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Middleton High School senior George Seits, pictured on Friday, attends the Tampa school partly for its engineering program.EVE EDELHEIT | Times

School choice controversy ebbs as more families use it

When Maddie Miniati turned 5, her parents wanted her to start kindergarten at Carrollwood Elementary School. Her dad, Mike, attended Carrollwood once upon a time. Family friends were sending their kids there. Her grandparents lived in walking distance. Thing was, the Miniatis didn't live in the Carrollwood attendan …

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  1. USF under federal investigation for handling of rape case

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    TAMPA — The University of South Florida is under federal investigation for possibly mishandling a sexual assault case, making it the second Florida school to face scrutiny since the White House created a task force on campus rape last January.

  2. Field of applicants for PHSC president narrowed to a dozen

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — For the first time in a decade, Pasco-Hernando State College needs a new leader. And the search committee charged with finding top applicants wants to make sure they find the best match.

  3. Hernando School Board chairman: Backing sales tax is board's duty

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    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando School Board Chairman Gus Guadagnino raised the question about a possible special election for a half-cent sales tax — "Is this something we should do?" he asked Tuesday — then delivered the most definite "yes."

    Hernando School Board Chairman Gus Guadagnino thinks the measure’s prospects are favorable.
  4. Frustration with superintendent MaryEllen Elia bubbled over

    K12

    TAMPA — Surrounded by red-wearing supporters of Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia, Michael Pheneger wondered Tuesday night if School Board members would have the votes to fire her.

    The board terminated Elia’s contract with a 4-3 vote last week. Although Elia had many supporters, some parents and educators criticized her management style and welcomed her dismissal. Board members were careful not to say anything defamatory about Elia’s performance.
  5. School choice controversy ebbs as more families use it

    K12

    When Maddie Miniati turned 5, her parents wanted her to start kindergarten at Carrollwood Elementary School.

    Middleton High School senior George Seits, pictured on Friday, attends the Tampa school partly for its engineering program.
Tampa Bay Times School Search 2015

CAMERON COTTRILL | Times

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 …

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