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Fewer Florida high schools get A's, but graduation rates inch higher

The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria. The state's graduation rate, meanwhile, inched u …

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East Bay High School students protest the proposed attendance boundary changes that would send some classmates to other high schools. The girls aren't affected by the proposed changes but say many of their friends will be impacted. The girls carried signs to a recent parent meeting at East Bay High on the proposed changes. Pictured, left to right, are: Megan Cooper, Emily Anderson, Justice Bulerin and Valeria Castaneda. The school district says growth in southern Hillsborough County may lead them to adjust attendance boundaries. Photo by Monica Bennett.

SouthShore parents, students fret about proposed high school boundary changes

Chase Spencer is relishing a perfect freshman year at East Bay High School. He posts good grades and joined two sports teams. He's also making friends and close bonds. When he booted his first soccer goal for the Indians, the team celebrated by carrying him on their shoulders. The brotherly act made his parents cry …

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  1. Hillsborough's school bus system improving, but too slowly for critics

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    TAMPA — The questions came fast and furious. What if a school bus driver let a wheelchair fall backward, but no child was injured? Should the driver be fired on the spot?

  2. Improved Cuban relations could be a boon for academia in Florida

    College

    Years ago, state universities in Florida could easily send students to Cuba for academic research or bring Cuban intellectuals and cultural figures to the United States for special events.

  3. Middleton's journey back to '64 team builds bridge to present

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    TAMPA — The celebration overwhelmed the old players who spent all evening reminiscing about their glory days.

    Members of the 1964 state basketball championship team Robert Blount Sr., 67, left, and Charles Hill, 67, and Middleton principal Kim Moore hold new trophies made after the original was destroyed by fire in 1967.
  4. SouthShore parents, students fret about proposed high school boundary changes

    K12

    Chase Spencer is relishing a perfect freshman year at East Bay High School.

    East Bay High School students protest the proposed attendance boundary changes that would send some classmates to other high schools. The girls aren't affected by the proposed changes but say many of their friends will be impacted. The girls carried signs to a recent parent meeting at East Bay High on the proposed changes. Pictured, left to right, are: Megan Cooper, Emily Anderson, Justice Bulerin and Valeria Castaneda. The school district says growth in southern Hillsborough County may lead them to adjust attendance boundaries.
  5. As Hernando schools contemplate failed sales tax, five counties offer lessons

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County school officials told voters this fall that they planned to devote about three-fourths of their share of the Penny for Projects sales tax revenue to technology, mostly new computerized tablets.

  6. Fewer Florida high schools get A's, but graduation rates inch higher

    K12

    The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria.

  7. Pasco residents play Santa in providing holiday gifts to needy children

    K12

    Christmas came early this year for the Head Start prekindergarten students at Hudson Elementary School.

    Santa Claus, along with some helpers from the Summertree Ladies Golf League, delivered personally selected, wrapped gifts for Head Start students at Hudson Elementary School.
  8. Pasco school notes: Sanders Memorial magnet school accepting applications

    K12

    Calendar

    • Winter break, Dec. 22-Jan. 2.

    • Teacher planning day, Jan. 5. No school for students.

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