Education

LARA CERRI | Times (2004)

Column: Some fear Charles Koch's influence damages FSU's integrity

It's not quite a fair fight. Or even a practical fight. In this corner, you have businessman Charles Koch. He's the one with billions of dollars in the vault and presidential hopefuls on the line. He essentially wants to buy influence at Florida State University by offering the school sizable chunks of grant money. …

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  1. The art of the 'promposal': Go big or go alone (w/video)

    Human Interest

    By LANE DeGREGORY

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG

    He skipped his last class Thursday, raced up three flights of stairs at the back of his high school, into room 302, where he had stashed the flowers and his fishing pole.

    Caroline Krueger, 18, of St. Petersburg, a senior at St. Petersburg High School, gets a kiss from her friend, Ryan Anderson, 17, of St. Petersburg, a junior at the school, on Thursday after saying “yes.”
  2. Pinellas schools cutting special-needs associates

    K12

    At a recent meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, Lisa Grant sat down to give a presentation on the education of students with disabilities.

  3. Column: Some fear Charles Koch's influence damages FSU's integrity

    College

    It's not quite a fair fight. Or even a practical fight.

  1. Public magnet, fundamental and career programs

    K12

    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

    K12

    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

    K12

    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

    K12

    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.