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  1. Departing fifth graders at Booker T. Washington Elementary leave lessons for their peers (w/video)


    TAMPA — Teaching kindergarteners how to make slime seems like a good idea — when you're 12.

    From left, Tayvon Scott, 6, Arion Taylor, 9, and Nazir Anderson, 6, play with globs of slime they created from a science experiment taught by the Darius Troupe, a fifth-grader at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Tampa. Students at Booker T. Washington Elementary School spent a "Day of Service" teaching their peers in a class exercise on May 24, 2017. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  2. Winning high school essays urge balance in U.S. foreign, domestic spending


    Three winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 250 entrants to receive a $1,200 scholarship in the R.F. "Red" Pittman Tampa Tribune Scholars essay contest.

  3. Tampa Tribune scholarships inspire students to keep digging for facts



    When the Tampa Tribune launched a scholarship for Hillsborough County's top high school seniors more than 50 years ago, no one could have guessed it would one day be turned over to the newspaper's rival, now called the Tampa Bay Times.

    Meghana Bhimreddy from Hillsborough High School, Darren Tran of Alonso High School and Shaila Ghanekar from Berkeley Preparatory School give speeches after being named winners of this year’s Tribune scholars essay contest.
  4. Students from rival high schools notch perfect ACT scores


    TAMPA — For anyone achieving a perfect score in American College Testing (ACT), a rigorous standardized examination used for college admissions, the odds are statistically staggering.

    John Felletter
  5. Pinellas education news: new principals, National Merit winners, summer writing camp and more


    Top administrators named at schools

    The Pinellas County School Board approved a number of administrative changes at a special meeting this week, part of the turnover process that routinely occurs at the end of the school year. The board followed the recommendations of superintendent Mike Grego on the following …

  6. Hillsborough college notebook: New leaders for USF nursing, UT advancement office


    USF names College of Nursing dean

    USF Health has named Victoria Rich as the new dean of the USF College of Nursing, hailing her as "the nursing dean of the future" for her focus on uniting academia and practice. Rich joined the college in 2015 as an associate professor and interim associate dean of …

  7. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later


    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    The International Baccalaureate Class of 1987 at St. Petersburg High School poses together near a school entrance back in the day. It's been 30 years since St. Petersburg High became Florida's first IB school. To mark the occasion, the school on Monday hosted an anniversary event in conjunction with the annual IB Senior Celebration at The Coliseum. Students and a few teachers from the Class of 1987 were there to rub shoulders with the newly graduated IB seniors from the Class of 2017.
  8. DeWitt: Superintendent of schools makes public relations way too difficult


    If things are going well for a government agency, public relations should be a snap.

    Lori Romano has been superintendent of Hernando schools since 2013.
  9. Hernando sheriff: Middle school staffer accused of sexually assaulting student


    SPRING HILL — A staffer and coach at Fox Chapel Middle School was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a student on the school's campus.

    Marcus Wells worked at Fox Chapel Middle School.
  10. Meadowlawn Middle School teacher arrested on molestation charges


    ST. PETERSBURG — A Meadowlawn Middle School science teacher was arrested Wednesday morning on charges that he molested three students, police said.

    Joseph Zavalnak, 41,  has worked in the district since 2009.