Back to School 2013

The much-despised FCAT, which Bryan Trinh, 16, was preparing for at River Ridge High in this 2010 photo, is going away. A new test is being developed, based on the new curriculum.Times files

Understanding the Common Core State Standards

In Florida and dozens of other states, the gradual transition to the Common Core State Standards is one of the biggest yet least understood issues affecting public schools today. And it's gaining momentum as the 2013-14 academic year approaches. States change their education standards all the time. It's part of a n …

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  1. Rapper Flo Rida treats teens to back-to-school shopping spree in Tampa

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    By Robbyn Mitchell

    rmitchell@tampabay.com

    TAMPA — Cell phone cameras clicked and flashed in WestShore Plaza's Finish Line shoe store. Flo Rida was in his element; his young guests were not.

    Flo Rida gathers with the winners of the $500 back to school shopping spree inside of the Finish Line shoe store at the Westshore Mall in Tampa.
  2. Hillsborough public schools by the numbers

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    Hillsborough schools by the numbers

    8th-largest district in the nation

    15,000 teachers

    200,000 students

    $2.8B budget

    142 elementary schools

    44 middle schools

    27 high schools

    2 K-8 schools

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  3. Things to know to prepare for 2013-14 school year in Hillsborough

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    Hillsborough County parents can find more back-to-school information at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. Here are a few highlights.

    Identifying your school

  4. New initiatives aim to boost classroom rigor, get an early start on college

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    TAMPA

    At three high schools, students will get a head start on college.

  5. Things to know as you prepare for the school year

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    Hernando County parents can find more back-to-school information at hernandoschools.org. Here are a few highlights.

    Registration

  6. New principals in Pasco schools

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    Elementary schools

    Cypress: Jeanne Krapfl, 39, began working in the Pasco school district as a teacher at Sunray Elementary in 2002. She became a student achievement coach in 2008 and an assistant principal at Gulfside Elementary in 2010.

  7. Things to know as you prepare for the school year

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    Pasco County parents can find more back-to-school information at www.pasco.k12.fl.us. Here are a few highlights.

    REGISTERING YOUR CHILD

    Identify the school

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  8. Pasco: Start of school year brings adjustments, construction

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    A new school year usually brings new initiatives, and 2013-14 is no exception in the Pasco County School District. Among some of the more notable changes:

    Senior projects

    As a student at Wesley Chapel High, Shelby Thompson’s senior project involved working with a first-grade class at Watergrass Elementary. Pasco seniors no longer have to complete a senior project.
  9. Pasco County schools: key dates for 2013-14

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    Aug. 19: Students' first day of school.

  10. New principals in Hernando schools

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    Chocachatti Elementary School: Lara Silva, 43, joined the Hernando district in 2012 as an assistant principal at Parrott Middle School. Before that, she was a principal at Somerset Academy K-8 in Broward County. She has nine years of teaching experience and six years of administrative experience.

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Silva