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Kids missing school: Why it’s happening – and how to stop it

Around 7.5 million to 8 million students are chronically absent each year. That’s a significant number of students who are missing school for various reasons.
Take control of your money, garden, and chickens with UF/IFAS classes for June
UF/IFAS Extension Orange County provides education and information to residents and businesses. Current classes/events are listed on our events calendar.
Apopka honors Dr. Shirley Sharpe-Terrell
Apopka commemorates an icon next month and gets a glimpse of a nearly completed and long-awaited transformational school in South Apopka.
Which college in Florida is the hardest to get into?
Deciding where to go college is the first major life decision many Americans make. There are many factors to weigh when selecting a school - including cost and distance from home.
Who is the top returning quarterback in Orange County?
Who is the best returning quarterback in Orange County high school football? Certainly, Apopka's Tyson Davison and Wekiva's Tyray Davis should be in the conversation. And if you think Davison or …
Florida Legislature approves 8-year school board term limits
In 2022, lawmakers approved 12-year term limits for local school board members in Florida, but a year later, the House and Senate chambers decided to impose 8-year term limits.
Breaking News: Apopka's Jalen Carter chosen by Philadelphia Eagles in first round of NFL Draft
Jalen Carter, a standout defensive lineman at Apopka High School and the University of Georgia, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the ninth pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Apopka's Dream Lake Elementary Jedi Scientists win local STEM competition
Dream Lake Elementary's Jedi Scientists (Braudy German, Claudivel German, Colt Biaggi) will represent Central Florida in the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering contest.
Literacy Re-Imagined in Apopka
The Re-imagine Communities gears up for its 3rd Annual Read Around the City contest. Apopka Area Elementary School students embark on a 4-week reading tour around the city.
Kelly Park School recognized for creative rain barrel art
Local students, including four from the Kelly Park School in Apopka, are being recognized for raising awareness about water conservation through their artwork.
Florida students rank 37th in average ACT scores
In Florida, the average composite ACT score in 2022 was 19.0 out of a possible 36, the 13th lowest among states. California and Massachusetts led all states with an average score of 26.5.
Is it time for teachers to get a raise?
Teacher wage gaps vary widely from state to state, but in no state does teacher pay equal or exceed pay for other college graduates.
OCPS Magnet programs earn national recognition
The award recognizes magnet schools that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, and specialized teaching staff.
Apopka's Jalen Carter wins second national championship; declares for 2023 NFL Draft
After winning two straight national championships at the University of Georgia, Apopka's Jalen Carter has announced his intent to enter the 2023 NFL Draft.
After tuition, books, and room and board, colleges’ rising health fees hit a nerve
You’ve compared tuition, reviewed on-campus housing costs, and even digested student meal plan prices. But have you thought about how much your son’s or daughter’s dream school will charge for health coverage?
The long-awaited Orange Technical College - Apopka Campus will honor local icon
The people have spoken! The new Orange Technical College - Apopka Campus, opening in 2023, will be dedicated to Dr. Shirley Sharpe-Terrell. A "servant leader" who passed away in December 2021.
Maybe you shouldn’t get that master’s degree in this economy
These days, as the US confronts an economic downturn and tech companies slash payrolls, experts are warning prospective MBAs and JDs to reconsider dropping six figures for a fancy-schmancy degree.