Physics is the most  fundamental of sciences; it's an essential stepping stone for  careers in engineering or science. But around the country, fewer than 40 percent of high school students take a physics class. In Florida , that number is much lower -- only about a quarter of high school students take physics. Experts say that the trend affects the future earning potential of the state's students.

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Students at a Punta Gorda high school are seeing - and eating - the results of a new gardening program. Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School faculty said it teaches the teens responsibility and problem-solving skills,  while also putting food on the table for community members. The students first harvested their vegetables and herbs on a Wednesday morning this month. 

It's been just days since President Obama signed into law the new Every Child Succeeds Act, doing away with No Child Left Behind. State lawmakers likely will not be dealing with the law's effects during the next session, but anticipate big changes in 2017.

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, UF/IFAS, is holding training sessions in October and November for farm labor contractors, crew leaders, farm office staff and vehicle drivers to help them better manage farmworkers and foster workplace safety. 

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For years former Gov. Jeb Bush has traveled the country urging states to adopt a group of education policies he says improved Florida schools.

The policies focus on reading by the third grade, using test scores to measure school and teacher performance and giving students more choices about where they can go to school.

Education researchers met in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to dissect Bush’s claims.