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UF, FSU presidents suggest higher STEM tuition

Posted: 01/13/2012 - Presidents of Florida's two leading research universities suggested Friday that lawmakers let them pay for expanding expensive science, technology, engineering and math programs by charging those so-called STEM students higher tuition.

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Cherry Street Third Grade Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 01/13/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a third grade teacher at Cherry Street Elementary in the Cove. Music and motion. Two tools Amanda Roberts uses to teach all kinds of subjects in her third grade classroom. On this day it's a lesson in prefixes and suffixes. "My kids know we dance, we move, we are collaborative and we work together to increase our learning," said teacher Amanda Roberts.

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Surfside Middle Awarded $24,000 Grant for Pre-Engineering Program

Updated: 01/11/2012 - Panama City - On Wednesday the Society of American Military Engineers will donate a large check to three Bay County educational institutions. Seventy-four thousand dollars will be given to Haney Technical Center, Gulf Coast State College and Surfside Middle School. Surfside will receive a $24,000 grant for it's Gateway to Technology pre-engineering program which began in 2007. Program administrators say without these grant funds, their materials would be 5 years behind.

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Northside Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 01/05/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a kindergarten teacher at Northside Elementary in Panama City. Kelly Lewis has been teaching kindergarten for 8 years. Her students are affectionately known as "Lewis' Lightning Bugs" because thier faces light up when learning something new.

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Charter School Could Face Probation

Updated: 01/04/2012 - Panama City - One local charter school faces probation after receiving poor marks from the Florida Department of Education for the third year in a row.

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Mowat Middle School Science Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 12/23/2011 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple winner is an 8th grade science teacher at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven. Studies show when it comes to math and science, kids in the US are trailing other nations. Shawn Ramsey wants to change that.

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Middle School PE in Legislative Bull’s-eye

Updated: 12/20/2011 - Middle School students in Florida must take a required three hours of physical education each week. The requirement was put into law to combat obesity, but tight budgets have some lawmakers looking at ending required PE.

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Hiland Park Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 12/15/2011 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple winner is a kindergarten teacher at Hiland Park Elementary School. Diane Reinstatler says herself, she has a lot of energy. After nearly 20 years in a kindergarten classroom, she has no plans for slowing down.

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Ed Commissioner: Raise Passing FCAT Reading Score

Posted: 12/08/2011 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is recommending the state raise the score needed to pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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Smoke Cause Arnold High Evacuation

Updated: 12/06/2011 - Students and teachers at Arnold High School got an unexpected start to their morning when smoke was detected in the attic.

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Bay High School Power Outage

Posted: 12/06/2011 - Bay High School is without power and will not be restored for several hours. School will resume Wednesday December 7, 2011.

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Vernon High School Ag Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 12/01/2011 - Vernon - This week's Golden Apple award winner runs the Ag department at Vernon High School. Donna Keith began her teaching career in the English department. But when Vernon High needed a new Ag teacher, she jumped at the chance. Her students say they are glad she did.

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Students Protest Tuition Hikes at Florida Universities

Posted: 11/30/2011 - Despite rising tuition rates, officials say a college education in Florida is still a bargain compared to other states. But Florida college students don't necessarily see it that way.

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Mary Vickie Taws, Golden Apple Award Teacher

Updated: 11/24/2011 - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a fifth grade teacher at Lucille Moore Elementary School. Mary Vickie Taws says she wants to instill in her students the desire to be lifelong learners.

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Bright Future Scholarship Changes

Posted: 11/22/2011 - State legislators are trying to encourage college students to finish their undergraduate degrees faster before the end of the year.

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Rutherford High School Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 11/10/2011 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple Award winner is teacher at Rutherford High School in Springfield. Michael Creamer teaches AP English and Humanities at Rutherford high. He also teaches the Theory of Knowledge, a class not typically offered. Then again, his students say nothing about him is typical.

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