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  1. Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's education commissioner announced that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates.

    “We want to be sure that we are presenting an accurate portrayal of the picture of what’s happening in Florida.”
Pam Stewart,
Florida’s education commissioner
  2. UT starts work on six-story academic building, its biggest


    TAMPA — The University of Tampa plans to start construction next month on what will be the biggest academic building on campus.

    The six-story, 90,000-square-foot Graduate and Health Studies building is scheduled to be complete by fall 2018. There are plans for a twin building, connected via skywalk.
  3. Pinellas colleges notebook


    Tilar Mazzeo, the bestselling nonfiction author and biographer, will speak at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Thursday at 11 a.m. Mazzeo teaches English at Colby College and has written several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Widow Cliquot (2008), about the widow who …

  4. Rick Perry questions election result — at his alma mater, Texas A&M


    AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks the president stole the election.

     Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor, is a 1972 Texas A&M graduate with a degree in animal sciences. [New York Times]
  5. Class notes



    Durant High senior Ryan William Johnson has earned admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Johnson carries an unweighted grade point average of 4.0 and a weighted grade point average of 6.1.


  6. Hernando to provide more free meals for young students


    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board has moved ahead with a federally funded plan to provide free meals for most the county's elementary and middle school students, regardless of need, starting next school year.

    Lori Drenth, food services director, said the program would guarantee four years of funding.
  7. Class notes



    April 3: Report cards.

    • April 28: Progress reports.

    Class notes

    • Pasco Fine Arts along with Florida Council on Arts and Culture are the hosts for 2017 Kids 'N Art Exhibition through April 14 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port …

  8. Pasco school boundary dispute now up to judge


    The fate of recently approved school boundary maps for east and west Pasco County now lies in the hands of state administrative judge D.W. Alexander.

  9. Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated


    TALLAHASSEE — The state is investigating whether or not school districts are moving students around in order to manipulate graduation rates.

    Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced Wednesday that she has asked top officials in her department to look closer at students who were in their senior year but weren't counted in final graduation rates.  [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  10. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …