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

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  1. Florida lawmakers consider bills to protect for-profit college students

    State Roundup

    After a year of repeated for-profit college scandals — including the recent closure of Dade Medical College — Florida lawmakers are poised to consider new, tougher rules governing the schools.

    Dade Medical College's campus in Hollywood. [Dade Medical College]
  2. As Hillsborough's first 'priority' school, Sligh Middle hopes to be a model


    TAMPA — Things were so tense the night the Hillsborough County School Board named Shellie Blackwood- Green as Sligh Middle School's new principal, her 9-year-old son asked if the teachers even liked her.

    It made no difference.

    Eighth-grader Duane Lynn sits with his classmates during an assembly at Sligh Middle School in Tampa on Nov. 9. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  3. Some districts halt school testing for a third day, citing little confidence in state fixes


    TAMPA — Some schools continued to report problems with computerized state tests on Tuesday, prompting at least three superintendents to shut down testing for a third consecutive day.