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Mosley Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 03/29/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple winner is a math teacher at Mosley High School. Students say Mrs. Biddle makes even the most challenging class worth looking forward to. Helping her students learn to love math is Mrs. Biddle's mission.

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Mosley Senior Named 2012 Air Force Child of the Year

Posted: 03/30/2012 - Panama City - A Mosley High School student is being honored nationally as the 2012 Air Force Child of the Year. Chelsea Rutherford, 17, is a senior who is known for her kind spirit and quick smile. We caught up with Chelsea while she was being honored during Mosley's school announcements this week.

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Empty Bowl Fundraiser to Benefit Chataqua Adult Program and Hiland Park United Methodist Shelter

Posted: 03/26/2012 - Panama City - Eighteen different Bay County schools and organizations are participating in this year's Empty Bowl fundraiser on Tuesday, April 3rd to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Ceramic bowls crafted by hundreds of students will be sold to raise money for two different Bay County organizations. One, a homeless shelter for women and children. The other, the Chataqua Learn and Serve Charter School Adult Program, which receives no funding beyond grants and donations.

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Deane Bozeman 8th Grade Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 03/23/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 8th grade math at Deane Bozeman School. Always smiling and full of energy, students and colleagues say Mrs. Sims is a rock for her 8th graders.

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Parent Trigger Dead

Posted: 03/09/2012 - A legislative plan to give parents the authority to turn their child’s failing school in to a charter school was narrowly defeated Friday afternoon.

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Students Hold Mock Trial

Posted: 03/07/2012 - Area students had the opportunity to learn more about how the government works with hands-on activities. Today, students had a chance to participate in a mock trial where they played the roles of the jury and the witnesses.

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Parent Empowerment Legislation set for Debate

Updated: 03/06/2012 - One of the most controversial education bills being debated in Tallahassee this year is the Parent Empowerment, or Trigger bill. The legislation would allow parents of students in D or F schools, and perhaps even C schools to petition the school board to turn the school into a charter school.

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FSU, UF Tuition Unlimited

Posted: 03/03/2012 - Important news tonight for parents of high school seniors. If your kid plans to attend UF or FSU next year, it might cost way more than expected.

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Bay District School Officials Alert Parents to Changes with F-CAT Grading System

Updated: 02/28/2012 - Panama City - Bay District School officials are trying to make parents aware of major changes to the F-CAT grading system which could affect their child's score and their school's grade. In December the State Board of Education raised F-CAT scores for reaching passing level, making the cut more difficult to achieve. Now the board is set to vote Tuesday on changes to the way schools are graded, which could result in a full letter drop for many schools.

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Bozeman Teacher Charged with Having Sex with Students

Updated: 02/24/2012 - Another Deane Bozeman teacher is facing criminal charges. Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him Thursday night for allegedly having sex with some of his male students.

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Southport Elementary ESE Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 02/24/2012 - Southport - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches Exceptional Student Education at Southport Elementary. Joan Gilder works with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders all in one classroom. Parents and colleagues say she has an uncanny ability to understand what each of her students need, emotionally and academically.

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Charter Schools Rally for Construction Funds

Updated: 02/22/2012 - Charter school administrators are asking lawmakers from more money. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools don’t receive taxpayer funds to build new buildings and repair old ones.

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Florida Legislative Committee Approves Unlimited Tuition Hikes

Updated: 02/21/2012 - Two Florida universities could soon have the authority to raise tuition as much as they want. A bill removing the tuition rate cap for schools that meet certain criteria passed the House Education Committee Tuesday. So far only FSU and UF qualify.

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Surfside Middle School Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 02/16/2012 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a math teacher at Surfside Middle School. Tinsley McGruder says she went into teaching because she wanted to be a positive influence on her students. According to them: mission accomplished.

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Universities Threatened with $400 Million in Cuts

Updated: 02/14/2012 - Florida State University, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida are being asked to return $400 million in reserve funds to help balance the state's budget.

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Bay Haven Charter School Language Arts Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 02/14/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a teacher at Bay Haven Charter Academy in Lynn Haven. Judy McCants teaches language arts to 6th and 7th graders. She cares so much about their success that if a student is struggling in another subject she gladly steps in.

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Bay Haven Addresses Concerns over Its Racial Demographics

Posted: 02/07/2012 - Growing concerns over Bay Haven Charter School’s racial demographics has caused some Bay District School officials to take a second look at the issue, but Bay Haven administrators say they are on par with other area schools.

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