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There were many questions, but not so many answers at Tuesday morning's Hillsborough County School Board workshop on the budget.
Board members wanted to know about teacher turnover. Is it still as low as it was in the heyday of Gates? How does it differ from school to school? From black teacher to white teacher?
Human Resources chief Stephanie Woodford has promised to get back to the members with a report that answers all these questions.
Members wanted to know about reading programs. What is the district doing that is better than keeping 38 schools open an extra hour every day, as the state has ordered them to do?
Staff is pulling together a report that, among other things, board members can use in their conversations with lawmakers.
There were questions about the Gibson efficiency report -- which of the recommendations is the district following, or at least considering -- and the past year's cost-cutting efforts in general. And April Griffin wanted to know about administrators on special assignment. How many principals, she asked, have been shunted into "cushy," high-paid jobs after they were removed from their schools? She's asked that question before, she said. She believes that by ending this practice -- specifically, having them work as assistant principals and earn their way back to the top jobs -- the district can save money.
The Tampa Bay Times, under the public records law, has asked to be copied on all of this information.