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Local High School Named Top in the State for the Second Time

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Niceville- The state released the latest FCAT scores for high schools last week and the top school in the state is located here in the Panhandle. In fact it’s the second time Northwest Florida State College's Collegiate High School has earned the top ranking in its 10-year history. It’s something staff and students are taking great pride in.

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Block Tuition on the Way for UF

Updated: 12/10/2010 - The University of Florida took steps Friday to change the way students pay for their education. UF is moving to block tuition, charging students by the semester instead of the credit hour.

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Golden Apple award-winning teacher nears 30 years of teaching

Updated: 12/10/2010 - Ponce de Leon - This week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher has been teaching reading and literature at Ponce de Leon High School for almost 3 decades. She was inspired to teach by her high school English teacher many years ago. What makes this story even more special, Ms. Ingrid Gillman was nominated by her high school English teacher's daughter, who today, is a teacher herself.

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Vernon and Chipley High School Improve Full Letter Grade

Posted: 12/08/2010 - Chipley - Washington County Administrators are celebrating a successful report card. Both Chipley and Vernon High School improved a full letter grade based on a new set of calculations from the state.

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State releases individual high school grades

Posted: 12/08/2010 - The grades are in for Florida’s public high schools. the state released the grades today, almost six months late because of a new grading method. This is the first year the grades were not based solely on FCAT scores.

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Golden Apple award winning teacher found calling "late in life"

Updated: 12/03/2010 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher is teaches 2nd grade at Oakland Terrace Elementary in Panama City. Mrs. Deborah Carey-Burkett says she discovered teaching was her calling after working for years as the director of a domestic violence program. It was while she was teaching probation classes years ago that her students told her she had a gift.

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Class Size Amendment Progress Report

Updated: 12/01/2010 - The Florida Department of Education has notified all of the state's school districts on their progress in meeting the class size amendment. Overall, the news is good for district in our area.

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Golden Apple award winner inspires students to follow in her footsteps

Posted: 11/19/2010 - Panama City Beach - The student who nominated this week's Golden Apple award winner says this teacher has inspired her to become an educator herself one day. Alison Moreira is a 5th grade teacher at Breakfast Point Academy on Panama City Beach.

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Florida College Cheating Not An Isolated Problem

Posted: 11/13/2010 - An unusual lecture on cheating by University of Central Florida Management Professor Richard Quinn has gone viral. Quinn found that a third of his 615 student management class cheated on their midterms. Cheating on campus is an increasing problem.

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Bay Haven Charter Academy teacher Mrs. Kelly Lovett wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 11/05/2010 - Hiland Park - This week's Golden Apple award-winning teacher team teaches fifth grade at Bay Haven Charter Academy. Her students tell us Mrs. Lovett has been known to break out in song mid-lesson and teaches her students clever ways to remember difficult concepts. It was student Tyler Grice who nominated her for this week's Golden Apple award.

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Golden Apple Award winner's class is a safe haven for students

Updated: 10/29/2010 - Lynn Haven - Nominated by one of her students, Mosley High School math and English teacher Brenda Peacock's entire third period rallied to make sure she was acknowledged for all of her hard work and dedication to her students.

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Freeport Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Teresa Tripp wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 10/22/2010 - Freeport - This week's Golden Apple award winning teacher was nominated not by once, but twice. Both mothers have students in Mrs. Tripp's 3rd grade class at Freeport Elementary. And both felt so strongly that Mrs. Tripp should win that they launched campaigns on Facebook to get family and friends to vote for her. It worked.

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Golden Apple award winner is a "leader among teachers"

Posted: 10/15/2010 - In Mrs. Alday's 2nd grade class, becoming a better reader begins with a trip to the computer lab. Calling her a go-getter and a leader among teachers, Principal Ladona Kelley approached Mrs. Alday first to try the pilot program Lexia reading. "Anything that I think may benefit the children classroom-wise I can count on Mrs. Alday to give me a very honest answer and a knowledge-based answer on whether or not it's going to work," said Ladona Kelley, the Principal of Altha School.

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2nd grade teacher takes home Golden Apple Award

Updated: 10/08/2010 - Spend just five minutes in Mrs. Keiffer's 2nd grade classroom at Hiland Park Elementary School and you'll understand why her students love coming to school.

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