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St. Petersburg Times/BayNews9 poll

While some reformers describe a crisis in public education, parents in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties give generous marks to their children's schools and teachers, according to a St. Petersburg Times-Bay News 9 poll conducted last month. Forty-nine percent rate their schools "excellent," while 41 percent rate them "good." (October 21, 2010)
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[SCOTT McINTYRE | Times]
Beverly Newcity, bottom right, works alongside several other administrators in a packed temporary command center as they work to meet the class size deadline for Hillsborough County Schools.
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    Despite growing scrutiny over all things AP, Tampa Bay parents tend to agree. Sixty-six percent of them said AP classes should be open to any student, while 28 percent said they should be open to only the most advanced, according to a St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll of Tampa Bay area parents with children in high school Meanwhile, 78 percent said AP classes were still worthwhile even if their child did not pass the AP exam. (October 25, 2010)
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    Parents in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties give generous marks to their children's schools and teachers, according to a St. Petersburg Times-Bay News 9 poll conducted last month. Forty-nine percent of respondents rated their schools as "excellent," while 41 percent rated them "good." (October 21, 2010)

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    Two weeks before a critical vote, a majority of Tampa Bay parents have a message for those who want to tweak Florida's class-size amendment: Leave it alone. Fifty-five percent of Tampa Bay-area parents with school-age children say they want to keep the strict class-size caps established by the 2002 amendment, while 35 percent say they favor a more flexible approach, a St. Petersburg Times-Bay News 9 poll found. (October 16, 2010)


Results from a poll conducted Sept. 24-30 for the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9 by American Directions Group, a market research company headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Lakeland and Gainesville. The poll interviewed 702 people from a random sample of Tampa Bay adults with a child in public school (grades prekindergarten through 12). The overall margin of error is +/- 3.7 percentage points.

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