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No silver bullet in education, Grego tells Tiger Bay



With more than 30 years in education, Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego said Wednesday that there’s no “silver bullet” to improve schools.

Extra time in school, however, is important, he said. Students spend about five hours a day on instruction and are in school only 180 days a year, he said.

“We need to expand that,” he said.

Since Grego started as superintendent a year ago, the Pinellas school system has added a six-week summer program, called Summer Bridge, and an extended learning program, called Promise Time, at 28 high-poverty schools.

He touted the benefits of those programs Wednesday at a meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Grego was the invited speaker.

Grego also answered a half-dozen questions from the audience, which ranged from how he felt about the new Common Core State Standards to how to improve respect for teachers to how to ensure that students feel safe in school in an era of increased cyberbullying.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:08pm]


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