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Bill to sweeten Bright Futures scholarship sails through Senate

Bill to sweeten Bright Futures scholarship sails through Senate

Nearly a decade since the luster on Florida’s signature merit scholarship program began to grow dim, state lawmakers have taken a decisive step toward restoring its appeal.Just three days into the 2018 Legislative session, the Florida Senate voted un...
Published: 01/11/18
Will Florida bring back full tuition breaks for college? State senators weigh in today

Will Florida bring back full tuition breaks for college? State senators weigh in today

A bill that would permanently expand state financial aid for tens of thousands of Florida college students faces a key vote today in the state Senate.The "Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2018," also known as Senate Bill 4, recently sail...
Published: 01/11/18

Pasco school board election ballot fills

One Pasco County School Board incumbent has decided not to pursue another term, while two others have announced their 2018 reelection bids.Steve Luikart, often a dissenting voice on some of the board’s more contentious issues, said Wednesday he will ...
Published: 01/11/18
Excellence in Education: Hillsborough school district celebrates best

Excellence in Education: Hillsborough school district celebrates best

Teacher of the YearBonnie BresnyanLewis ElementaryBresnyan has taught for 31 years, 20 of those in Hillsborough County, and currently serves Lewis as an ESE specialist. Her accomplishments include National Board Certification, 2006-07 Ida S. Baker Di...
Published: 01/10/18
Updated: 01/14/18
District: Michael and Kimberly Hoskinson will return to Coleman Middle and Plant High School

District: Michael and Kimberly Hoskinson will return to Coleman Middle and Plant High School

TAMPA — Educators Michael and Kimberly Hoskinson, who were accused in November of child abuse but later cleared of wrongdoing, will return to their jobs in the Hillsborough County Public Schools.The school district announced their reinstatement on We...
Published: 01/10/18
A first: Graduation rate tops 80 percent for all four Tampa Bay area school districts

A first: Graduation rate tops 80 percent for all four Tampa Bay area school districts

Graduation rates in Florida and the Tampa Bay area continued their steady rise last year, with three local school districts surpassing the state average and all four of them reporting rates over 80 percent. The latter statistic provided something of ...
Published: 01/10/18
When a school survey gets personal, the superintendent steps in

When a school survey gets personal, the superintendent steps in

TRINITY — Students returning to classes at Pasco County’s Mitchell High School on Tuesday were greeted with a survey asking them, among other things, whether they were more attracted to others of the same gender, the opposite gender, both or neither....
Published: 01/09/18
Updated: 01/10/18
Results are concerning as Pinellas launches plan to bridge achievement gap, but it’s early

Results are concerning as Pinellas launches plan to bridge achievement gap, but it’s early

The Pinellas County school district has released a new glimpse of how black students are faring, the first report on a new plan that aims to tackle the achievement gap by 2027.The takeaway: Black students as a group are still performing poorly on Eng...
Published: 01/09/18
Attorney: Tampa educators won’t face child abuse charges

Attorney: Tampa educators won’t face child abuse charges

TAMPA — Something bad happened at the South Tampa home of Michael and Kimberly Hoskinson at the beginning of November.But it was manipulation, not child abuse, defense attorney Richard Escobar said Monday, announcing that the couple will not face cri...
Published: 01/08/18
Updated: 01/09/18
Planning to apply for a Pinellas school ‘choice’ program? The time has come

Planning to apply for a Pinellas school ‘choice’ program? The time has come

If history is any guide, more than 20,000 applications from some 11,000 students will flow into the Pinellas County school system’s computers over the next two weeks as families seek access to choice programs.Those numbers have been fairly consistent...
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