Monday, October 15, 2018

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Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.



Jakea Davis prepares last-minute posters for her Calusa Elementary kindergarten classroom. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]

Itís been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school teachers.The Florida Education Association advocates...
Published: 10/12/18
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Itís been a tough few years for Florida teachers. Will a new union leader shake things up?

Top education leaders have spent years pleading, lobbying and rallying at the state capitol, but Tallahassee lawmakers keep making life harder and harder for Florida's public school teachers.The Florida Education Association advocates...
Published: 10/12/18
The Broward State Attorney's Office released video of Nikolas Cruz's interrogation, hours after authorities said he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. [Miami Herald]

Mental health provider that evaluated Nikolas Cruz picked to service charter schools

Florida's largest charter school membership organization announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's former mental health care provider to render services to schools.Broward County's Henderson...
Updated one month ago
Democratic candidate for governor Jeff Greene’s sons Cameron, 4, and Brandon, 6, show off the virtual reality gadgets at The Greene School on Aug. 13. Through the technology, they can virtually visit locations across the globe via Google Earth. [COLLEEN WRIGHT | Miami Herald]

Can a billionaireís private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional...
Updated: 2 months ago
April Schentrup, whose daughter Carmen was killed in the Parkland shooting, talks during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting at the BB&T Center on Thursday.[DAVID SANTIAGO  |  Miami Herald]

Broward school system doesnít give police data on students in discipline program

SUNRISE — More confusion surrounds the Broward County school district's controversial discipline diversion program known as PROMISE after a Broward County Sheriff's Office major revealed that deputies and school resource officers do...
Updated: 4 months ago
Fred Guttenberg, speaks in front of photos of his daughter Jaime who was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shootings, during a news conference, Thursday in Miami. [AP]

Parkland families seek courtís OK to sue gun companies

Fred Guttenberg looked over his shoulder at the poster behind him. There was Jaime, his forever 14-year-old daughter, leaping into a split in her ballet leotard. In another photo, she posed with her father, grinning wide for the...
Updated: 5 months ago
Doug Restom Gaskill sits with his children Sofia, 13 (right) and Lucas (left) as they settle into their spot in the shelter at John Hopkins Middle School  as Hurricane Irma approached in 2017. The shelter welcomed people from the area with pets and those with special needs. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

Hurricane 2018: I took shelter from Irma. Hereís what I learned.

ST. PETERSBURG ó Say youíre like me. Youíre as Floridian as they come. You grew up tracking hurricanes, stocking up on non-perishables (Parmalat, Vienna sausages and marshmallows), hoping for school to be canceled. Youíve helped put up more aluminum...
Updated: 5 months ago