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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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Merit Paid Update

Updated: 11/03/2011 - This is the first school year Florida teachers will be evaluated based on their students’ test scores. By 2013, teachers can be fired for back to back years of poor scores and in 2014, pay can be cut if students don’t test well.

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Springfield Elementary Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 10/27/2011 - Springfield - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a third grade teacher at Springfield Elementary school. Not one, not two, but four students nominated Crystal Adams for the Golden Apple.

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BESPA Contract

Posted: 10/26/2011 - The Bay County School Board moved forward with the B-E-S-P-A contract at Tuesday afternoon's meeting. After mediation, both parties were able to reach an agreement.

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