Sunday, July 08, 2018

Education

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...
Published: 07/05/18
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...
Published: 07/03/18
Pinellas education news: USF keeping first-time students on track, and more

Pinellas education news: USF keeping first-time students on track, and more

USF St. Petersburg touts success in retaining students An effort to keep first-time college students on track at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has resulted in a 10 percentage-point increase in retention rates for that group, the scho...
Published: 07/03/18
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...
Published: 07/05/18
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...
Published: 07/05/18
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...
Published: 07/03/18
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...
Published: 07/05/18
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...
Published: 07/02/18
Updated: 07/03/18
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 ...
Published: 07/04/18
Despite job cuts, two Hillsborough school officials stay on at top pay

Despite job cuts, two Hillsborough school officials stay on at top pay

TAMPA — As it shrinks its workforce by close to 2,000 jobs to save money, the Hillsborough County School District is keeping two high-earning administrators whose positions were to be eliminated at the end of June.Wynne Tye and Larry Sykes, whose com...
Published: 06/26/18
Updated: 07/02/18