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"Golden Apple" award winner #1 chose passion over paycheck

Updated: 09/17/2010 - Teaching can be a challenging and thankless job. That's why we're launching a new weekly series to show area teachers how much we appreciate and admire them. Meredith TerHaar had the honor of presenting the first "Golden Apple" award to a deserving teacher at Lucille Moore Elementary School in Panama City Thursday morning.

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School Board Members DIscuss Tentative Budget

Updated: 08/18/2010 - Bay County School Board members are in preliminary stages of adopting their 2010-2011 budget. Tuesday’s budget workshop gave them the opportunity to discuss a tentative spending plan and they're once again concerned about unfunded mandates from the state.

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96-Acre Property Dispute in Washington County

Updated: 08/10/2010 - The Washington County School District is feuding with the Northwest Florida Water Management District over a 96 acre piece of property in southern Washington County.

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Construction For New Blountstown High School

Posted: 04/13/2010 - Construction on the new Blountstown High School is a bit behind schedule, but still on-track to open for Fall 2011 school year. County leaders broke ground on the project six months ago. School officials are pleased with the progress so far.

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SB Six Support Slightly Sliding

Updated: 04/06/2010 - Distaste is growing for the most controversial bill being debated this legislative session in Tallahassee. Some Republican lawmakers are now beginning to turn their backs on Senate Bill Six (SB6), which challenges teacher tenure and restricts union participation.

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Teachers Rally Against Senate Bill 6

Posted: 04/04/2010 - Senate Bill 6, which would strip all Florida teachers of tenure and pay them based on their students' performance, could be the most contentious piece of legislation to come out of this session. A large number of local teachers were out at the busiest intersection in town this afternoon, letting people know they're not happy about the bill.

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Florida Teacher Tenure/SB6 Draws Massive Outcry

Updated: 03/29/2010 - Although Florida is not one of two states awarded “Race to the Top” money by the Federal government, the sponsor of controversial legislation in Tallahassee to end teacher tenure and create merit pay says the state can apply for a second round in June.

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Is Bay Haven Charter Academy Discriminating?

Posted: 03/19/2010 - About 250 concerned parents and teachers crammed into the Bay Haven Charter Academy cafeteria for a meeting Thursday evening between Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt and Bay Haven's Board of Directors.

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Local FCAT Testing

Posted: 03/11/2010 - Kids across the state are sharpening their #2 pencils for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Obama Focuses on School Dropouts

Posted: 03/01/2010 - President Barack Obama is offering $900 million in grants to states and school districts to turn around low-performing schools and cut the dropout rate.

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Teacher of the Year

Updated: 02/27/2010 - This year's Bay District Teacher of the Year says it's still sinking in that she won during Thursday night's annual awards dinner.

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Husfelt plans to cut Bay County millage rate

Updated: 02/27/2010 - On Wednesday we told you about the Bay County School Board's priority list for buidling rennovations, should voters approve the proposed half cent sales tax later this year. Board members, and school superintendent Bill Husfelt have suggested they might cut property taxes if the sales tax passes.

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AP: Obama Plans to Overhaul No Child Left Behind

Posted: 02/02/2010 - It's a school accountability system that has given a failing grade to more than a third of schools -- including some that made big gains but just missed their targets

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Teachers Union Raps Florida Stimulus Application

Updated: 12/17/2009 - Florida's statewide teachers union is discouraging local affiliates from endorsing the state's application for up to $700 million in federal stimulus grant money.

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