Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

Hooper: Educating public about Florida Standards is a wise move

Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia deserves kudos for convening parents concerned about the new Florida Standards.

According to a report by Tampa Bay Times staff writer Marlene Sokol, Elia helped ease the worry of those at a recent meeting in Ruskin.

The superintendent is not without her critics and the district is not without its flaws, but in a competitive world of charter and private schools and the legislature's wrong-headed attempt to expand vouchers, I'm glad Elia recognizes the need to promote the system's positives and assuage concerns. The competitive market requires no less.

School Board accountability remains a key when it comes to Elia's performance, but I hope all involved realize the focus needs to be on collaborative solutions, not debilitating in-fighting. …

If St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman bypasses all four police chief finalists, he still may end up making the right hire. But the bungled process surely will draw criticism. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Have A Blackbelt In Awesome. …

State leaders need to make a decision about unaccompanied Central American refugee children being temporarily housed and processed in Florida based on concrete facts, not unfounded allegations and speculative inquiries designed only to raise fear and anger. …

Kristen Hare will stage a signing for her new book 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Oxford Exchange. It's a fun and informative read for long-time residents and visitors. My favorite entry is about Oaklawn Cemetery.

Let me add that the book's foreword — written by a certain local columnist — is awesome.

That's all I'm saying.

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Buchanan Middle aide used Instagram to seek nude photos, sex from students, deputies say

Buchanan Middle aide used Instagram to seek nude photos, sex from students, deputies say

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Editorial: Tax cuts arenít worth harm to Tampa Bay

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As congressional negotiators hammer out the details on an enormous, unnecessary tax cut, the potential negative impact on Tampa Bay and Florida is becoming clearer. The harmful consequences stretch far beyond adding more than $1.4 trillion to the fed...
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Tampa Bayís mortgage delinquency rate crept up in December

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Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

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Paddling on the heels of the last supermoon of 2017, Phil Hughes navigated an uncommonly low tide off Dunedin through St. Joseph Sound on an effortless but lengthy glide.This is not easy water, nor an easy paddle, and could be especially daunting for...
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Nickoís Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

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