Education

MaryEllen Elia openly acknowl­edges the hurdles that await with Florida Standards.

Superintendent's road show explains Florida's "Common Core"

RUSKIN — The crowd includes a military mom who just moved from the West Coast, an anxious mom whose kids are getting a lot of writing assignments and a retired teacher with questions from the Internet about an educational movement called Common Core. It has been raining buckets. But guests have filled all 160 seats …

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  1. Pinellas School Board welcomes magnet proposal, but has questions

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    LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members generally supported a plan to significantly increase the number of new magnet schools in the district, offering only a few criticisms at a board workshop today.

  2. Brooksville middle school lands band instructor, keeping program alive

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    BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School has a new band director.

  3. Charter school growth means $12 million less for Hillsborough school district

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    TAMPA — The continued exodus of public school children for publicly funded charters is not expected to end, and it has some Hillsborough County school district officials concerned.

  4. Voters in one School Board race face a choice: A seventh term or a new face?

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Linda Lerner is here, at Maximo Elementary, one of the lowest-achieving schools in the state. She is going from classroom to classroom. She is looking at penguins cut out of paper. She is looking at a boy wrapped in a blanket. She is watching little girls dance on a rug, and she is starting to …

    Maureen Ahern and her husband, state Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, put up a campaign sign for of Ulmerton Road near the Feather Sound area of St. Petersburg
  5. Superintendent's road show explains Florida's "Common Core"

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    RUSKIN — The crowd includes a military mom who just moved from the West Coast, an anxious mom whose kids are getting a lot of writing assignments and a retired teacher with questions from the Internet about an educational movement called Common Core.

    MaryEllen Elia openly acknowl­edges the hurdles that await with Florida Standards.
  6. Back to school, and the golden rule

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    SCOTT KEELER | Times

    Cheryl A. Thomas of Largo, a lead bus driver and trainer for Pinellas County schools, boxes school supplies Friday at Fidelity Information Services in St. Petersburg during the 2014 Stuff the Bus Campaign kickoff. FIS employees collected school supplies for the event, which benefits low-income …

     Cheryl A. Thomas, Largo, a lead bus driver and trainer, Pinellas County Schools,  boxes school supplies on a Pinellas County School bus, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Fidelity National Information Services, St. Petersburg, to kickoff the 2014 Stuff the Bus Campaign. Employees from FIS collected school supplies for the drive. The effort is aimed to help 11 percent of Pinellas families who live a the poverty level and the more than 2,100 children who are homeless in Pinellas County. The campaign is sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, The Pinellas County Council of PTA's, Pinellas County Schools, and local businesses.
  7. Special needs aides to fill in where needed as Pinellas shifts them away from classrooms

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    More than 100 aides who are trained to help teachers in special-needs classrooms will instead do clerical work or assist in other Pinellas County classrooms this fall, part of a special education reorganization that has not gone as planned.

  8. AP scores improve in Hernando but still below averages

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    BROOKSVILLE — Results on Advanced Placement tests improved slightly this year in the Hernando County School District, with increases in both the passing percentage and the number of students who took the exams.