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  1. Father who jokes he'd burn a school down is now banned from all Polk County school grounds

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    A Polk County father has been banned from all school properties after he made a comment on his Facebook page that he "wanted to burn the (school) down."

    Christopher Stephenson was banned from his child's school after writing he wanted to burn the school down on Facebook. Something the father says was clearly a figure of speech, but the school says was a creditable threat. (Facebook)
  2. For local officials, a charter school story with a surprise ending

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    The opening day enrollment for Pasco County's newest charter school set off alarm bells in the school district's administrative offices.

    A page from the Pasco MYcroSchool website contains photos from its first day. The new school was projected to have 250 students this year. But when only 14 showed up initially, Pasco school officials questioned whether the school should receive its total allotment of funds from the state. [Pasco MYcroSchool]
  3. Online studies, off-campus sites drive growth of Saint Leo University

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    ST. LEO — When Arthur Kirk became president of what was then Saint Leo College in 1997, the school was on the brink of bankruptcy. Enrollment had dropped; deficits had climbed. Faculty salaries were depressed. It seemed that every roof on campus leaked.

    MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesMelanie Storms, vice president of Saint Leo WorldWide is shown on Saint Leo's main University Campus in eastern Pasco County. WorldWide is a new branch of the Catholic university that streamlines online courses and operates satellite education centers.
  4. In a word, Hernando school leaders say, first day was 'smooth'

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    Over and over on Monday, school district leaders used the same word to describe the unfolding of the first day of school in Hernando County.

    "Smooth."

    Third-graders Teagan Ferguson, left, and Brianna DeLaine deliver attendance figures to the office at J.D. Floyd Elementary School on Monday. Superintendent Lori Romano and other district administrators toured a handful of schools and classrooms throughout the day,
  5. Students, staff, parents celebrate opening of two new schools in Pasco

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    After months of anticipation, Pasco County's two newest schools made their debuts Monday to largely rave reviews.

    Bryce Navarro, left, a junior at Cypress Creek High School, helps fellow student Michae’la Davis and her mother, Valarie White, with the registration process Monday, the first day of classes.
  6. UF's move to deny white nationalist Richard Spencer a venue sets up a First Amendment court fight

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    In denying a notorious white nationalist his request to speak on campus, the University of Florida has brought a thorny legal battle to Gainesville in the name of keeping its students safe.

    Legal experts say the University of Florida will have an uphill battle in court proving that fears of violence from an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer will override the First Amendment. "There's a fine line between inciting lawlessness and engendering a situation where lawlessness arises," said Peter Lake, higher education law professor at Stetson University College of Law. [Getting Images]
  7. Pinellas school news: Making ready for the eclipse, coach Paul Hanson honored and more

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    School district prepares for Monday's eclipse

    
  8. Hillsborough leaders ask for patience as multiple schools still suffer from broken air conditioners

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    TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins and his facilities chief appealed to parents Wednesday to be patient as the district works through chronic air conditioning problems — and to advocate for more state funding.

    Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins says air conditioning problems at multiple schools are a "major concern" for the district. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |  Times]
  9. Pinellas working out plans to place a nurse in every public school by 2021

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    LARGO — Amid rising rates of food allergies and chronic diseases among students, the Pinellas County school district may get enough funding to staff a nurse in every school by 2021.

  10. Pasco's cafeteria menus get a new home on the web

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    For the past few years, Nutrislice was all the rage for school districts seeking an easy way to get their cafeteria menus into parent and student hands online.