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House bill aims to reduce state-mandated education testing, limit effect on teacher evaluations

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida House of Representatives last week unanimously approved legislation that would lower the number and importance of tests administered at public schools. The bill (HB 7069) would eliminate an 11th-grade language arts test, ban final exams in classes that include end-of-course testing mandated by the state or local school districts and make a college-readiness exam optional for some students. It would also reduce how

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  • Celebration High School educator wins School District teacher of the year

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

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Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, was named teacher of the year.

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer More than 700 people gathered at Osceola Heritage Park Thursday night for the annual teacher of the year awards to see a Celebration High School educator win top honors. In the end, Celebration swept the contest. Kelly Cotton, a U.S. history and government teacher at Celebration High School, won teacher of the year. And Jennifer Neumann, an exceptional student education paraprofessional from Celebration K-8 School,

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  • District moving forward with Acclaim charter school takeover

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Osceola County School District is still in the process of negotiating contracts for various services at Acclaim Academy Military Charter School, which it will take over March 31. Everything from the phone bill to maintenance contracts must be taken into consideration. “We find more and more things we need to do,” Superintendent Melba Luciano said at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. “As we go down

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  • ‘Guns on Campus’ bill gains traction in Tallahassee

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm

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Students walk to class at Valencia College’s Kissimmee Campus on Tuesday.

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories the News-Gazette will feature during the 2015 Legislative session. By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Consider the deadly shooting at Florida State University last fall when a man opened fire in a campus library. The gunman, an FSU graduate, was killed by police after injuring three students. Would the situation have played out differently if any of the students, faculty

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  • School Board to keep charter school open after facing closure due to financial woes

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

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    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Osceola County School District Tuesday committed to keeping Acclaim Academy Military Charter School open until the end of the school year. In an emergency meeting, the School Board voted to attempt to keep the privately operated Acclaim Academy open for the 360 seventh through 12th graders who attend the school on Pleasant Hill Road near Poinciana. The school opened in 2012. Acclaim Academy is

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  • Professional anglers try to hook students with science and math

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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FLW pro angler Pete Ponds of Madison, Miss., explains the features of his bass fishing boat and how they help him compete on the pro fishing circuit at a presentation March 10 at Reedy Creek Elementary School.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The stress for the fisherman competing in the Walmart FLW Tour’s inaugural 2015 event last week on Lake Tohopekaliga began on March 5, when the horn sounded to begin the event. They spent the earlier part of the week scouring the Kissimmee chain of lakes, renowned worldwide for its bass fishing, for the best spots. So a chance to de-stress and have some fun on

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  • Discovery Intermediate School students work with NASA

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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Math teacher Brandon McCurry helps Zavion Minuty, left, and Austin Mondon, right, with their Discovery Education project at Discovery Intermediate School on Monday.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The project: build a lunar plant growth chamber to house vegetative life on the moon. Engineers and astronauts from NASA are already hard at work on the case. But they’ll be taking some cues and ideas from — get ready for this — middle school students. Some of those engineering ideas might come from Discovery Intermediate School. The middle school in Poinciana began participating this year

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