Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Florida education news: School choice, improvement plans, rezonings and more

SCHOOL CHOICE: The time for Tampa Bay area families to begin exploring schooling options for 2018-19 has arrived, as choice application windows open in the coming weeks and months. The options continue to grow, with expansion of charter schools, magnets, scholarship programs and more. Find more information about School Search opportunities here.

TURNAROUND PLANS: Seven Hillsborough County schools need to submit contingency improvement plans in case their test scores do not rise.

COLLEGE COSTS: Florida State University waives application fees for students who cannot afford them.

PUBLIC SHELTERS: Florida lawmakers discuss the use of charter schools as emergency hurricane shelters, as the state is poised to pay for more charters to rise.

CLASSROOM SUPPORT: Dozens of Manatee County teachers win grants from the local education foundation to help pay for things their school budgets couldn't cover, the Bradenton Herald reports.

REZONING: Some Palm Beach County parents protest proposed changes to their middle school attendance boundaries, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

LABOR NEWS: St. Johns County teachers reach a tentative contract agreement with the district, the St. Augustine Record reports.

BAD ACTS: A Palm Beach County school's former treasurer pleads guilty to falsifying records in a case related to missing school money, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A third Duval County high school student is arrested on allegations of assault against a school administrator during a pep rally, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Lake County high school student is arrested for having a BB gun on campus, the Daily Commercial reports.

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Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

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After months, no action on Hillsborough’s substitute teacher problem

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Published: 04/21/18
Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Dynasty bids farewell to Tampa with one last show

Local hip-hop artist Dynasty is on her way to Hollywood, but before she goes she will grace Tampa with one more performance.Originally from New York, Diana "Dynasty" Hardy came to Tampa in 2004 and quickly became acclimated to the area’s underground ...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Goodwill to open second store in greater Brandon

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Updated: 23 minutes ago
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

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Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

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St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
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Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 11 hours ago
N. Korea: ‘We no longer need’ nuclear or missile test

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, announced early today that his country no longer needed to test nuclear weapons or missiles and would close a nuclear test site."The nuclear test site has done its job," Kim said in an announcem...
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