Pinellas School Board members no longer will be listed as official supporters of an effort by the Pinellas Education Foundation to reform the county's school system.
Board members Nancy Bostock, Mary Brown, Jane Gallucci and Peggy O'Shea had endorsed the foundation's recent "white paper" calling for decentralizing the system and giving schools more autonomy. But concerns over appearances prompted board attorney Jim Robinson to request that their names be removed.
According to board members, the concerns included the fact that the foundation's white paper takes the district to task over Pinellas' graduation rate and the gap in performance between white and minority students — issues in a lawsuit by black residents.
The board members' names were removed this week from the Web site StudentsFirstPinellas.org. The foundation started the site to rally support in its push for more urgency over the achievement gap and the graduation rate, which is 67 percent — below the state average.
Three board members have not endorsed the white paper.