Monday, April 23, 2018
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Top 5 at noon: CareerSource centers took credit for hires they had nothing to do with; Pasco assistant principal arrested after Homeland Security investigation; and more

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CAREERSOURCE CENTERS TOOK CREDIT FOR HIRES THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH

CareerSource Tampa Bay and its sister agency, CareerSource Pinellas, have taken credit for finding thousands of jobs for people who never registered for help, the Tampa Bay Times has found. For years, the two agencies paid staffers bonuses for getting lists from companies of everyone they hired, not just the ones CareerSource directly assisted. They used the information to create profiles for each worker that they then sent to the state as evidence of people put to work. For its investigation, the Times interviewed more than 100 people, including current and former CareerSource employees, reviewed thousands of pages of public records and analyzed a database of 126,633 job placements.

PASCO ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL ARRESTED AFTER HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATON

A Pasco County assistant principal is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail following his arrest Tuesday afternoon after a Homeland Security investigation. Kyle Ritsema, 35, an assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle/High School in Wesley Chapel, was taken into custody at his Land O’Lakes home, according to a Pasco County school district spokeswoman. He is being held without bail after his arrest by U.S. Marshals following a Homeland Security investigation on a federal rule violation, jail records show. The nature of the charge was not immediately known, although the spokeswoman said it was not tied to his work at the school. Ritsema will have a 2 p.m. hearing in federal court.

WHEN TEACHERS CHEAT, HILLSBOROUGH HAS A KNACK FOR CATCHING THEM

More than 60 teachers in Hillsborough’s public and charter schools have been caught up in plagiarism cases in the last several years, all involving the English for Speakers of Other Languages course and an algorithm the district uses to detect duplication. The reason Hillsborough is such an outlier has a lot to do with an online course that the district allows teachers to take. Nobody thinks more Hillsborough teachers are cheating. But Hillsborough has an unusually sophisticated system of finding the ones who do.

RICHARD CORCORAN’S ROLE IN SARASOTA HOUSE SEAT LOSS

With Richard Corcoran running a long-shot campaign for Florida governor while also leading the Florida House, are his own interests coming at the expense of his fellow House Republicans? As Corcoran stepped to a podium for a sanctuary cities debate, Democrats across Florida and the country were celebrating an easy victory by Democrat Margaret Good over Republican James Buchanan in a Sarasota County state House District that had been held by a Republican. To be fair, no Republican is more to blame for the loss than Donald Trump. But the buck still stops with Corcoran , Adam C. Smith writes. He’s the one setting the agenda in Tallahassee, an agenda that apparently did not appeal much to voters in that Republican-leaning swing district.

ONGOING EFFORT TO GROW GIRLS HOCKEY IN FLORIDA

There is really no way of knowing just how many girls in the Tampa Bay area were moved to try ice hockey because of Team USA’s local presence during the past five months. But Alyssa Grogan, who coaches the only two girls travel teams in the state at Florida Hospital Center Ice, said she will be adding a third team next year. And Kristen Bowness, who runs the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls hockey program, said she expects the number of girls in her program to double from the 22 she has this season. That bump may sound somewhat modest, but consider: there are just five girls-only hockey teams in the state.

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