Pinellas to hold another Bridging the Gap forum
The Pinellas County School District has scheduled another public forum to get feedback about its plan to close the achievement gap between black students and their classmates.
The community is invited to attend the forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Thomas Jackson Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. It's at 1000 28th St. S.
This is the district's fifth public forum in recent months about its Bridging the Gap plan. Superintendent Mike Grego introduced the plan in 2013, but it has since been updated. Bridging the Gap includes five areas in which the district wants to close the gap between black students and their classmates. Those include: graduation rates; grade-level proficiency on state exams; participation and performance in accelerated classes; disciplinary infractions; and eligibility for special education programs. (In the last two categories, black students are overrepresented.)
Four previous forums have been held at high schools, and most of the audience members have been school employees. This is the first forum held at a community center.