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The truth about school FCAT grades, and why I'm smiling

Keep this little factoid in mind the next time someone asks about your school's FCAT grade. As the St. Petersburg Times reported last week, 60 percent of Hillsborough's lowest-performing FCAT students attend either A- or B-rated schools.

Translation: Not all low-rated schools are full of dummies and not all high-rated schools are full of brainiacs. …

A man threw a pit bull at two St. Petersburg cops last week. No, really. Are you still wondering why Florida has such a bad reputation? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Can Handle Any Crisis. I Have Children. …

If I wrote an advice book for pro athletes, it would have two rules: Don't stay out past 2 a.m., and catch a cab instead of driving drunk. But I guess that leaves out the rule about not punching the cabdriver. …

On Sunday, Legacy Events honors Tuskegee Airmen at a 1:30 p.m. luncheon in the American Legion Hall Post No. 248 in West Tampa.

Lloyd Newton, a four-star Air Force general and the first African-American Thunderbirds pilot, will deliver the keynote speech. I'm told he exudes confidence, sophistication and humility. That's no easy feat, but neither is earning four stars. For details, call (813) 412-6256 or e-mail jdbeiro@aol.com. …

One more day until school starts in Hillsborough County and, yes, that's glee you hear in my voice. It's not that my kids didn't deserve the break, but they should have gone back two weeks ago.

I liked the schedule we had before the Legislature mandated longer summers, but that won't stop me from celebrating at the Brunchery in Lithia on Tuesday.

That's all I'm saying.

The truth about school FCAT grades, and why I'm smiling 08/23/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 23, 2009 6:21pm]
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