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Tampa Bay Times Education Investigation: How Pinellas County is failing its black students

  1. Pasco will correct heavier discipline for black students


    LAND O'LAKES — Black students are twice as likely as their classmates to be suspended from Pasco County schools, and officials said Tuesday the district is using a new data system to pinpoint the problem and aggressively attack it.

    Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning says the district will address the disciplinary problems, which are “nothing we can run from.” [Times files (2012)]
  2. Tarpon Springs High principal to transfer after questions over his handling of death threat


    James Joyer, the Tarpon Springs High principal whose response to a recent death threat at the school has been questioned, is leaving for a lower post.

    James Joyer will become an assistant principal at a 
middle school.
  3. A multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids


    WASHINGTON — A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre's ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he's still paying the price of admission.

    From left, Jo Armstrong, Julie Armstrong, Skylar Armstrong, Amelia Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Westley Armstrong and Dean Anderson sit together for a game at their home in Tucson, Ariz. At 42 with a blended family of five, Nathan Anderson runs an acupuncture clinic with his wife, Julie, also an acupuncturist. Combined, their monthly student loans bills approach $1,700. "More than we spend on groceries and kind of like having a second mortgage," Nathan said. [AP photo]