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MaryEllen Elia wants to delay the effects of the new tests.

Florida Board of Education hears more worries about new school testing

TAMPA — Florida school districts are ill-prepared to administer state tests this spring and should get a one-year respite from school grades, Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the state Board of Education on Monday. Her comments reflect what other Florida superintendents have been saying …

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  1. MacDill charter school group withdraws its bid

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    TAMPA — Plans have been scrubbed to build a charter school at MacDill Air Force Base, a leader of the charter group told the Hillsborough County school district Monday.

  2. Florida Board of Education hears more worries about new school testing

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    TAMPA — Florida school districts are ill-prepared to administer state tests this spring and should get a one-year respite from school grades, Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the state Board of Education on Monday.

    MaryEllen Elia wants to delay the effects of the new tests.
  3. When all else fails, parents of special-needs students turn to social media

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    TAMPA — A chance meeting in a Sarasota restaurant put Amanda Taylor, the mother of a special-needs student, in touch with activist Jon Singer.

  4. John Hopkins dance teacher finds purpose in helping children

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    The power was shut off almost every month, but he'd take out his flashlight and play tag, and so by Tai White's estimation there were much worse things about growing up poor in St. Petersburg. If only his parents had touched more, and his mother hadn't thrown that book, maybe his father wouldn't have left. At 10 years …

    Dance instructor Tai White, 28, helps 12-year-old Raven Anderson get into the proper position Friday morning during an instruction period at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg.
  5. MacDill school charter plan might be dropped before Tuesday, Hillsborough official says

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    TAMPA — The proposal for a charter school at MacDill Air Force Base might not be considered Tuesday after all, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

  6. In search for president, FSU paid $160,000 for consultants

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — The controversial and at-times muddled search for a new president of Florida State University includes an expected tab of about $160,000 for consultants.

    Influential state Sen. John Thrasher, the odds-on favorite, was offered the Florida State University president's position on Tuesday. [Times files]
  7. New school district academy aims to help parents help their children

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    Over the summer, the Hernando County School District trained a group of facilitators, adding a layer of support for parents of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program is called the Parent Academy of Hernando, and all parents are welcome to attend.

  8. Kurt Browning rejects complaint over teachers' group training time

    Teachers

    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County teachers might not all like collaborative planning with professional learning communities.