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School bus driver Anna Brown writes down techniques for correcting student behavior Monday during a transportation training day at Tampa Bay Technical High. More than 1,000 transportation employees met for the sessions at two locations.JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia promised an auditorium full of drivers that, subject to a School Board vote, they will all get pay raises. New transportation general manager Jim Beekman spoke o …

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  1. Pinellas to try Spanish 'academies' at some elementary schools

    K12

    LARGO — Children will learn Spanish outside of the regular school day as part of a pilot program to begin soon in Pinellas County Schools.

  2. Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

    K12

    TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School.

    School bus driver Anna Brown writes down techniques for correcting student behavior Monday during a transportation training day at Tampa Bay Technical High. More than 1,000 transportation employees met for the sessions at two locations.
  3. Holding students back in earliest grades a challenge due to Florida law

    K12

    At Maximo Elementary, "where learning is our business," nearly half of kindergarten students show up unprepared for school. It's day one and they're already behind.

    A third-grader draws on her iPad during art class at Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg in January. It was part of a traveling arts lab.
  4. Questions and answers with Hillsborough's new school bus chief

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    Jim Beekman, 53, just wrapped up his first week as the head of transportation for the Hillsborough County School District. He has read some, but not all of the media reports about last year's worker complaints. He has ideas for fixing the driver shortage and says kids are far safer on a bus than in their parents' cars. …

  5. Kemple attacks Snively's Republican, conservative credentials in School Board race

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    TAMPA — Seeking to round up every last conservative vote in his bid for a Hillsborough County School Board seat, Terry Kemple has issued a point-by-point comparison that shows he is farther to the right than insurance agent Melissa Snively, his opponent in District 4.

    Melissa Snively was a Democrat, then changed parties in 2012.
  6. State, federal government wrestle over testing for students learning English

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    In just four days last week, 10 new families enrolled their children at Leto High School, in Hillsborough County's heavily Hispanic Town 'N Country community.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, meet with children before a news conference at a Miami school in August. Scott and Carvalho are asking the U.S. Department of Education not to hold Florida schools and teachers accountable for English language learners until after two years of instruction
  7. New computer program points Pinellas students to careers that fit

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG — Before he took the career test, Gibbs High School junior Ian Moss was certain of three things: he liked math, sports and playing guitar.

    Gibbs High students, from left, Sheldon Steele, 16, Jermaine Robinson, 17, and Ian Moss, 17, use the Future Plans lab. The online test for juniors and seniors analyzes students’ personality, aptitude and values before presenting them with a list of high-demand careers that fit their profile.
  8. Former Zephyrhills High principal's teaching license permanently revoked

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    Former Zephyrhills High School principal Steve Van Gorden's two-year effort to return to schools ended in denial Friday.