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Bach to Rock music school turns music lessons into a group activity in Lutz

Bach to Rock music school turns music lessons into a group activity in Lutz

LUTZ — When Rick Schmidt opens his new music school, Bach To Rock, platinum awards, autographed items and guitars from musicians with Florida connections to Florida will adorn the walls. With more than 20 years in the radio and music industry, Schmid...
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Epilogue: Ruskin E. Reddoch coached his Tarpon Springs players on and off the field

Epilogue: Ruskin E. Reddoch coached his Tarpon Springs players on and off the field

Rusty, coach, dad, grandpa and great grandpa are just a few of the names Ruskin E. Reddoch went by over his 99 years. He had just celebrated his 73rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Marjorie, days before falling ill. Mr. Reddoch died June 11. He w...
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Three with varied experience vie for Pinellas School Board District 2 seat

Three with varied experience vie for Pinellas School Board District 2 seat

Three candidates hope to land the at-large District 2 seat on the Pinellas County School Board: a parent who works in the performing arts, a middle school reading teacher and a former principal who’s served on the board since 2010.They agree on a few...
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All (yes, all) students in Hernando schools will get free breakfast and lunch through 2022

All (yes, all) students in Hernando schools will get free breakfast and lunch through 2022

BROOKSVILLE — Every student in Hernando County will have access to free breakfast and lunch at school through 2022, thanks to an unlikely helper: Hurricane Irma.The federal Community Eligibility Provision program, which offers meal assistance for sch...
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Pasco school district prepares to teach about its inner workings

Pasco school district prepares to teach about its inner workings

Hoping residents will get a better understanding of the "breadth and complexity" of the system, the Pasco County school district is preparing to launch its first Citizens Academy.Superintendent Kurt Browning and his administrative team have proposed ...
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New Hernando schools superintendent hopes to restore trust in district

New Hernando schools superintendent hopes to restore trust in district

BROOKSVILLE — As the new, temporary superintendent of Hernando County schools, John Stratton is tasked with more than running a school district. He’s putting a community back together.The firing of his former boss and predecessor Lori Romano left a w...
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Trump to rescind Obama-era guidance on affirmative action

Trump to rescind Obama-era guidance on affirmative action

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a person’s race into account to encourage diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday.The shift would give schools and universitie...
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A teacher, a bus driver, a retired cop: Meet some of Florida’s new school officers

A teacher, a bus driver, a retired cop: Meet some of Florida’s new school officers

LARGO — They came together Monday morning from different paths.A school bus driver who loves her students enough to want to protect them. A former campus security guard and father of three who has taught his children to be prepared for anything. A sc...
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In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

Times Staff WriterTAMPA — With her first campaign for state office barely off the ground, Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces an organized effort by opponents of the charter school movement to keep her out of Tallahassee.Valdes...
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It’s harder than ever to get into USF. Some worry about the downside.

It’s harder than ever to get into USF. Some worry about the downside.

TAMPA — It’s a joke among some alumni: No way would I get into the University of South Florida today. Not with USF’s shiny new rankings and growing clout as a college destination. Not with its rising GPA and SAT averages. And especially not now, as t...
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