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No more High-Stakes Testing in Florida schools

Staff Reports - Tuesday, March 15, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1048, which officially replaces the Florida Standards Assessment with progress monitoring to measure students’ growth. The legislation makes Florida the first state in the nation to transition fully to progress-monitoring for school accountability. Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, Florida students will have three short check-ins instead of multi-day, end-of-year, high-stakes tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Progress monitoring will benefit students, teachers and parents by allowing for informed instruction in a timely manner, helping instruction to be tailored to each student’s individual needs.

Messiah’s Mansion coming to Live Oak, March 19-26, 2022

Career Fair held on grounds at RIVEROAK

After two years—students, visitors and organizers enjoyed coming together again

Left to Right: Kelli Morrow, Jayden Bates, and Layla Starling sharing information to students about Patient Care Technician Program. – RIVEROAK Courtesy Photo 

LCPD has successful re-accreditation

Pictured Above: Chief Gerald Butler along with the Accreditation Manager Greg Burnsed, Accreditation team member Officer Erica Johns, members of Command Staff, the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni, City Government Officials, and CFA Members.
-Photo: Submitted

Clay Electric lineworkers place at Lineman Competition

Winners L-R: Apprentices Gaige Griffis and Craig Smith; and journeyman team members Joel Baker, David Poncher and Lee Lambert. -Photo: Submitted

Obit, Obituary


February 15, 1945 – February 24, 2022

Obit, Obituary

In Memory of Audrey Nell Williams

February 15, 2022

Obit, Obituary

In Memory of Mary K. Williamson

May 15, 1927 to February 21, 2022

New education legislation proposed:

More parental input and school board term limits

By Tami Stevenson

A bill called “K-12 Education” (HB 1467) is receiving a lot of attention. It has been called one of the most controversial education proposals of the 2022 legislative session.

     The education bill passed the Florida House last week with 78 Yeas - 40 Nays and  is now off to the Senate. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Sam Garrison, R-Fleming Island.

An AI Connoisseur?
Researchers say yes!

Geneticist Marcio Resende -Photo: Submitted

By Brad Buck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Live Oak, Fla., – Can a computer “taste” a tomato or a blueberry? Well, not exactly, but it can tell scientists which volatiles in these fruits make them taste good, say University of Florida researchers.