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  1. Pinellas teachers get schooled over summer break

    Teachers

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was time to line up for lunch, a procedure Justin Black had perfected.

    Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching physical education at Melrose Elementary School. Black is instructing students in a math lesson while taking part in Springboard for Success, a summer program to train rookie teachers which was held at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  2. Education official apologizes anew, this time to victims

    College

    WASHINGTON — The Education Department's top civil rights official's "flippant" remarks are raising questions about the government's commitment to fighting campus sexual violence, even as she issued her second apology in as many days for attributing 90 percent of sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk. …

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in June. [Associated Press]
  3. Palm Harbor Middle School math instructor to learn if she's Florida's top teacher

    Teachers

    ORLANDO — A Palm Harbor Middle School math instructor will learn tonight if she's the top teacher in the state.

    Palm Harbor Middle School teacher Vanessa Ko gives her thanks after learning that she was the Pinellas County Outstanding Educator of the Year during the ceremony at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Jan. 31, 2017. [LARA CERRI | Times]
  4. Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups

    College

    On the eve of potentially pivotal meetings Thursday about campus sexual assault with advocates for both victims and the accused, the woman who organized the listening sessions is facing intense scrutiny for saying in an interview that most sexual assault accusations on college campuses come after drunken hookups and bad …

  5. Intern program at Monster Transmission opens opportunities for local youth

    Education

    BROOKSVILLE — Jami White was headed down the hallway at Central High School on the way to third-period calculus when a friend stopped him.

    Senior builder Nathan Fuller, 29, left, shows intern Jami White, 18, of Spring Hill how to install a full manual valve body into a Turbo 400 transmission last month at Monster Transmission & Performance in Brooksville.
  6. PHSC board member resigns amid tensions with college president

    Education

    After a contentious review of Pasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard by the board of trustees last month, longtime board member John Dougherty has resigned.

    John Dougherty doesn’t think it’s possible to stay.
  7. County, builders reach compromise on impact fee increase for Pasco schools

    Education

    DADE CITY — The monthslong back and forth over how to pay for new schools took a timeout Tuesday after the Pasco County School District, the Tampa Bay Builders Association and the county's legal staff negotiated a three-year, $3,500 increase in the charge for new single-family homes.

    The Pasco School District asked for a higher impact fee on new home construction to raise $121 million over the next 10 years for new classrooms. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  8. New schools ready for Day 1

    K12

    Two new schools will make their debut in August, which will help ease crowding in the Pasco County School District. Bexley Elementary will pull students out of stuffed Odessa and Oakstead elementary schools. Built for 900 students, the $25 million school is projected to open about half full. Cypress Creek Middle-High …

    The summer has been spent putting finishing touches on the new Cypress Creek Middle-High School.
  9. With new state law, report card delay could worsen in years to come

    K12

    The Fourth of July had come and gone, and the Pasco County School District continued to receive complaints that some parents had not yet received their children's report cards.

  10. USF fraternity hit with lawsuit alleging sexual assault of teen at party

    College

    TAMPA — A teenager is suing a University of South Florida fraternity and its national body, alleging that one of its members sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious at a party.

    The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house at the University of South Florida.