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Osceola County students begin FSA testing

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Thousands of Osceola County students have begun taking the first round of new state-mandated tests this week, a much-debated process throughout Florida for assessing academic success at public schools. Known as the Florida Standards Assessments, or FSA, the exams were developed after the Florida Department of Education adopted new, tougher standards last year. FSA essentially replaced the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT.

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  • Osceola won’t get SunRail until 2017

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    SunRail opened in Orange County last summer and will span 61 miles once the southern and northern legs are added to the line.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It’s official: SunRail isn’t opening in Osceola County next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Completion of SunRail Phase 2, which will bring the commuter train south into Osceola, has been pushed back to 2017, FDOT spokesman Steve Olson told reporters by email Thursday. The delay was first announced last year after FDOT and the Federal Transit Administration revised the completion date, Olson

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  • Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • Union leader: Pay teachers, don’t touch school class sizes

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Apryle Jackson is fighting for her teaching comrades on a number of levels. The president of the Osceola County Educators Association, the union for school employees, is trying to maintain good pay for all the workers and a respectable class size for the classroom teachers. When the Osceola County School District said last week there would be no pay raises this year because of a

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  • Community spirit story goes global

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Glenn Buratti, 6, throws a ball in his St. Cloud backyard while being videotaped by DocTV camera man James French for German television on Tuesday.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer It was Valentine’s Day when Ashlee Buratti read the first media report of her son Glenn’s 6th birthday party in the Osceola News-Gazette. “I remember because that was my original due date with him,” said the young, St. Cloud mom Tuesday, a week after the story went viral, reaching audiences across the globe. Since then, keeping track of all the coverage has been impossible, she

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  • Healing Touch looking for help

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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Nine-year-old Alex Rodriguez pets a horse at Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding center in St. Cloud. The center is currently seeking donations to buy the property it now rents and which goes up for auction March 13.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer For five years, Healing Touch Therapeutic Riding has helped Osceola County kids with disabilities. Now the nonprofit, all-volunteer operation is looking for a little help itself. The 5-acre property off Kissimmee Park Road the center has rented for the past two years was foreclosed upon earlier this month. Healing Touch co-founders Mary Kingslien and Christine Davis are scrambling to raise money to make a bid

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  • Three locals chase big league dreams

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Kissimmee’s Alex Burgos, Jimmy Moran and Cory Rhodes are headed back to their job sites after a nearly four-month vacation — although Burgos did work a winter freelance job. Now for reality: Their office is a bullpen, they’re off to play a game, and chasing a boyhood dream makes the work a little more bearable. Their employers are the Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh

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