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

  1. Pasco admits to heavier discipline for black students, vows to correct problem 'with haste'


    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.

  2. Tarpon Springs High principal to transfer after questions over his handling of threat


    James Joyer, the Tarpon Springs High principal whose actions in response to a recent death threat at the school have been questioned, is leaving his post.

  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]