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Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, argues for an education bill during session at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)  FLSC115

Florida House approves construction money for charter schools

TALLAHASSEE — Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools. The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republic …


  1. Student group wants to start food bank at USF


    TAMPA -- The hungry and sleep-deprived twenty-something, subsisting on cheap Ramen noodles and coffee, is a staple of jokes about college students.

  2. USF, Art2Action partner to fuel dialogue about Iraq War, Middle East


    Singers opened the performance with lyrics that conjured a vision of a marine sitting on the edge of a cot in an empty room of a VA medical center. He is on 72-hour hold after his most recent suicide attempt.

    Chris Trakas, from left, Lubana Al Quntar, an opera singer from Syria, and Russell Andrade perform in a recent open recital for the opera Fallujah. The show was part of an art series at USF.
  3. Academy looks to combine soccer training, school for youth players


    BRANDON — Tyler Davis has big dreams.

    Tyler Davis, 12, of the Tampa Chargers goes up for a header. He has dreams of playing professional soccer.
  4. New PHSC president's goal: nation's top community college award


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Dr. Tim Beard's head was still in the clouds 30 hours after winning trustees' nod to become Pasco-Hernando State College's fourth president.

    “I believe if you want something, you need to ask for it and you need to do it assertively. If I represent this college, I want to be at the table fighting for it.”
Dr. Tim Beard, incoming PHSC president
  5. Idea for new Springstead eagle leads to fix-up for old 'Archibald'


    SPRING HILL — One thing everybody agrees about is that the stately eagle guarding the entrance to F.W. Springstead High School is showing its age.

    The eagle known as Archibald, in front of Springstead High School, was a gift from the Class of 1980. Daniel Zutler, Class of 1981, is spearheading a private effort to replace the aging eagle.
Tampa Bay Times School Search 2015


Families get more choices as Pinellas broadens its school options

The Pinellas County School District is mostly a system of traditional neighborhood schools where students are assigned based on where they live. But you can feel a distinct shift over the p …