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Hillsborough school families get FCAT message from Buccaneers coach Schiano



If you haven't noticed by now, this week is FCAT week in Florida schools. And district and school leaders are stressing (over-stressing?) the test's importance in any way they can think of.

The Hillsborough school district looked to get parents' attention by having Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano make a robo-call to every home in the district, urging families to take the FCAT seriously. 

Here's what he said: 

"Hi, This is Greg Schiano, head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, calling for the Hillsborough County Public Schools to remind parents of how important it is to have your children in school ready to do their best. As the Bucs head coach I know that our players are looking forward to the games so they can show what they can do. They’ve been working hard and learning from their coaches. When the season starts, it’s time to perform to the best of their ability. Well, it’s that time of year for our students. They’re taking some important tests this week. After all the hard work and all the learning, it’s time to show what they can do. I would offer students the same advice I give my players. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat right. And approach the test with confidence. You’ve worked hard. You know you’re prepared. Now it’s time to show what you can do. Good luck."

Sound message. But truthfully, our first thought was, why a football coach? Why not a prominent educator, or someone who credits his success to an education in the Hillsborough school system? 

District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe explained that the district was trying to convince the many families who see the Buccaneers as important and the new coach as a strong leader.

Sound reasoning? 

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:51am]


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