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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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A 2013 assembly at historic Booker T. Washington Elementary School. While it's located in the middle of an attractive stadium site, school officials say such a move would draw opposition.

Community leader wants transparency in redevelopment talks that affect Tampa's urban schools

Leaders of Tampa's black community are concerned about speculation that one or more urban schools could be razed for a baseball stadium. Pete Edwards, speaking on behalf of himself and others who are reluctant to come forward, called on the Hillsborough County school district to be transparent about conversations c …

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  1. 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.

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

    K12

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

    Theater/Music/Art

  8. Spring Hill Elementary students learn the importance of hand hygiene

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    In the classroom

    SPRING HILL — Biscuit is a big, lumbering, brown dog that has a way of delighting children with his antics. Children seem to find it hilarious that Biscuit might have taken a drink from a toilet. Who wouldn't?

    Karl Klein (a.k.a. Biscuit the dog) and Holly Garcia of the Symmetry hand hygiene company, give a presentation to Spring Hill students.