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Ex-superintendent's appeal forces Hernando school board to ask itself: Was it right to fire her?

Ex-superintendent's appeal forces Hernando school board to ask itself: Was it right to fire her?

Ousted Hernando County schools superintendent Lori Romano returned Wednesday morning to the school district office, this time for an appeal on her firing in June. Her attorney demanded the school board rescind the firing, while the board's outside at...
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Off state's watch list, West Zephyrhills Elementary aims to stay off

Off state's watch list, West Zephyrhills Elementary aims to stay off

ZEHPYRHILLS - Stephanie Bacot raised her voice above the din of West Zephyrhills Elementary first-graders arriving for the start of classes on a recent Wednesday."It's time for WIN!" Bacot announced, as she projected a writing prompt questi...
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Guilty verdict for man who defrauded Newpoint charter schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough

Guilty verdict for man who defrauded Newpoint charter schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough

The founder of a company that operated charter schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough and five other Florida counties was found guilty late Thursday of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts.After three weeks of testim...
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Pasco-Hernando State College dedicates Spring Hill conference center to cardiologist, trustee Musunuru

Pasco-Hernando State College dedicates Spring Hill conference center to cardiologist, trustee Musunuru

SPRING HILL - Pasco-Hernando State College last week dedicated its Spring Hill campus conference center to cardiologist and longtime college trustee Rao Musunuru.Musunuru, who has practiced cardiology in the area since 1981, has been on the board of ...
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Hernando student representative takes school board dais

Hernando student representative takes school board dais

During the 2011-12 school year, then Springstead senior Tori Selby was elected the first student representative to the Hernando County School Board. It was an invaluable experience for Selby, and she served as a voice for Hernando County students.A f...
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Ron DeSantis and others want to put the Constitution ‘back’ in Florida schools. It’s already there.

Ron DeSantis and others want to put the Constitution ‘back’ in Florida schools. It’s already there.

Dawn Brown cued up a Discovery video about the 1689 English Bill of Rights, and told her seventh-grade civics students to pay close attention to the details."This is where the ideas for our Bill of Rights came from," Brown said, referring to the firs...
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Pasco school notes for Oct. 5

CalendarOct. 12: End of first grading quarter.Oct. 15: Teacher planning day. No school for students.Oct. 23: Report cardsBriefsBelle of the Ball Project will provide free homecoming dresses and accessories to in-need high school girls from 10 a.m. to...
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How Hillsborough’s school air conditioning crisis got so bad

How Hillsborough’s school air conditioning crisis got so bad

Jim Dieringer took a call from a Sickles High parent whose son came home sopping wet after a day in class with no air conditioning.The school, just 21 years old, had reported dozens of cooling problems since the year began. The mom asked Dieringer, t...
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Florida teacher says she was fired for refusing to give credit

Florida teacher says she was fired for refusing to give credit

PORT ST. LUCIE - A Florida history teacher says she was fired for refusing to give half-credit to students who didn't turn in their assignments.Diane Tirado says her school along Florida's Treasure Coast had a "no zero" policy, requiring te...
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New Pasco Middle School principal sent in to improve climate, provide leadership

Plagued with low staff morale, Pasco Middle School got a new principal Sept. 21 who was charged with improving the climate of the Dade City campus.Danielle "Dee Dee" Johnson, principal of Wesley Chapel High since early 2017, was appointed t...
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