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A third-grader draws on her iPad during art class at Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg in January. It was part of a traveling arts lab.DIRK SHADD | Times

Holding students back in earliest grades a challenge due to Florida law

At Maximo Elementary, "where learning is our business," nearly half of kindergarten students show up unprepared for school. It's day one and they're already behind. Some catch up and some don't. But last year no one got held back before third grade. At some of the lowest-performing schools in Pinellas County, where …

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  1. Hillsborough aims to improve life for school bus drivers with training, raises and new buses

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    TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School.

  2. Holding students back in earliest grades a challenge due to Florida law

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    At Maximo Elementary, "where learning is our business," nearly half of kindergarten students show up unprepared for school. It's day one and they're already behind.

    A third-grader draws on her iPad during art class at Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg in January. It was part of a traveling arts lab.
  3. Questions and answers with Hillsborough's new school bus chief

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    Jim Beekman, 53, just wrapped up his first week as the head of transportation for the Hillsborough County School District. He has read some, but not all of the media reports about last year's worker complaints. He has ideas for fixing the driver shortage and says kids are far safer on a bus than in their parents' cars. …

  4. Kemple attacks Snively's Republican, conservative credentials in School Board race

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    TAMPA — Seeking to round up every last conservative vote in his bid for a Hillsborough County School Board seat, Terry Kemple has issued a point-by-point comparison that shows he is farther to the right than insurance agent Melissa Snively, his opponent in District 4.

    Melissa Snively was a Democrat, then changed parties in 2012.
  5. State, federal government wrestle over testing for students learning English

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    In just four days last week, 10 new families enrolled their children at Leto High School, in Hillsborough County's heavily Hispanic Town 'N Country community.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, and Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, meet with children before a news conference at a Miami school in August. Scott and Carvalho are asking the U.S. Department of Education not to hold Florida schools and teachers accountable for English language learners until after two years of instruction
  6. New computer program points Pinellas students to careers that fit

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Before he took the career test, Gibbs High School junior Ian Moss was certain of three things: he liked math, sports and playing guitar.

    Gibbs High students, from left, Sheldon Steele, 16, Jermaine Robinson, 17, and Ian Moss, 17, use the Future Plans lab. The online test for juniors and seniors analyzes students’ personality, aptitude and values before presenting them with a list of high-demand careers that fit their profile.
  7. Former Zephyrhills High principal's teaching license permanently revoked

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    Former Zephyrhills High School principal Steve Van Gorden's two-year effort to return to schools ended in denial Friday.

  8. New program to help Pinellas high school students with career decisions

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Education Foundation, in partnership with Pinellas County Schools and the Helios Education Foundation, on Thursday unveiled a third career development program for district students, this one geared toward high school kids.