Buckle up, Pinellas parents, schools are in for a bumpy ride
It's breath-taking, the amount of change coming to the Pinellas County school system this year. It's the same sick feeling I had watching that monster Hurricane Katrina inch toward the Gulf Coast. Like that storm, this plan to close schools, change zones, eliminate grandfathered busing and combine fundamental middle schools is big, painful and probably unavoidable considering the budget picture. It's stunning the shear magnitude of tens of thousands of students shuffling around. And in reality, this puts every family with kids in a regular Pinellas elementary school on notice that their children could be moved to a different school next year.
Still, some parents are lobbying hard and considering a lawsuit. Our friends over at The Gradebook blog have compiled this list of questions and answers about what's going on so far and helpful links about the plan and the budget picture. They are all over this story over there, so stay tuned. And tell us what you are thinking and if you have made any plans about what to do.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne