Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Megan Reeves, Times staff writer

Megan Reeves, Times staff writer

Megan covers the Hernando County School District and general news throughout Hernando County. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in photojournalism in May 2015. She joined the Times in January 2016 after spending one year at the Lake City Reporter.



Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg was one of several Tampa Bay area schools operated by Newpoint Education Partners, which was founded by Marcus May, inset. May was found guilty of defrauding many of those schools, most of which have closed. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Man who defrauded area charter schools sentenced to 20 years in prison

The mastermind behind a scheme to defraud charter schools in seven Florida counties, including Pinellas and Hillsborough, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.Marcus May, 56, was also ordered to pay $5 million in fines to the state by...
Published: 11/13/18
The University of South Florida campus. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]

USF and other Florida universities join nationwide effort to improve college access

Together, they will "create a playbook of adaptable student success reforms," USF said.
Published: 11/13/18
Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner says it will be an emotional moment Tuesday when she steps away from her post after a career spanning seven terms over 28 years. But she plans to stay active in civic affairs.

Linda Lerner steps away after 28 years on the Pinellas School Board. ‘I wanted to make things better for everybody’

Linda Lerner, one of Florida's longest-serving school officials with nearly three decades on the Pinellas County School Board, will step down Tuesday, leaving her seat for one of three new members elected last week.The decision was...
Published: 11/12/18
Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus [Times file]

President of Ybor City’s Hillsborough Community College campus will step down, return to teaching

Shawn Robinson, president of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus since 2007, is stepping down to return to teaching.In an email announcing the news Friday, Robinson said "it is time for a change." He will relocate to the...
Published: 11/09/18
When it comes to educating black students, the Pinellas County school district has improved in several areas, according to a new report. But the gap between black students and their peers remains.  [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Closing the achievement gap at Pinellas’ most struggling elementary schools needs holistic approach, principals say

Principals of Pinellas County's worst-performing elementary schools gathered Tuesday to share their progress in closing the academic achievement gap between black students and their peers.Successes, like added...
Published: 11/07/18
Jeff Larsen, left, and Lisa Cane are battling for the District 2 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Pinellas School Board 2: Lisa Cane defeats Jeff Larsen

The latest:With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Lisa Cane beat out Jeff Larsen for the District 2 spot on Pinellas County School BoardThis race was one of three for seats on the board, which oversees...
Published: 11/06/18
Bill Dudley, left, and Matt Stewart are battling to see who will succeed long-time Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner.

Pinellas School Board 6: Bill Dudley edges out Matt Stewart

The latest:With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bill Dudley wins the District 6 seat of Pinellas County School Board over Matt Stewart.This race is one of three for seats on the board, which oversees...
Published: 11/06/18
Nicole Carr, left, and incumbent Peggy O'Shea will face-off Nov. 6 for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Pinellas School Board 3: Nicole Carr trumps incumbent Peggy O’Shea

Carr's victory puts three new faces on the seven-member board, a significant change.
Published: 11/06/18
Bill Dudley, left, and Matt Stewart are battling to see who will succeed long-time Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner.

Matt Stewart, Bill Dudley battle for Pinellas County School Board District 6: What you need to know

WHO’S RUNNINGMatt Stewart, 38, is a human resources manager for Hillsborough County government. He also teaches at St. Petersburg College as an adjunct professor and has worked in classrooms with Eckerd...
Published: 11/04/18
Updated: 11/05/18
Nicole Carr, left, and incumbent Peggy O'Shea will face-off Nov. 6 for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Nicole Carr, Peggy O’Shea face off for Pinellas County School Board District 3: What you need to know

Of the three races for seats on the Pinellas County School Board, District 3 is the only one with an incumbent.
Published: 11/04/18