Education

Sen. Jack Latvala has a plan to save the immigrant tuition bill.

Sen. Jack Latvala works to keep immigrant tuition bill alive

TALLAHASSEE — A procedural maneuver could save a bill seeking to grant in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. Last week, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, announced that his committee would not hear the proposal, weakening its chances of becoming law. But on Monday,  …

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  1. FCAT testing resumes after computer glitches fixed

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    Florida schools returned to computerized FCAT testing on Wednesday after receiving word from the state that the systems were again running properly.

  2. New shuttle makes commute easier, safer for Middleton High students

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    TAMPA — The first shuttle pulled out of the low at Meridian Pointe Apartments about five minutes before 7 a.m., just as 16-year-old Elijah Collins came jogging behind it.

  3. School bus chief resigns in Hillsborough County

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    TAMPA — John Franklin, the chief of Hillsborough County's troubled school bus system, has resigned.

  1. Public magnet, fundamental and career programs

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    Magnet programs

    The Pinellas County School District offers a number of magnet programs with specialized curriculums. Generally these programs are open to students countywide, but some are open only to students in certain application areas. Some programs have special entrance criteria and eligibility …

    Bay Point Middle School eighth-grader Chris Seddio, 13, plays with other members of the school’s band during a discovery night in December.
  2. Applying for magnet, fundamental or career program? Here are tips

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    It's that time of year again. • Time for school tours, discovery nights and poring over test data, all with the desperate hope of getting your student into the right school. To help you through what can be a stressful process, we've compiled a list of basic and advanced tips.

    The basics

    Chamber orchestra students perform last month on a discovery night for the Tarpon Springs Middle School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts. From left are Celina Lawson, Madeleine McCreary, Isabelle Lebron, Nomikos Skoutelis, Olivia Stokely, Shania Eazer, George Sullivan and Anya Reinhard. In addition to the arts, the new program will focus on leadership and character education.
  3. School vouchers are an option for more Pinellas families

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    Florida's tax-credit scholarship program is becoming an option for an increasing number of families in Pinellas and throughout the state. The program, which aims to give low-income families a broader choice of schools, continues to report tremendous growth.

  4. Public schools: Application for special programs begins Wednesday

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    In three days, the Pinellas County school system will start accepting applications for special programs for the 2014-15 academic year. The offerings include magnet, fundamental and high school career programs. The district refers to these as "application programs."

    Makayla Cole, 5, and her mother, Anita Cole, attend a discovery night at Jamerson Elementary in St. Petersburg in December.
  5. Some private schools can offer tuition aid for families

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    Choosing a school for your child can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — and your wallet. But don't rule out a private school education straightaway: Leaders say they make a point to eye the economy when setting tuition, and always try to offer financial assistance to promising students.

  6. Pinellas County private schools

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    Private schools in Pinellas County

  7. Be in the know when approaching your search for schools

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    Welcome to the 18th annual edition of School Search. Our goal is to help Pinellas families with the important task of choosing the right school for their children in this season when schools begin to seek new students for the 2014-15 academic year.

    At a discovery night last month at 
Bay Point Middle School in St. Petersburg, John Gehm holds 
2-week-old 
son Nixon while looking at world history projects with wife Han Ly and their two sons, Kevin, 11, and Kyle, 7, along with Benjamin Nguyen, 11.