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Visit the Times' 2015 back-to-school edition


School chief 
Jeff Eakins was caught off guard.

Hillsborough school district has been dipping into emergency funds to cover expenses

TAMPA — In the last four years of superintendent MaryEllen Elia's administration, the Hillsborough County School District went on a spending jag, tearing through more than half of its $361 million reserve fund, officials revealed this week. Left unchecked, the pattern would have resulted in another operating defici …

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  1. Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste

    Education

    A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste.

  2. Hillsborough school district has been dipping into emergency funds to cover expenses

    K12

    TAMPA — In the last four years of superintendent MaryEllen Elia's administration, the Hillsborough County School District went on a spending jag, tearing through more than half of its $361 million reserve fund, officials revealed this week.

    School chief 
Jeff Eakins was caught off guard.
  3. Low-wage workers turn to coding to find lucrative jobs

    Human Interest

    After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter but always felt he should do more.

    Asim Jalis, center, teaches data engineering at Galvanize in San Francisco. Coding jobs pay well.
Tampa Bay Times School Search 2015

CAMERON COTTRILL | Times

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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