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  1. Hillsborough teacher survey finds trouble spots amid rosy overall results


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County public school teachers are happy. They feel safe in their schools. Principals give them the materials and help they need.

    McLane Middle School in Brandon, where 83 percent of the teachers say on a new survey that they enjoy working there. The numbers were lower in previous years when the school was struggling with violence. Today, other schools are suffering from low morale, even as overall numbers are positive across the Hillsborough County school district.  The Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning survey was administered between Jan. 9 and March 10. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  2. New Pinellas schools plan touted as 'turning point' that would tackle achievement gap in 10 years


    After more than a year of negotiations, the Pinellas County School District has reached a new agreement in a 16-year-old state lawsuit that accused it of shortchanging black students, unveiling a plan Friday to "greatly narrow" or close the achievement gap within a decade.

    Students gather outside Campbell Park Elementary, one of several schools that would stand to benefit if the Pinellas County’s school district’s new plan to eliminate or narrow the achievement gap is successful. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. With many parents 'on pins and needles,' state releases third-grade reading results


    Florida's third graders got the long-awaited word Friday on state test results that affect whether they move into fourth grade.

    For many, the news was good.

    From left, Marielina Sevilla Cruz and Monica Rosal help Camila Velasquez-Xiquin work on a meteorology assignment during small group learning time in Kathy Bilello's third-grade class at McMullen-Booth Elementary on Friday. Earlier in the day, the state released third-grade reading test results that showed the school increased its pass rate to 66 percent -- a 28-point jump from last year, the largest among Pinellas County's district-operated schools. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  4. Top of the Class of 2017: Hillsborough County's valedictorians and salutatorians


    It's marked by three digits and a decimal point, but the GPAs of these honorees don't fully reflect their diligence and perseverance. So, we offer tribute to the vals and sals of 2017.



    Elizabeth Dolan

    Age: 18

    GPA: …

  5. Questions about equity persist as a proposed boost in Bright Futures aims to help top grads


    TAMPA — Sometimes, as Kareem Elgendi stared down a tough SAT question, a tendril of anxiety wound its way into his head.

    University of South Florida freshmen, from left, Kareem Elgendi, 19; Shahir Kamil, 18; and Hozaifa Tabbaa, 20, study for a physics exam at the USF library in Tampa. Elgendi, a Blake High graduate, needed a Bright Futures scholarship to attend college. Finally getting his qualifying SAT score “was the best feeling ever,” he says.
  6. More top grads: Meet the 2017 valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas private schools


    As the top graduates from Pinellas County's private high schools finished their classes and prepared for exams this spring, we asked them to reflect on the last four years — to think about what they learned, how high school changed them and the people who helped them along the way. To get the discussion going, we …

    Meet this year's valedictorians and salutatorians for Pinellas County private schools. [Times files]
  7. Weeki Wachee High student, charting a new path for his school, will attend Harvard



    Alex Stewart was easy to pick out at Weeki Wachee High School on Monday morning.

    Alex Stewart, 17, a graduating senior at Weeki Wachee High School, will attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., this fall. Stewart will be the first Weeki Wachee High graduate to attend an Ivy League school.
  8. Class notes for May 19



    • May 25-28: High school commencements.

    Weightman Middle student Dominic Fonesca was named winner of Clerk & Comptroller Paula O’Neill’s Constitutional Officers Essay Contest. He was honored at a ceremony at the school. Pictured from left are Deputy Tax Collector Billy Poulos, Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Dominic Fonseca, Weightman gifted teacher Freda Abercrombie and principal Rachel Fowler.
  9. Hillsborough school superintendent turns down raise, gets three-year contract


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough School Board gave superintendent Jeff Eakins a new three-year contract, telling him at a meeting Tuesday evening that they were amazed he turned down offers of a raise.

    Hillsborough School District Superintendent Jeff Eakins will recommend new starting times at a special school board meeting today, although the schedule will not take effect until August 2018. [Times files (2015)]
  10. Pace picks up for decision on increasing school impact fee


    The Pasco County Commission has set a fairly aggressive schedule to move a proposed school impact fee increase to a quick conclusion.