Thousands skip school after threats

Nearly 2,000 Leon County middle and high school students stayed home — or were taken out of class by their parents on Monday — after four schools received separate threats of violence posted through social media accounts.

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Lesson plan for lawmakers

In the next two months, lawmakers will grapple with hundreds of education issues, ranging from sex education and charter school reform to overhauling state testing requirements and dispatching more dollars to schools.

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LCS considers pushing back high school start times

It’s 5:40 a.m. A band of high-schoolers stand outside a row of mobile homes framed by statuesque mossy oaks along the corner of Brittany Boulevard, not far off Capital Circle in northwest Tallahassee. They await their hour-long bus ride to school. Sunrise is more than an hour away.

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Au revoir French class? Coding could replace foreign languages

Often, when she is thinking, she’s thinking in French; if she could, she would breathe in French. Everything is lovelier when spoken in French, too — even dreaded subjects like math. To Leon High School senior Jamilah Mitchell, learning the Romance language for the last four years has unlocked a world replete with opportunities.

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‘It starts here,’ STEM provides new opportunities

In science class at Godby High School, students just learned that a scalar quantity is a one dimensional measurement, such as temperature or weight, while a vector has more than one associated number, like velocity. Taught in isolation, this bit of physics is admittedly rather sterile, but as students venture outside classroom walls and engage in hands-on activities requiring application of these principles, physics becomes tangible in a way, exciting even.

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In wake of controversy, LCS conducts gender issues training

The controversy surrounding a gender-neutral student’s decision to wear a dress — an act that flew in the face of anatomical conventions — raised many questions about the district’s bylaws regarding the dress code, school environment and discrimination against certain students. In coincidental timing, a week after the incident, Leon County Schools familiarized dozens of administrators with the policies relating to transgender and gender nonconforming students.

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