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Tampa Bay Times Education Investigation: How Pinellas County is failing its black students

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  1. DeWitt: Nature Coast's DeShawn Smith among the best in high school football history


    The numbers are so big, you figure they must be misprints.

    Sharks running back Deshawn Smith (4) broke the  statesingle-season rushing touchdown record. The Zephyrhills Bulldogs traveled to Brockville to play the Nature Coast Sharks in Football on Friday evening, November 14, 2015. The Sharks defeated the Bulldogs 42-14.
DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  2. John Romano: Time to correct the voters' mistake


    Let's talk about the time Florida voters screwed up.

    Florida's Old and New Capitol can be seen looking west along Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee in 2014. A bill in the Florida House aims to return power -- and accountability -- on education matters to an elected education commissioner. [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  3. As Hillsborough's first 'priority' school, Sligh Middle hopes to be a model


    TAMPA — Things were so tense the night the Hillsborough County School Board named Shellie Blackwood- Green as Sligh Middle School's new principal, her 9-year-old son asked if the teachers even liked her.

    It made no difference.

    Eighth-grader Duane Lynn sits with his classmates during an assembly at Sligh Middle School in Tampa on Nov. 9. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]