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Here’s one way to teach physics and the principle of pressure and force — a bed of nails. Adam Savage, who is settling down on the bed of nails, says he wishes more teachers had the materials to teach lessons this way. MagicSpace Entertainment

'Mythbusters' star: Bring back band, shop class if you want better test scores

In a week when Florida students were logging on to another round of standardized tests, one of the stars of Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel clearly touched a nerve. "If you want the kids' test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to ta …

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  1. Eakins negotiates $225,000, two-year contract as Hillsborough superintendent

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    TAMPA — Jeff Eakins would be paid $225,000 a year to start as superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools, according to a proposed two-year contract the School Board will consider Tuesday.

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  2. Eakins outlines changes to address problems at McLane Middle School

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    TAMPA — Hillsborough County School District officials hope to place more east Tampa middle school students at magnet schools near their homes, instead of busing them 12 miles to troubled McLane Middle School in Brandon.

    To reduce busing to McLane, Jeff Eakins wants to place more students at magnet schools.
  3. Plato charter school to open in Pinellas Park

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    PINELLAS PARK — Acreage that once held a church and was destined to become a housing complex will be the site of a new charter school.

  4. For now, Pasco plans to maintain start of 2015-16 school year on Aug. 24

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    After summer break, Pasco County schools are set to resume classes on Aug. 24 — for now.

  5. Pasco students win top honors in movie competition at Saint Leo University

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    Saint Leo University put out a challenge recently to area high school students to create professionally produced short films, blending the use of state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment with full scripts and storyboards.

    “This competition has helped open my options to explore the various ways that I can use multimedia in finance.” Trevor Bendert,  17, Sunlake High senior
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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