

Justices are only supposed to determine whether the ballot title and summary would provide an accurate description of the proposed constitutional amendment to voters.

Flagler Youth Orchestra, Accompanist to Generation of Students, Marks 14th Year With Open House Wednesday

| September 4, 2018

Many thousands of students have enrolled in the free Flagler Youth Orchestra’s strings program through the years, with some 400 enrolling each fall. Its open house is next week.

Where School Board Candidates Stand on Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

| August 25, 2018

Complete video interviews of Flagler County School Board board candidates by the Flagler Exceptional Student Education Support Group.

Paul Anderson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Paul Anderson is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Trevor Tucker, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Trevor Tucker is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Carl Jones, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Carl Jones is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

John Fischer, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

John Fischer is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Janet McDonald, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 25, 2018

Janet McDonald is one of five candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 28 primary election: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Palm Coast Manager’s Power-Play Mucks Up Donation of Truck to FPC’s Fire Academy, Ignoring County’s Role

| August 24, 2018

What should have been a feel-good donation of a fire engine to FPC’s popular Fire Academy turned into a turf war after Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon ignored the county fire department’s role in the academy.

Judge Orders Proposed Amendment on Charter Schools Off the Ballot, But Appeal Likely

| August 21, 2018

The provision in question would have allowed the state to operate and control public schools “not established by the school board,” wording that could have yielded oversight to private companies.

At Buddy Taylor Middle, Dress-Code Violation Escalates to Arrest Over Threats of Suicide and School Shooting

| August 17, 2018

The arrest of a 15-year-old student at Buddy Taylor Middle School Thursday is the year’s first instance of a student allegedly threatening an attack on fellow students, faculty–and herself.

22 of Florida’s 67 School Districts Are Using Armed Personnel as “Guardians” to Comply With Law

| August 15, 2018

The guardian program approved by lawmakers has been controversial, with most districts, including Flagler County, rejecting the idea of training school personnel to be armed.

Schools Are Safer Than Your Home

| August 13, 2018

We’re making fortresses of the safest places in America, out of fear that one of those 120,000 schools might at some point be the target of a shooting.

A Day Before School Starts, FPC Principal Dusty Sims Announces He’s Leaving District For
State Education Job

| August 9, 2018

Dusty Sims, the popular and charismatic principal at Flagler Palm Coast High School since 2015, is leaving the school for a state Department of Education job, overseeing failing schools.

At Parkland Massacre Commission, Lessons of Columbine Compete With Tragic Repetitions

| August 8, 2018

Security enhancements include more active-shooter drills, upgraded cameras with a central monitoring system and single-point entries for visitors.

New Back To School Normal For Flagler School Employees: How To Deal With a Mass Killer

| August 7, 2018

The Flagler Auditorium today filled with 1,000 faculty members for “active shooter” or “incident survival” training through a vivid, disquieting presentation by Sheriff’s officials.

Bright Futures ‘Medallion’ Scholarships For 46,000 Floridians Increase to Cover 75% of Tuition and Fees

| August 5, 2018

The expansion is part of a record $519 million Bright Futures program legislators approved this year, with the the medallion portion of the scholarships increased to about $190 million.

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend: Here’s A Guide (No Electronics)

| August 2, 2018

Florida’s sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other select accessories is this weekend–starting at a minute after midnight Friday, Aug. 3, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 5.

For FPC Student-Athlete Allen Roberson, 16, A Summer Battling a Rare Brain Tumor And Aiming For Next Run

| July 27, 2018

Allen Roberson, an honors student and a runner at FPC, went through complicated surgeries on July 3 and 12 and has been mending through radiation and chemotherapy since.

Flagler School Enrollment Remains Flat, Florida Will See Slowdown in 2019-20

| July 25, 2018

Enrollment in Flagler County has been flat for a decade, hovering at or just below 13,000 students since 2007. That’s not about to change.

FSU Will Move Statue of Slaveholder and Seek to Scrub Segregationist’s Name From Law School Building

| July 17, 2018

The statue of Francis Eppes, a grandson of Thomas Jefferson and a former mayor of Tallahassee, has been up only since 2002. FSU President John Thrasher will seek to have the name of segregationist B.K. Roberts removed from the law school building.

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