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  1. Aging computers flagged in Hillsborough schools, including one running COBOL


    TAMPA — Got COBOL? The Hillsborough County School District does.

    Programmers at the console of a UNIVAC I, which made use of COBOL or "common business-oriented language. The code was devised in 1959 to run on more than one manufacturer's computer and is still in use today at the Hillsborough County School District. [National Museum of American History]
  2. Principal shuffle continues among elementary schools


    Three more Pasco County elementary schools will be getting new principals, with another round of shifts announced this week.

  3. Pinellas college notebook: USFSP celebrates Pulitzer winner, Eckerd presents its 'Human Library'


    USFsp honors Pulitzer-winning alum

    An alumnus of the journalism program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was named a Pulitzer Prize winner in Investigative Reporting this month. Eric Eyre, who got his master's degree in mass communication at USFSP in 1998, won journalism's top award for his …

  4. Hillsborough college notebook: USF hosts writer Jeffrey Toobin, UT holds human rights conference


    Analyst, writer Jeffrey Toobin to speak at USF

  5. PolitiFact: Does USF invest in oil companies, tobacco companies and private prisons?


    A new video from the USF Divest coalition of students, faculty and alumni urges administrators to stop investing in a number of industries that they don't support.

    Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida president
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  6. For award-winning 13-year-old, it's all about the joy of discovery


    LUTZ — Catie Tomasello has been named the best middle school female science student in the nation and been featured on She has won top honors in seven student competitions covering subjects that range from science to filmmaking.

    Catie Tomasello, 13, (center) rehearses a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" during a drama class at the DeArmon Creative Arts School and Theatre in Tampa.    A homeschool student, Catie won first place in the nation in a student film contest sponsored by the American Bankers Association.
  7. Romano: Schools of hope is just one more gimmick set up to fail in Florida


    Competing education plans are about to collide in Tallahassee.

  8. Campbell Park principal's email to staff: 'White students should be in same class'


    ST. PETERSBURG — Principal Christine Hoffman emailed her staff at Campbell Park Elementary a detailed set of instructions on what classroom rosters should look like in the coming school year.

    Christine Hoffman said her guideline was “racially insensitive.”
  9. Legacy Gala looks to enlist alumni in restoring Chamberlain's luster



    It began during informal lunches where Chamberlain High School alumni wondered what they could do to help improve the school.

     Incoming principal Jake Russell speaks with a student during lunch at Chamberlain High School on Friday. Russell, who comes from Sickles High School, has embraced an alumni effort to help improve the troubled school. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  10. Gibson, the Hillsborough school district's consultant, picks apart classroom practices in final report


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District shows promise in budgeting and teacher training, but has gaps in technology and its education of disabled students.

    Greg Gibson is an efficiency consultant to the Hillsborough County School District. He will address the School Board Tuesday about his latest report on educational services. MARLENE SOKOL | Times