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  1. Florida's school grades improve as educators get the hang of a new system

    Testing

    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

    After finding out earlier Wednesday that her school went from a low C to an A,  Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates with her students in the YMCA After School program at the school in St. Petersburg. Houston is giving a high five to rising fifth grader Jonaven Viera. Rising 4th grader Jonathan Cafaro is in foreground with his back to camera. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  2. SPC's William Law leaves with pride for the faculty, concern for students — and a story about hotdogs

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — The local community college had already made a name for itself when William Law Jr. first arrived on campus in the early 1980s as a vice president. Still, the school, then named St. Petersburg Junior College, was just a shadow of the sprawling state college it would later become.

    William Law, outgoing St. Petersburg College president, said he is proud of the college cultivating stronger relationships with the community.
  3. UCF suspends fraternity amid sex assault and hazing claims (w/video)

    College

    ORLANDO — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been suspended while the school investigates allegations of sexual assault and hazing.

  4. Athletic trainers will remain at high school sporting events in Pasco

    K12

    With concerns mounting that student athletes won't get proper treatment if injured, Pasco County School District leaders have decided to pay for athletic trainers at all high school sports events during the 2017-18 school year.

    In arguing to keep athletic trainers in Pasco schools, several parents have cited individual stories about teens who were protected from aggravated injuries during sports and assisted when hurt, to illustrate the value of the trainers.
  5. Vending machines to give 100,000 free books to Florida kids

    Education

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Children in South Florida will soon be able to get free books from vending machines.

  6. Report: USF faculty complained of a hostile, sexist, boorish boss

    College

    TAMPA — A certain University of South Florida academic may be an unpopular and insensitive bully, but none of his actions have risen to the level of discrimination, a lengthy legal review has concluded.

    Herb Maschner was removed last fall as the head of a technology center at the University of South Florida after the school learned his previous employer found he engaged in inappropriate, on-campus sexual behavior. A new report looks at Maschner's tenure at USF. [Idaho State University]
  7. Alonso assistant principal walks away from job to see the world

    K12

    TAMPA — When Alonso High School assistant principal for administration Scott Hazlett announced he was resigning his position to take a year off and travel the world, the reaction ranged from shock to disbelief to some envy.

    Alonso High School assistant principal Scott Hazlett has quit his position to take a year off and travel the world.
  8. As mental health crisis deepens on Florida campuses, universities are left to find their own solutions

    College

    TAMPA — With wait times at university counseling centers spilling into the four-week range across the state, Florida's universities made an appeal.

    Dark clouds loom over the University of South Florida campus, where officials say they are working to alleviate a shortage of mental health counselors in time for the 2017-18 school year. At USF and other Florida universities, the shortage is prompting schools to curtail services to students in crisis who need immediate help. The Legislature declined extra funding this year to address the problem, leaving individual schools to figure out solutions on their own. [Times files]

l, an incoming freshman at USF looks at the dark clouds looming over campus while she's on a scavenger hunt for the school's seal with her group on Tuesday, August 1, 2016. Engel is apart of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academy (STEM) on campus where students arrived early for orientation. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  9. Despite criticisms, board votes to retain Pasco-Hernando State College president

    College

    BROOKSVILLE — After two days of contentious discussion on whether Pasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard should keep his job, the board of trustees decided he will — at least for one more year.

    Trustees were divided on their assessments of Timothy Beard’s performance as president.
  10. Hillsborough schools' budget woes were worse than we knew

    K12

    TAMPA — Two years after a financial meltdown that Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins refused to call "a crisis," he told a roomful of district employees just how bad things were.

    Hillsborough schools superintendent Jeff Eakins told the School Board that he has outlined steps to prepare for the coming year.