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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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VP Joe Biden in Tallahassee

Posted: 02/07/2012 - Vice President Joe Biden was in Florida Monday to discuss plans to lower the cost of college. The average Florida student graduates with 20-thousand dollars in student loan debt and another tuition hike is being discussed in Tallahassee.

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Chipley High School Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 01/27/2012 - Chipley - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a math teacher at Chipley High School. Her students say Millie Kindig is giving them the tools and the confidence they need to pursue careers in the fields of math and science.

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Instate College Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

Updated: 01/26/2012 - Children of illegal immigrants born in Florida are asking lawmakers to lower their college tuition. They’re paying out-of-state tuition, even though they’re US citizens. Legislation to give the students in-state tuition has been filed, but isn’t going anywhere.

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Bay District School Board Discusses Charter School Issues

Posted: 01/25/2012 - Board members are trying to come up with a plan for Newpoint Bay Charter High School which recently received its third straight "D" grade. They also decided to closely examine the Bay Haven Charter Schools' demographics before voting to renew the school's charter and allow an expansion at their the elementary and middle schools.

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Ponce de Leon High School Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 01/19/2012 - Ponce de Leon - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a teacher at Ponce de Leon High School. Janice Andrews is so well-loved, her nomination received more than one thousand hits on our website in just one day!

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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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