Education

A large number of Bay Point fourth-graders turned in math tests that were so similar as to be statistically improbable, according to a letter from the state to Pinellas school chief Mike Grego.DIRK SHADD | Times

State orders investigation of St. Petersburg school for possible FCAT cheating

The state Department of Education has ordered Pinellas County school officials to investigate possible cheating on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test at an elementary magnet school in St. Petersburg. This is the first time in the 16-year history of school grades in Florida that the department has withheld a  …

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  1. Pinellas School Board member Peggy O'Shea diagnosed with cancer

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    Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea, who is running for re-election, says she has breast cancer and expects to begin chemotherapy next week.

  2. Students allowed transfers from Hernando schools without music programs

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    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District has come up with a solution that will allow students at the two high schools that have lost music programs to continue playing and singing:

    Let them transfer.

    Nature Coast Technical High and Central High recently eliminated music programs, but students were not notified in time to request normal transfers.
  3. Class notes

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    Calendar

    Aug. 11-15: Teacher planning days

    Aug. 12: Middle and high school registration/orientation

  4. Saint Leo University earns honors as great place to work

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    ST. LEO — Saint Leo University has been named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for in a new survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  5. Hudson library program draws some kids with gross factor

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    HUDSON — Caiden Beal, wearing plastic gloves and wielding a pair of tweezers, felt like he was hitting pay dirt as he gingerly pulled another hidden treasure from the greenish-brown, musty-smelling owl pellet he was dissecting.

    Caiden Beal, 11, dips the skull of a rodent in a bowl of water while dissecting an owl pellet during a summer youth program.
  6. Five more Hillsborough teachers could be fired over missing credentials

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    TAMPA — Five more teachers face the ax in Hillsborough County, accused of failing to get the credentials they needed to instruct students who are learning English.

  7. State orders investigation of St. Petersburg school for possible FCAT cheating

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    The state Department of Education has ordered Pinellas County school officials to investigate possible cheating on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test at an elementary magnet school in St. Petersburg.

    A large number of Bay Point fourth-graders turned in math tests that were so similar as to be statistically improbable, according to a letter from the state to Pinellas school chief Mike Grego.
  8. Low-performing Pasco schools aim to add hour of reading in same class time

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    LACOOCHEE — Even before the directive arrived, principal Latoya Jordan intended to add more reading to her students' day at Lacoochee Elementary.

    John Legg