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

  1. A multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids


    WASHINGTON — A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission.

    From left, Jo Armstrong, Julie Armstrong, Skylar Armstrong, Amelia Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Westley Armstrong and Dean Anderson sit together for a game at their home in Tucson, Ariz. At 42 with a blended family of five, Nathan Anderson runs an acupuncture clinic with his wife, Julie, also an acupuncturist. Combined, their monthly student loans bills approach $1,700. "More than we spend on groceries and kind of like having a second mortgage," Nathan said. [AP photo]
  2. School leaders urge Tampa barbers to do more than cut hair


    TAMPA — In his 28 years as a barber, Tony Williams cut the hair of men who went to jail and men who built successful businesses.

    Tony Williams, 52, cuts the hair of Yadiel Hernandez, 7, Monday at Tony’s Barbershop. Williams hopes to help young men read.
  3. North and South Pinellas college fairs introduce students to opportunities


    Two major college fairs will be held over the next few days in Pinellas County. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host the Pinellas County College Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the University Student Center. Participants will have a chance to meet with admissions professionals representing more than …