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More info on Lastinger partnership in Pinellas

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With two contracts with the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning coming before the school board Tuesday night, the district sent board members more information Friday about the project's cost and scope. We attached the three documents they received below.

One shows the projected costs for the partnership in 2011-12 (and where the money is coming from). One shows the number of participants (master's degree program and inquiry projects) at each school. And one shows how the Title II money being proposed for Lastinger in 2011-12 fits into overall Title II spending.

One quick observation: We've noted in past stories and blog posts that the two proposed contract extensions with Lastinger will cost the district $1.6 in federal grant money this year if they are approved. The cost breakdown below notes the district is proposing to spend another $589,733 of Title II money on top of that, almost all of it on teacher stipends for inquiry projects. So the total, proposed district contribution this year comes to $2.17 million.

On a related note, we asked district officials twice last week - on Monday morning, and again on Thursday morning - for any additional information about a "comprehensive evaluation plan" of the Lastinger effort in Pinellas that professional development director Lisa Grant told us the week prior was in the works. As we noted, we could get no specifics on when the plan began, when the results might be ready and what specific indicators the district would be looking at. Deputy Superintendent emailed us Saturday to say he would follow up on this Monday and give us an update by the end of the day.

[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 6:58am]

    

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