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Palm Coast, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Nikki:

School closures: Collier and Lee county schools closed Friday because of Hurricane Ian

All school district sites will be closed, all after school-programs canceled. Florida Gulf Coast University also is closed for the week. → Read More

School closures: Collier and Lee county schools closed Friday because of Hurricane Ian

All school district sites will be closed, all after school-programs canceled. Florida Gulf Coast University also is closed for the week. → Read More

School closures: Lee and Collier schools closed through Thursday, FGCU through Friday

Lee and Collier County schools will be closed through Thursday, according to district officials. FGCU is closed the rest of the week. → Read More

Collier County public schools to close; Lee schools, FGCU undecided ahead of Hurricane Ian

Here is the most up-to-date information on what schools in Southwest Florida are doing in regards to Hurricane Ian → Read More

U.S. News 2022-23 Best Colleges: Here's how Florida colleges and universities ranked

The U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, released its 2022-2023 Best Colleges list Monday. → Read More

How does the Parents' Bill of Rights work in Lee County Schools? Here's the new policy

Here's what the Lee County School District policy, which went into effect on Aug. 31, has to say about the Parents' Bill of Rights law. → Read More

Teacher shortage Q&A: 6 things you need to know about Lee and Collier counties

A look at the teaching vacancies in SWFL, why there are shortages and what the Lee and Collier school districts are doing to keep teachers. → Read More

Champions For Learning appoints new CEO, Barbara Evans long-time nonprofit leader in SWFL

Barbara Evans will begin her new role for the education foundation on Sept. 13. She replaces Susan McManus, who was at the helm for 29 years. → Read More

Here are the 115 library books Collier County Schools placed an advisory label on

The 115 library books with advisory labels include those with LGBTQ+ characters, transgender characters, characters of color, sexual content. → Read More

Collier County Schools are officially back in session. Here's a peek at the first day.

On Wednesday morning Superintendent Kamela Patton and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk greeted students as they arrived at Naples Park Elementary. → Read More

Back to school: Test positive for COVID-19? Here's what Lee students, parents need to do

The Lee County School District provided the following information on protocols related to COVID-19 for the 2022-23 school year. → Read More

Back to School: Lee County still short 139 bus drivers. What parents, students need to know

Buses are going to be late this fall semester for Lee County students. The district still needs 139 drivers for their 729 bus routes. → Read More

Collier County Schools superintendent search underway despite community outcry, petition

As of Thursday, 1,120 people signed a petition asking the board to not start the search until after the November election. The board started it anyway → Read More

Job alert: How to become a bus driver for Lee County schools

With less than a month to go before school start there are more bus routes in Lee County than bus drivers. → Read More

The Village School of Naples names Jeff Cavallo head of middle school

The Village School of Naples is an independent private school for preschool through grade 12. → Read More

Lee County School Board District 5 elections: Gittens facing challenge from Persons

Armor Persons and incumbent Gwynetta Gittens are running to represent District 5, which includes Lehigh Acres and Alva. → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis in Cape Coral to sign executive order for drug price transparency

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said with the rise in food and gas costs, addressing the price of pharmaceuticals is one area he could "make a difference." → Read More

Collier County School District's new high school in North Naples: What we know

The district's rezoning committee meetings for the new high school are planned for November with final approval slated for December. → Read More

Susan McManus leaves helm of Champions For Learning to pursue her own educational goals

In May, McManus retired from her position as president and CEO of the Collier County education foundation Champions For Learning to finish her doctorate. → Read More

Volusia, Flagler schools report 176% increase in COVID-19 cases this school year

Combined, that's 8,342 COVID-19 cases across both districts for the 2021-22 school year. For the 2020-21 school year, there were 3,019 cases. → Read More