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Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Anastasia Dawson

Tribune Staff

Budget hole makes for testy talks on Hillsborough teacher raises


TAMPA — Tensions were high and patience was wearing thin Thursday during the latest salary bargaining between the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and school district administrators.

Survey says HCC faculty fed up with President Ken Atwater


— After five years working with President Ken Atwater, the faculty union at Hillsborough Community College says it wants him to go.

Probiotics for infants may prevent diabetes, USF study shows


TAMPA — Parents with a family history of Type 1 diabetes may want to give their babies more bacteria — the good kind.

Griffin elected school board chairwoman; Edgecomb passed over

- In front of an angry audience Tuesday, school board members ignored tradition to elect April Griffin as the new board chairwoman, snubbing long-time Hillsborough educator Doretha Edgecomb, the board’s lone black memb...

USF students rally for diversity, cite similarities to Missouri problems


Hundreds of miles from student-led race protests at the University of Missouri, some students on Tampa’s college campuses are taking up their own charge for racial equa...

USF's Tampa campus to ban smoking on entire campus beginning Jan. 1

- A campus-wide awareness campaign is already underway. The ban includes e-cigarettes, hookahs, chewing tobacco or other tobacco products, and it applies anywhere on the campus, including sporting events, graduation ceremonie...

Hillsborough Safe and Sound program for at-risk youth poised to advance


During a summer plagued by teen violence and questions on racial justice, a new violence prevention group was laying the groundwork for change in Hillsborough County neighborh...

Classmates remember boy, 11, killed by hit-and-run driver

- Monday morning, after fifth graders at Davis Elementary School settled into their classrooms, school psychologists and grief counselors broke the news: Alex Torres wouldn’t be coming back to school.

Hillsborough policy has suspensions down, but teachers feel pressure

- Fewer students in Hillsborough County are getting suspended this school year, but questions have arisen about whether the numbers mask a larger problem.

UT raising $150 million for projects including new buildings

- The University of Tampa has big plans for its riverside campus in the heart of downtown Tampa, but first it hopes to bring in some money. The effort is off to a good start: An anonymous benefactor has also issued the Spart...

USF gets approval for state’s biggest-ever dorm project

- The State Board of Governors approved plans Thursday for the largest student housing project in its history — Andros Village at the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

Hillsborough school board to hire outside auditor


TAMPA — Hillsborough School Board members gave the OK on Tuesday for an Austin consulting firm to launch a comprehensive audit of every level of school district operations. It will be the first external audit of ...

Hillsborough school board bullish about cutting costs in face of shortfall

- Faced with a $142 million hole in a budget of $2.9 billion, the seven-member board is spending hours each meeting scrutinizing money matters that got little attention before they learned of the shortfall this summer. One bi...

Gas leak in lab forces evacuation at Leto High: ‘It smelled like death in there’

- Students in a first-period chemistry class could smell the gas as soon as the door was opened, but no school action was taken for an hour, according to one sophomore. Some teens were picked up at the campus, and others were...

Hillsborough students outpace peers in ‘national report card’


TAMPA — The validity of Florida’s standardized test is still hotly debated, and scores won’t arrive until December or January, but fourth and eighth grade students in Hillsborough County now have oth...

School board OKs record $2 million settlement for injured football player

- The settlement with former Wharton High student Sean McNamee is the largest ever by Hillsborough’s school district, his attorneys say, and creates the county’s first uniform protocol for protecting student ath...

New procedures added in settlement over Wharton athlete’s injury


TAMPA — Hillsborough County School Board members will vote today on a settlement with the family of former Wharton High School football player Sean McNamee, who sued the school district last year after suffering a...

New school provides stability for Tampa homeless kids

- The ribbon cutting didn’t come until Monday, but students at the new Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School at Metropolitan Ministries already are growing accustomed to the shiny new hallways, colorful classrooms and...

Suspensions drop at Hillsborough schools after new policy

- Many school districts across the nation have begun to question whether suspending or expelling students as young as 5 or 6 is an effective way to improve classroom behavior.

USF trustees vote to put TV station in FCC auction

- Despite pleas to keep the station on the air, University of South Florida’s top officials voted to put WUSF’s spot on the broadcast spectrum up for auction — even if that means going dark for good.

WUSF-TV signing off? Trustees to vote on placing station in FCC auction

- The FCC will allow stations across the country to voluntarily sell or trade broadcasting rights to free up space on the spectrum to serve the growing demand for wireless devices. USF could make millions in the move.

Florida universities building plusher dormitory digs to lure students

- State universities must charge roughly the same tuition, so they cannot compete for students on price alone. That makes campus amenities such as fancy dorms a key to recruiting and retaining students.

Florida Poly notes progress as president is sworn in


TAMPA — Miles away from strip malls and skyscrapers, Randy Avent has officially taken command of the spaceship-like structure that towers over Interstate 4 in a Lakeland cow pasture. Avent was sworn in as Florida ...

Publix may open at USF Tampa by fall 2017

- The first Publix supermarket ever to open on a college campus could come to USF by fall 2017, a company spokesman said. It would be part of an expansive new student housing project called Andros Village.

USF group wants Bill Young's name removed from ROTC building

- Two years after his death, a group of students wants to remove C.W. Young's name from the building that houses the USF ROTC program over Young's involvement in an anti-gay legislative committee during the Civil Rights era.

Transgender students finding a voice in schools

- This school year Ariel Zavala started the Alonso Pride Alliance, a school club where students of all sexual orientations talk about inclusion and acceptance. Sixty students have already joined.

Upperclassmen object as UT limits on-campus housing


TAMPA — Tony Murray was outraged when he opened an email from the University of Tampa this week promising a change in on-campus housing.

District school test scores released, but leaders question their value


TAMPA — Florida’s school districts got their first taste Wednesday morning of how students performed on last school year’s new standardized tests. Yet with no set pass or fail grades, and scores eve...