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As interest grows in opting out of state tests, Florida school districts get ready

NEW PORT RICHEY — Laura Oosse has a tough decision to make in the next few days. Her fifth-grade son gets tics and feels anxiety when facing high-stakes tests. Yet he's equally nervous about telling his teachers he won't take them. In hopes of finding some practical advice, the North Pinellas mom drove 45 minutes T …

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  1. USF St. Petersburg official resigns for mysterious reasons

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — Just last summer, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg brought in Dr. Han Reichgelt to be part of its leadership team.

    Han Reichgelt has resigned as USF St. Petersburg’s regional vice chancellor of academic affairs.
  2. As interest grows in opting out of state tests, Florida school districts get ready

    Testing

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Laura Oosse has a tough decision to make in the next few days.

  3. Hillsborough school district to enhance black history lessons

    Education

    TAMPA — Students learn a lot about the Founding Fathers, Colonial days and early American heroes such as Paul Revere.

    Under new curriculum for African and African-American history, Hillsborough students might learn more about slain civil rights activist Malcolm X, who was killed 50 years ago.
  4. Fox Chapel students help fill bags with food for families in need

    K12

    SPRING HILL — Hairnets are not considered stylish in middle school. But well over 100 students willingly donned them recently because they knew they were about to do something important.

    Fox Chapel Middle eighth-graders Destiny Harvey, 14, front right, and Samantha Miller, 14, start an assembly line for the Feeding Children Everywhere project to fill bags of food. 
  5. Two Saint Leo newspaper leaders benefited from Pasco's Take Stock in Children program

    College

    ST. LEO — As they were growing up, Jessica Miller and Autumn Murray both were deemed to be at risk. Coming from low-income families, they qualified to be part of Pasco County's Take Stock in Children program.

    Jessica Miller and Autumn Murray head the editorial and art layout staffs at Saint Leo University’s weekly newspaper.
Tampa Bay Times School Search 2015

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Families get more choices as Pinellas broadens its school options

The Pinellas County School District is mostly a system of traditional neighborhood schools where students are assigned based on where they live. But you can feel a distinct shift over the p …

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