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 By Robert Connors    Schools 
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Approval Granted for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Webber

After a two-year process, Webber International University has been granted approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The University has begun accepting... — Updated 10/22/2021

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Polk State Spring Enrollment Opens

Enrollment for the Spring 2022 Semester at Polk State College will start on Monday, October 25, 2021, with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50 percent... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Charter Schools Search for Superintendent Described as "Transparent"

Finding a new superintendent for the Lake Wales Charter School System is a painstaking process, with huge focus on finding the ideal candidate, according to Bill Vogel. Vogel, 72,... — Updated 10/20/2021


Polk State College Names New Board Officers, Trustees

Polk State College’s District Board of Trustees elected Ashley Bell Barnett as Chair and Greg Littleton as Vice-Chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year on Monday during the... — Updated 10/8/2021

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Florida Dept. of Education Finally Submits $2.3B Federal Funds Request

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is... — Updated 10/8/2021


Polk County Schools "Portrait of a Graduate" Survey Now Open

Students and parents involved in the Polk County Public Schools may wish to offer comments to the School System about the future direction of Polk Public Schools. According to... — Updated 10/4/2021

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Lake Wales High School Marks Annual Homecoming

The small-town spirit shone through in Lake Wales Thursday as a thousand spectators gathered to watch the annual Homecoming Parade organized by the students of Lake Wales High... — Updated 10/2/2021

 By News Staff    Schools

Florida Still Missing Out on Billions for Public Schools; What's the Holdup?

Editor's Note: Florida public schools seem to be purposefully forgotten by state leaders, leaving teachers scrambling to work miracles with scarcely a loaf or fish in sight. This... — Updated 9/24/2021


New Surgeon General shakes up school COVID protocols and leaves Constitutional questions unanswered

In a dramatic turnabout involving Florida’s new surgeon general, the state Department of Health has created a new COVID-19 related emergency rule that allows parents to keep kids... — Updated 9/24/2021


Getting The Better Of Bullying

(NAPSI)-For many students, learning and school excitement can be stifled by caution and worry about bullying-but it can be alleviated. The Problem Children who are bullied or who... — Updated 9/12/2021

 By Lydia Guzman    Schools

Florida Poly Computer Engineering Program in Top 25 for Affordability

Florida Polytechnic University has been ranked as No. 25 in the United States among the 100 most affordable computer engineering programs by University HQ, an independent... — Updated 8/29/2021

 By Lydia Guzman    Schools

Florida Poly Fall Enrollment Continues Growth Trend

The fall 2021 class of incoming students is the largest in Florida Polytechnic University's history with more than 625 new students joining the University from an applicant pool of... — Updated 8/29/2021


Polk State to Return Most Services, Classes Back on Campus Aug. 2

Polk State College will be moving to Phase III of its Return to Campus Plan on Monday, August 2, 2021, with the majority of services returning to campus and more face-to-face class... — Updated 7/23/2021


Polk County Schools Offer Two Options for Fall: In-Person or Virtual Classes

Polk County Public Schools is finalizing plans for the 2021-22 school year and will offer two learning options for students. The first option will be traditional campus learning... — Updated 7/23/2021


Florida Poly Again Spurns National Trends With New Application Surge

Defying national trends in higher education, Florida Polytechnic University is enjoying a significant increase in the number of students applying to and committing to attend the Uni... — Updated 6/9/2021


Polk County Schools Ends Mask Requirement for Students and Staff

Polk County Public Schools is no longer requiring students and staff to wear face coverings. During its June 8 meeting, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to lift a... — Updated 6/9/2021


Florida Poly Graduate Project Aims to Transform Traffic in Brazilian City

A new partnership between Florida Polytechnic University and the prestigious Centro Universitário Facens in Brazil is off to a strong start with the completion of a project that... — Updated 6/4/2021


McLaughlin Theatre Students Perform War of the Worlds

The McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy Theatre Department is presenting a free presentation via the online ZOOM platform. The students will perform H.G. Wells' The War... — Updated 5/21/2021

 By Betty Bent    Schools

Director Provides Guest Column About Higher Learning Academy

I, Betty Bent, represent the Higher Learning Academy of Central Florida. Located in Lake Wales, FL my Preschool not only teaches from a diverse curriculum that covers a range of... — Updated 5/6/2021


McLaughlin Students Honoring Moms, Other Ladies with Free Car Wash

As part of their initiative to give back to the community students from the McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy are offering a free pre-Mother's Day car wash. Mothers,... — Updated 4/29/2021


Higher Learning Academy Prepares Children for Bright Future - and Kindergarten

Shapes, colors, math and words are important, but Betty Bent says so are manners and respect. The director of Higher Learning Academy in Lake Wales says educators at her school... — Updated 4/29/2021


Acting Principal Shares McLaughlin Success

Dr. Debra Wright-Hudson is on a mission. The acting principal of McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy is reaching out to the Lake Wales community to share the good news... — Updated 4/22/2021


Polk State College District Board of Trustees Considering Changes in Fees for 2021-22

The Polk State College District Board of Trustees (DBOT) will consider changes in lab fees for college credit, Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety, and Educator... — Updated 4/22/2021


Florida First Lady Promoting Resiliency Initiative

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of a resiliency initiative for Florida schools to emphasize key character development skills including volunteerism, teamwork... — Updated 4/15/2021


Apply Online for Free 2021-22 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Applications are now being taken online for Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) for the 2021-22 school year. The VPK application process is now being conducted entirely online.... — Updated 4/8/2021


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