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Beginning on Wednesday, September 28th, all schools and facilities will be closed, and extracurricular activities will be canceled through Thursday, September 29th. 
Blue Darters, Mustangs fall in week five
Week five in high school football proved to be a struggle for both the Apopka Blue Darters and Wekiva Mustangs.
Stressed out, burned out and dropping out: Why teachers are leaving the classroom
Many school districts across the United States are in the midst of a crisis: a teacher shortage. Part of the problem is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other reasons.
Peanut Butter, Poinsettias, and Trees: UF/IFAS announces its October schedule of classes for Apopka and Orange County
UF/IFAS Extension continues its classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in October.
Week Three: Blue Darters bounce back; Wekiva's rally falls short
The Apopka Blue Darters and Wekiva Mustangs took to the field Friday night in week three of the high school football season. Both teams were coming off losses in week two.
Nationwide reading score trends among 9-year-olds were set back decades amid COVID pandemic
A nationwide assessment of elementary school kids indicates that 9-year-olds have been having a harder time reading since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tough night for Apopka football teams
It was a tough night for the Apopka Blue Darters and the Wekiva Mustangs. Both teams fell to 1-1 on the season in heartbreaking losses.

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Nationwide exam for 9-year-olds in math shows hefty drop in scores amid COVID pandemic
The average scale score in 2020 for 9-year-olds in a sampling of schools across the country was 241. But in 2022, it dropped to 234, the largest drop in decades.
Orange County getting electric buses
Florida is expanding its purchase of electric transit and school buses statewide through funding from a national 2016-era EPA Volkswagen settlement.
Fewer than half of Florida 10th graders passed a statewide English exam in spring 2022
Overall, 49% of 10th graders got a passing score of at least 3 on the spring ELA exam. In total, 202,900 10th graders took the exam.
Apopka rallies past Ocoee 13-12
It was a dark and stormy night in Apopka, and the Blue Darters were in peril of losing a winning streak that has stood the test of time.
Feds to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he would cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers.
Apopka, Orange County Schools struggling with new LGBTQ legislation
With little guidance from the state, educators in Apopka and across the state were left to interpret the new law by their own judgment.
Photo of overcrowded hallway at Apopka High School triggers response from local activist
 Olsen: "We must come together with a coordinated, consistent, UNITED, and UNRELENTING effort to make the changes in Tallahassee to address our overcapacity."
Bats, Bees, and Backyard Chickens: UF/IFAS announces its September schedule of classes for Apopka and Orange County
UF/IFAS Extension continues its summer classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in September.
Students still struggling in math, with only 49% passing state Algebra 1 exam in 2022
In a crucial state Algebra 1 exam, 49 percent of students passed in 2022, up from 47 percent from the year before, according to Florida Department of Education data.
Find your Frugal: How to save money on school lunches
As parents ready their children for the start of a new school year, some may be thinking ahead to a weekly or even daily challenge: preparing packed lunches.
Report: 2,700 school bus crashes in Florida last year
Last year, there were 2,700 school bus crashes in Florida. The FHP urges motorists to always be alert and drive with caution around school buses.
District offers teachers funding opportunity to educate students on water conservation
To date, the District has funded 75 water resource education projects with a total of nearly $105,000 awarded to local schools.
Blue Darters ranked in state preseason Power 25 poll
The Apopka Blue Darters football team fell just one game short of its fourth state championship last year. But their quest begins again later this month.
As new school year draws near, Florida families can save at annual back-to-school tax holiday
The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines items exempt from sales taxes.
District's Blue School Grant Program application process opening
This year’s application cycle opens Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. Teachers in grades 6–12 at public and charter schools within the St. Johns River Water Management District are eligible.