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Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School in Florida

Posted: 07/21/2006 - Some clothes, books and school supplies will be tax free in Florida next week (July 22 - 30), and retailers are hoping the back-to-school time tax break boosts sales.

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School Uniforms Remain a Hot Topic

Posted: 07/12/2006 - The start of the school year is creeping closer, and for the first time in the districts history, students will be required to wear school uniforms.

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School Board Members Speak Out

Posted: 06/30/2006 - Bay District Schools Superintendent James McCalister isn't commenting yet on a school board vote to overturn one of his decisions. Board members voted unanimously to overrule McCalister's recommendation to remove Larry Bolinger from Bay High School.

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Annual Teacher Contract Talks Underway

Posted: 06/28/2006 - The Association of Bay County Educators and the Bay County School Board are negotiating an 11.56 percent increase in salary and benefits for this coming school year.

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Bay High's Magnet Back on Track

Posted: 06/21/2006 - The recent buzz that Bay High's magnet program is on its last leg may be old news. School board members appear encouraged the magnet program is on the right track.

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Are FCAT Graders Qualified?

Posted: 06/16/2006 - State Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation of Florida’s Education Commissioner after reviewing the qualifications of people hired to grade FCATs.

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Is Bay High's Magnet Program in Danger?

Posted: 06/16/2006 - For the time being, the spotlight has moved from outgoing Bay High Principal Larry Bolinger to the school's magnet program.

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Okaloosa Schools Earn Best School Grades Ever

Posted: 06/15/2006 - With 33 schools earning A’s and three receiving B’s, Okaloosa Schools have turned in their best performance in the eight-year history of Florida’s education accountability system.

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School Grades Are In

Posted: 06/14/2006 - The grades for Bay County schools are in, and the news is good!

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Florida Is Facing a Critical Teacher Shortage

Posted: 06/09/2006 - The state has been offering all kinds of incentives to attract more people to the profession. Okaloosa Walton College wants to offer a four-year degree in education to help offset the shortage.

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High School Students in Florida Must Pick a Major

Posted: 06/05/2006 - High school students will have to choose majors, and middle school students will have career planning as well as more math science and English under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush Monday.

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Controversy Heats Up at Bay High

Posted: 05/31/2006 - Supporters on both sides of the Bay High controversy used the school board meeting as a chance to talk face to face with Superintendent James McCalister, but the efforts of those supporting Principal Larry Bolinger and his team seem to have done little good.

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McCalister Says Bolinger Is Out at Bay High

Posted: 05/28/2006 - It appears Bay County School Superintendent James McCalister will not be changing his mind about removing Larry Bolinger as principal of Bay High School.

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Larry Bolinger's Position Up in the Air

Posted: 05/25/2006 - It seems there may be some changes in the principal’s position at Bay High School just one year after Larry Bollinger was brought in to turn the school around.

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Parker Teacher Retires After 36 Years

Posted: 05/18/2006 - Imagine working 36 years in the same job, in the same place. That's been the life's work of Wanda McMullon, who retired from her teaching job at Parker Elementary School Thursday.

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State Attorney Addresses School Board

Posted: 05/10/2006 - There have been nine local drive-by shootings since the first of the year, and local investigators say some of the incidents are gang-related.

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Eight Local Schools in the Dark

Posted: 05/09/2006 - It may have been a burden for school authorities, but for the students it was like a day of recess.

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Bay District Third Graders Score High on FCAT

Posted: 05/01/2006 - FCAT scores are out for third grade students and students who retook the test. School authorities are happy to report third graders have made significant improvements in every area.

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