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Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday. The district is one of at least 120 education organizations, including the University of So …

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    K12

    Teachers in Pinellas County Schools will see another pay bump this year.

  2. Pinellas charter schools come under scrutiny

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    LARGO — The point of charter schools is to do better for students. They have the freedom to think outside the box, innovating with longer school days or years, gender-segregated classrooms and more, all in the name of providing better options for children than the traditional system can.

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    The Sydney Has a Sister Scholarship Foundation will host a silent auction fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Beef O'Brady's Wilderness Lake Preserve, 7040 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Auction items include golf packages, date nights, hotel stays, spa packages and …

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    TAMPA — Jesuit High School, looking toward a sweeping transformation of its N Himes Avenue campus, has been quietly seeking donations from its alumni, and they have come through in a big way: The school has received seven $1 million gifts in little more than a year.

  5. Students harvest sweet potatoes at Gulfside Elementary

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    HOLIDAY — It was harvest day at Gulfside Elementary School, and second- and third-grade students were mightily excited to be pulling sweet potatoes planted in the raised garden beds in May.

    Second-graders Domonic Brown, left, and Aidan Meagher, right,  harvest sweet potatoes in the school garden at Gulf Elementary in Holiday.
  6. Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

    K12

    The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday.

    A stock image of an M16 assault rifle.
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    HUDSON — The Adventures of Nate and Wendy, a new series of comedic videos designed to publicize Pasco parks, libraries and special events, all started with a hint of an idea. Or, more specifically, an acorn.

    Puppet Nate the Acorn recently starred in a video for the Hudson library with librarians Britt Dichraff, left, and Wendy Rutherford.
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    New rankings by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review rank the University of South Florida among the nation's best at teaching students to start new businesses.