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

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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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  • District begins swipe card system for buses

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

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Roman Jahaziel scans his PATH student identification on a school bus on Monday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The Osceola County School District is embarking on a plan to make it harder for students to lie to their parents and school administrators about where they are before and after school. It’s all in the name of safety. The new Student Tracking System was implemented on school buses carrying high-school students this week. It tracks students by having them swipe their student identification cards

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  • Long brings election violations against Jay Wheeler – again

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Former Osceola County School Board member Tom Long did not seek re-election when his term ended in 2014. During his four years, he sparred repeatedly with multi-term Board Member Jay Wheeler. But even after leaving the board, Long has still been at odds with Wheeler, as evidenced by the campaign violation allegations he filed against Wheeler with the Florida Elections Commission in early December. Long

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  • Wheeler takes superintendent to task

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm


    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Osceola County School Board member Jay Wheeler did not ask for the resignation or firing of school Superintendent Melba Luciano at Tuesday’s board meeting like some expected, but he did express his distaste for the letter-grade drop at 19 schools, including six high schools. Seven increased, but Wheeler only credited her with four because three were charter schools, and took Luciano to task for that.

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  • Education leaders focus on student career training

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. 
spoke at Wednesday’s “State of Education.”

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Every graduating high school senior in Osceola County will receive an acceptance letter from Valencia College later this spring, whether they applied or not. It’s a new outreach effort by Valencia to attract students who may not otherwise know their options after high school. Osceola County’s 78 percent high school graduation rate is higher than the state average, but the district is below average when

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  • Six high schools see letter grades drop

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The state of Florida released the school letter grades for high schools for the 2013-14. While some schools maintained their achievement, others slipped a letter grade, in line with many other schools in the state. Harmony High School, Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) and The Osceola County School for the Arts each maintained their A grade from 2012-13. The other six public high schools

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  • Teachers to board: We can’t deal with state mandates

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

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    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer During a time of the year when thoughts are about giving thanks for what people have, local teachers may be wondering what they have left to give. As the new Common Core Standards became the Florida Standards this year, demands of teachers have changed — and greatly increased as the state is dictating how students are to learn. At the same time that teachers’ workloads

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