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  1. Alonso assistant principal walks away from job to see the world


    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.
  2. As mental health crisis deepens on Florida campuses, universities are left to find their own solutions


    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
  3. Despite criticisms, board votes to retain Pasco-Hernando State College president


    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.
  4. Hillsborough schools' budget woes were worse than we knew


    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.
  5. Historic Moore-Mickens center set to reopen, serve children's needs


    Pasco County's first school for African-American students, which operated as an education center until it closed two years ago, is poised to reopen as a community education and social center again, serving the low-income Dade City community where it sits.

    The center will offer programs including a voluntary prekindergarten, GED and tutoring.
  6. Prosecutors: Businessman diverted education money meant for Pinellas, Hillsborough charter schools


    A businessman whose companies managed 15 charter schools in Florida, including six across Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, was charged Monday with racketeering in what prosecutors said was a scheme to steer public education money his way using huge markups, bogus invoices and a web of related corporations.

    The exterior of Windsor Preparatory Academy in April 2016. The St. Petersburg school, one of several troubled charters managed by Newpoint Education Partners, closed in June 30, 2016. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  7. Speaker Richard Corcoran to Hillsborough schools: Stop blaming the Legislature while you waste money


    TAMPA — As it attempts to put its financial house in order, the Hillsborough County School District is being made a poster child for runaway public school spending.

    Richard Corcoran said much of his criticism referred to the prior adminis?tration.
  8. The big debate continues: Should Florida education dollars follow students or the system?


    As Gov. Rick Scott took the podium Thursday to announce his support for the Legislature's big education bill, he used words that have become increasingly familiar to Floridians, speaking of the need to "help all students."

    Gov. Rick Scott, left, speaks with Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran last week in Tampa, where the two touted their achievements in this year's legislative session. Scott and Corcoran have promoted the idea that the state should parcel out education funding based on the needs of individual students, a method that promotes school choice. Critics say that approach violates the Florida Constitution, which requires the state to fund a system of schools. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  9. Budget woes force the Hillsborough school district to rethink its role as a job provider


    TAMPA — At one time or another, five members of Carrie Williams' family have worked for the Hillsborough County School District.

    With 26,000 people on its payroll, the Hillsborough County school district takes pride in its role as the area’s top employer. But budget woes are forcing the district to take a hard look at reducing its workforce. []
  10. At USF and elsewhere, education schools reboot as enrollment declines and teaching gets harder


    TAMPA — Thunder rumbled dimly through the thin classroom walls. A dozen future teachers settled into silent reading time, with selections ranging from One Special Elephant to The Girl on the Train.

    Claire Meitzner, 20, left, and Abby Still, 22, listen to graduate assistant Gretchen Dodson talk about the use of informational picture books and text structures during class at the University of South Florida’s College of Education.