Education

Hernando County School Board member John Sweeney

Investigation of grade change for Hernando School Board member's son comes to no conclusions

BROOKSVILLE — After a nearly six-month investigation, the Hernando County School District has failed to reach a conclusion as to whether district staffers acted improperly in changing the grades of School Board member John Sweeney's son and whether any staff member released confidential student records to the publi …

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  1. Hillsborough superintendent, principal accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Education

    SKIP O'ROURKE | Times

    Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia, left, and Symmes Elementary principal Julie Hasson have ice and water poured on them for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Delivering the cold are brothers Blake, 8, right, and Bryson, 11, whose mother, Belinda Poole, has ALS. Helping are …

    Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent  MaryEllen Elia and Symmes Elementary Principal Julie Hasson have buckets of ice and water poured over them  after they took on a challenge for theALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Pouring the buckets of ice are brothers Blake, 8, (right) and Bryson, 11 Poole (left). Their mother Belinda Poole has ALS. Helping the boys are Symmes Elementary teachers Anna Rothenbush (left) and Hannah Loenichen. Elia challenged the Tampa Bay  Lightning owner. Blake attends Symmes and Byron attends Progress Village Middle School
  2. Teens volunteering at hospital makes for a win-win

    K12

    HUDSON — For some kids, high school is four years of figuring out what you want to be when you grow up — or at least what direction you'll be heading in.

    River Ridge High sophomore, Amir Hussain, 15, logged 197 hours during a summer volunteer stint at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point. He wants to become a neurosurgeon one day and saw volunteering as a way to get some experience in the medical environment.
  3. Pasco class notes

    K12

    Calendar

    • Aug. 28: Adult education graduation

    • Sept. 1: Labor Day, no school

    Art/Music/Theater

  4. Pasco teacher union leader rebuked for political speech

    Teachers

    LAND O'LAKES — The Pasco County school district has rebuked United School Employees of Pasco leader Kenny Blankenship a second time this year for inappropriate behavior.

    A Pasco bus driver complained about Kenny Blankenship.
  5. Investigation of grade change for Hernando School Board member's son comes to no conclusions

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — After a nearly six-month investigation, the Hernando County School District has failed to reach a conclusion as to whether district staffers acted improperly in changing the grades of School Board member John Sweeney's son and whether any staff member released confidential student records to the …

    Hernando County School Board member John Sweeney
  6. Pasco School Board member questions student-athlete transfer policy

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County's student-athlete transfer policy has come under fire from one of its own School Board members.

  7. Pasco school bus system on smoother course

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — Elizabeth Ford had a problem.

    Fox Hollow Elementary teacher Melissa Simpkins verifies which students belong on this bus Tuesday during dismissal. The Pasco School District has a new call center so parents can get information on bus comings and goings.
  8. Florida and feds in a showdown over when to test students still learning English

    K12

    Federal education officials have decided Florida does not know best when it comes to school accountability and English-language learners.