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Mowat Middle School 8th graders visit Ground Zero just days after Bin Laden's death

Updated: 05/06/2011 - Panama City - When Mowat Middle School teachers planned the 8th grade field trip to New York instead of Washington D.C. this year, they obviously didn't know Osama Bin Laden would be killed. The timing of the Navy Seal mission made the group's visit to Ground Zero far more educational. Instead of just learning history, the students say they got to see it unfold.

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School Choice Expansion

Updated: 04/29/2011 - Right now just 14-hundred students receive money from the state to leave a failing school for a better school in their district. But the Florida Legislature hopes to expand the school voucher program. A bill to expand the definition of a failing school is at the heart of their plan to grow the voucher program.

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Port St. Joe 5th Grade teacher wins Golden Apple award

Updated: 04/29/2011 - Port St. Joe - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a 5th grade teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School. Mrs. Brenda Wood has been teaching for 22 years, but for her and her students, each day is a brand new adventure.

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Golden Apple award winner has been teaching longer than most of her colleagues have been alive

Posted: 04/22/2011 - Bristol - This week's Golden Apple award winner has been teaching for decades. Betty Wilson is a second grade teacher at WR Tolar K-8 school in Bristol. During her career, Mrs. Wilson has taught every grade from kindergarten through middle school. This year is her last in the classroom. "I don't want to tell you how many... but 40 plus years," said Mrs. Betty Wilson. She has been inspiring students to learn, grow, and succeed for more than 4 decades. "I just can't think of anything I would rather be doing."

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Breakfast Point Academy 5th grade teacher wins Golden Apple

Updated: 04/08/2011 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a 5th grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy. Lori Fitzgerald was in public relations and marketing for several years before following her heart into the classroom.

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Gulf County discusses shortened school week

Updated: 03/31/2011 - Gulf County School Superintendent Tim Wilder hit the road again Wednesday night to talk to parents about his 4-day school week proposal.

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Golden Apple Award Winner teaches Pre-K at Vernon Elementary

Updated: 03/26/2011 - Vernon - This week's Golden Apple award winning teacher Mrs. Linda Howell teaches Pre-K at Vernon Elementary School. Spend just a few minutes in Mrs. Howell's classroom and you'll see she has a gift for working with young children who are very active.

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Race to the Top

Updated: 03/16/2011 - Debate is raging tonight at the state capitol, as lawmakers battle over merit pay and the end of tenure for more than two hundred thousand teachers in Florida. Unlike last year, most teachers choose to stay home for this debate.

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarships Dimming

Posted: 03/04/2011 - State lawmakers facing tough budget decisions have their eye on the popular bright futures scholarships. The program funds tuition costs for the majority of graduating high school seniors at state universities. Students could see a reduction 20 percent or more next fall.

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Arnold High School Latin teacher, Nicole Sellers, wins Golden Apple Award

Posted: 03/03/2011 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple Award-winning teacher is Nicole Sellers. She teaches Latin and English at Arnold High School on Panama City Beach. Mrs. Sellers has been teaching Latin for 11 years, but this is her first year at Arnold. It didn't take long for students to realize she is something special.

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New Report Accuses Bay District Schools Of Over-Criminalizing Students

Posted: 03/03/2011 - Panama City- Under the Zero Tolerance policy, school fights were almost often times turned-over to law enforcement, but in 2009 the state amended the policy recommended handling incidents in-house, reducing the number of students with criminal records.

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Bay County Birth Rates Amongst Teens Drops

Posted: 03/01/2011 - Panama City - The Centers for Disease Control has released the latest statistics for teenage births, and numbers for Florida are down 19%. They're down as well in Bay County.

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