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Mon Jan 09 02:08:51 EST 2017 | Tampa Bay Times
SCHOOL CHOICE: The Manatee County school district changes policy to allow student-athletes in nontraditional programs such as home schooling to use school choice to pick where they play sports, the Bradenton Herald reports. BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County school bus aide faces dismissal after punching a student with autism, the Palm Beach Post reports. [Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2017 6:49am]

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Arts opportunities for Palm Springs Unified School District students continue to expand.  Three new opportunities launch this week thanks to the outreach of district arts coor..
A private school association whose financial practices are under scrutiny has reached a deal with the Alberta government to keep overseeing 3,500 home-schooled students across the ..
PROTEST: Some Duval County high school students stage a sit-in to seek more credit for their African-American history course, the Florida Times-Union reports. BUS DRIVERS: The..
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office is investigating two separate shootings Sunday night. Deputies said the first one happened at 5:35 p.m. in the 100 block o..
WEST PALM BEACH -- Palm Beach Lakes junior Ty Hands broke a 60-60 tie with two free throws with 1:14 remaining en route to a 66-63 victory over Dwyer on Tuesday night in a key Dist..
Palm Beach County is launching a new program that officials hope will lower the heroin overdose death toll by getting addicts into medication-assisted treatment. Starting Monday, p..
Corey Embree dove in the waters off the Palm Beach County coast looking for sharks, but in 20 years of diving, he never thought he would encounter a great white shark. "It was amaz..
Palm Beach County is moving full steam ahead with a plan to turn a Cold War-era submarine into a diving attraction. Commissioners voted Tuesday to use $1 million in vessel registra..
A plan to give Palm Beach County lifeguards a boost in pay and benefits failed to garner enough support to pass Tuesday. Commissioners deadlocked 3-3 on awarding an 11.5 percent ra..
Palm Beach County is set to collect $3.4 million in disaster relief funds for costs associated with Hurricane Matthew. Commissioners are expected to finalize the agreement Tuesday...
Palm Beach County is working to determine what caused about 6,000 government phone lines to go down for several hours Monday. The outage meant callers couldn't get through to anima..
Palm Beach County lifeguards who protect beaches from Boca Raton to Tequesta could see their pay increase under an agreement set for approval Tuesday. Lifeguards with emergency med..
Boca Raton’s boys basketball team defeated Somerset Academy 88-66 to advance to the championship round of the Boca Raton Holiday Tournament. Cade Long led Boca Raton with 27 points..
Spanish River's boys soccer team prevailed over district rival Deerfield Beach to complete the season sweep of the Bucks and improve their record to 8-11-3 on the season. In their ..
Matt Schner banked in a 15-foot shot as time expired to give Grandview Prep's boys basketball team a narrow 66-64 win over Boca Raton. The win clinched the Boca Raton Holiday Tourn..
Twenty boys basketball teams, as well as two girls teams, from across Broward and Palm Beach counties competed at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas and Cypres..
Highlands Christian's boys basketball team prevailed in a back-and-forth matchup over Lake Worth Christian on Monday night by a score of 56-46. Highlands Christian trailed Lake Wor..
NEW YORK (AP) — The son of a former Palm Beach County School Board member in Florida has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a bitcoin case. Anthony Murgio faces a decade or mo..
Two Palm Beach County teachers accused of helping third grade students with math answers on state standardized tests could be fired by the School Board on Wednesday. At Citrus Cove..
Dalia Dippolito's third trial on a 2009 murder-for-hire charge will be held in Palm Beach County — if the defense gets its wish. This is a change from their demands to take the cas..
Santaluces is facing allegations of violating FHSAA by-laws after new football coach Korey Banks was accused of recruiting Boynton Beach players while he was an assistant for the T..
AVON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut reported a pair of accidents involving school buses as a steady snow fell across much of the state. Police in Avon says two students as wel..
An assistant principal who alleged she was demoted after she became pregnant may soon collect $350,000 from the Palm Beach County School District. Anne Williams Dorsey said she was..
Dalia Dippolito will remain on house arrest as she awaits a third trial on a 2009 murder-for-hire charge, a judge decided Friday. In a Friday afternoon status check hearing, Circui..
PJ Library is the national program designed to improve Jewish family life by instilling a love of Jewish-themed books in Jewish children. In Palm Beach County, the two PJ Library p..
A Northwestern High School student has been charged after a BB pistol was found in his car in the school parking lot, according to a Rock Hill police report. Akhir Abdul Al-Qa’sim,..
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police say a Maryland teacher accused of engaging in a --- act with a student has left the county. Baltimore County Police tell local news media outlets th..
WALDORF, MD (WUSA9) - A crash involving a school bus has sent five people to the hospital in Charles County, Md. The wreck between a school bus and passenger vehicle happened a lit..
The following Cumberland County school districts have announced delayed openings for Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, due mainly to the icy conditions left on area roadways from the weekend s..
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Updated 10 hours ago A Hempfield Area High School teacher is on paid leave after a student accused him of --- harassment, though investigators say they've found no crime. The fe..
Hundreds of college programs are in trouble with the Department of Education for violating student debt rules. This comes after universities and colleges reportedly have been saddl..
NEW YORK (AP) — The son of a former Florida school board member pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy charges in a bitcoin case, acknowledging he participated in a money exchange ..
A man wanted in the November killing of a Waukegan High School student was arrested in Tennessee this week and brought back to Lake County, where his bail was set at $3 million Thu..