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A review released this month by the Florida Department of Education found that students enrolled in five struggling elementary schools in south St. Petersburg had a larger number of inexperienced teachers than higher-performing schools. The Times wrote about the review yesterday - and revealed that issue nearly a year ago here.

As noted in the story yesterday, Superintendent Mike Grego said he believes that the number of veteran teachers has gone up in Campbell Park, Fairmount Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Melrose. Grego said today that about 26 teachers out of 230 total in the five were first-year teachers. District officials also said earlier this month that all five schools were fully staffed when school started. So far, it also appears that most of the newly hired teachers are staying.

According to the school district, only four teachers have quit since school started earlier this month, with two leaving at Lakewood and two leaving at Melrose.

It's extremely early in the year, of course, and The Gradebook will be keeping tabs on this issue.

*Correction: This post incorrectly stated the total number of instructional staff at the five schools. It is 230.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:02pm]


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