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First-grade teacher Amanda Johnson instructs student Alyse Wilson, 6, in mathematics. The class is aided by Smart Board technology. Johnson was recently nominated for Pinellas County’s Outstanding Educator award.SCOTT KEELER | TIMES

Once an under-performing school, Sanderlin K-8 is a hit with Pinellas parents

ST. PETERSBURG Rumors had been swirling that people would start arriving before dawn, so R.J. Garbowicz packed a lawn chair and an iPad for the long night ahead. ¶ He showed up after midnight, securing the first spot in line. At 3 a.m., another person arrived. By 6 a.m., 20 people sat in lawn chairs, many with cool …

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  1. Once an under-performing school, Sanderlin K-8 is a hit with Pinellas parents

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    Rumors had been swirling that people would start arriving before dawn, so R.J. Garbowicz packed a lawn chair and an iPad for the long night ahead. ¶ He showed up after midnight, securing the first spot in line. At 3 a.m., another person arrived. By 6 a.m., 20 people sat in lawn chairs, many …

    First-grade teacher Amanda Johnson instructs student Alyse Wilson, 6, in mathematics. The class is aided by Smart Board technology. Johnson was recently nominated for Pinellas County’s Outstanding Educator award.
  2. Measuring Pinellas high schools

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    The Florida Department of Education last week released graduation rates and grades for high schools. No school in the county improved its grade, the result of the state's decision to raise the scoring bar. More notable were graduation rates. Countywide, Pinellas saw the largest increase in the Tampa Bay region, moving …

  3. Feds relent in standoff over testing students still learning English

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    Federal education officials have backed down in a dispute with Florida over how the state should test thousands of new students who are still learning English in public schools.

  4. Florida says it will review standardized testing in schools

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    Florida education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Monday that her department would conduct an examination of standardized testing in public schools, following months of criticism from school boards, teachers and parents across the state.

    Florida education chief Pam Stewart is gathering information from school districts.
  5. Using Gates money, Pinellas schools plan a shift toward 'personalized' learning

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    The Pinellas school system is planning to restructure its classrooms to meet students' individual interests, beginning with a handful of secondary schools but eventually refiguring the entire district.

    Lealman Intermediate, an alternative school in St. Petersburg, will reopen as Lealman Innovation Academy and accept districtwide applications for grades 6 through 12.
  6. Hillsborough's school bus system improving, but too slowly for critics

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    TAMPA — The questions came fast and furious. What if a school bus driver let a wheelchair fall backward, but no child was injured? Should the driver be fired on the spot?

  7. Improved Cuban relations could be a boon for academia in Florida

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    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.

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

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    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.