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Mike Grego, Pinellas County school superintendent, says hiring substitutes as co-teachers in elementary and high schools was less disruptive to students than the alternative — hiring new teachers and splitting up classes.

Despite state law, Pinellas presses ahead with class size fix

LARGO — Florida law is clear about what should happen when two teachers share a classroom. To comply with the state's class size mandate, co-teachers must have equal responsibility for planning, teaching and grading students in the same class. But that wasn't the message that Pinellas school officials sent when the …

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  1. Calvin Hunsinger School teacher wins state award

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    Hunsinger teacher wins state award

    Mary Canning, a high school social studies and reading teacher at Calvin Hunsinger School, was named the Florida Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Marjorie Crick Teacher of the Year. The announcement came this month at the council's state conference in Orlando. Canning will …

  2. Lightning's youth development program scores at Centennial Middle School

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    Jay Feaster still smiles about the scene he witnessed at Centennial Middle School.

    Tampa Bay Lightning alumni Jassen Cullimore and Jay Feaster, corner right, executive director of hockey development for the Tampa Lightning, pump up students during a recent visit to Centennial Middle School in Dade City.
  3. Investigation reveals scope of academic fraud at UNC

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    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina.

    University of North Carolina president Tom Ross, left, and  chancellor Carol Folt talk during a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday. The board gathered to discuss the results of an independent investigation of past academic irregularities. [Associated Press]
  4. Despite state law, Pinellas presses ahead with class size fix

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    LARGO — Florida law is clear about what should happen when two teachers share a classroom.

    Mike Grego, Pinellas County school superintendent, says hiring substitutes as co-teachers in elementary and high schools was less disruptive to students than the alternative — hiring new teachers and splitting up classes.
  5. Schools have a new forbidden term: 'drop out'

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    The Pinellas County school system would like to stop saying "drop out."

  6. Poynter Institute will host African journalists denied by USF St. Petersburg

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of African journalists whose visit to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was canceled because of Ebola fears has found another host.

  7. Pinellas to try Spanish 'academies' at some elementary schools

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    LARGO — Children will learn Spanish outside of the regular school day as part of a pilot program to begin soon in Pinellas County Schools.

  8. Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

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    TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School.

    School bus driver Anna Brown writes down techniques for correcting student behavior Monday during a transportation training day at Tampa Bay Technical High. More than 1,000 transportation employees met for the sessions at two locations.