Erin Jester,

Erin Jester

Florida, United States

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Education lawsuit nears trial

A lawsuit filed in 2009 alleging that Florida has failed in its most important duty — providing every student with a uniform and a high quality education — will finally go to trial in Tallahassee this March. → Read More

Teachers descend on Tallahassee to protest school issues

Some 2,000 teachers from across Florida, including about 60 from Alachua County, will march to the steps of the state capitol today to let legislators know that “enough is enough.” → Read More

Panel: State's juvenile justice system needs work

Alachua County has already taken several steps to reduce contact between law enforcement and minority groups, but the statewide justice system needs serious reform, a panel of experts said Wednesday evening during a discussion on the University of Florida’s campus. → Read More

Jail-to-school pipeline? Citation or a booking mug? Prison for kids? Panel takes on issues

The League of Women Voters and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a forum tonight on tensions between Alachua County’s diverse community and the legal system. → Read More

Petition helps move high school graduations to Swamp

After many phone calls to the public school district and the University of Florida, and a petition that garnered almost 1,000 signatures, the venue for three local high schools’ graduation ceremonies has changed from Citizens Field to The Swamp. → Read More

Students can’t wait to tinker with hulking machines

A local defense company gave students of the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High two very special “toys” for Christmas. → Read More

SFC time capsule leads to more mystery

The contents of a 25-year-old time capsule revealed at Santa Fe College’s spring convocation Monday led mostly to more mystery. → Read More

Migratory sandhill cranes make annual stop, but ranks are thin

The birds are back in town. → Read More

Elementary school shakeup among big changes in 2015

2015 was a year of major changes for Alachua County Public Schools. → Read More

WIC office to open in Alachua

Alachua County will open its fourth Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children clinic in January. → Read More

Volunteers bring gifts to make hospital stays easier on parents, kids

When the holidays roll around, UF Health Shands children’s hospital usually finds itself with plenty of donated toys and other items to make Christmas special for its youngest patients. → Read More

Brothers share devices, holiday cheer with hospitalized kids

Two local brothers will soon launch an ongoing project to provide electronics for hospital-bound children, but they’re kicking it off by donating their own items. → Read More

Amid STEM focus, some clamor for more vocational training

The improving job market offers opportunity for students who excel in math and technical skills, but employers in Alachua County say there are good jobs waiting for students who can work with their hands as well as with their minds. → Read More

Santa Claus, lawyers bring holiday fun to Head Start at Terwilliger Elementary

Head Start students at Terwilliger Elementary got a surprise visit Wednesday from Santa Claus, who braved the unseasonable heat to bring toys, books and good cheer from the Eighth Judicial Circuit. → Read More

Quick work by teachers, nurse save choking student

Two teachers and a nurse are being hailed as heroes at High Springs Community School after they likely saved the life of a choking student earlier this week. → Read More

$1.2 million lost when seven local charters close

Since 2000, seven out of 21 charter schools operating in Alachua County have closed. → Read More

Kids use robots to battle, learn

Screams from the bleachers grew louder as the timer wound down, joining the dull thump of pop music and the squeak of sneakers on the gym floor. → Read More

X-Lab weaves disciplines, saves students time

While it sounds like something out of a Marvel comic, the University of Florida’s X-Laboratory doesn’t contain anything particularly unusual or newfangled. → Read More

Gainesville author Lauren Groff gets shoutout from President Obama

Lauren Groff has had a good year. → Read More

Should the language of computers replace foreign language in high school?

Two classrooms at Loften High, two totally different lessons: → Read More