The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced its first round of college-sponsored scholarships to graduating seniors on Wednesday. About 2,200 students received the awards nationwide.
Among them were 29 students from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. They are:
Eric Briggs, East Lake HS
Jacquelyn Nagy, Gulf HS
Lisa Goldworthy, Sunlake HS
Emily Suvannasankha, Land O'Lakes HS
Wendy Smith, Steinbrenner HS
Katherine Jones, Hillsborough HS
Taylor Cavaliere, East Lake HS
Ariel Perry-Mills, Palm Harbor University HS
Daniel Rosato, East Lake HS
Sara Scharf, Palm Harbor University HS
Jeremy Stephen, East Lake HS
Michael Pothoven, home school, Plant City
David Beck, home school, Riverview
Ryan Schipfer, Robinson HS
Trenton Sweigart, St. Petersburg HS
Katherina Fucci, Shorecrest Preparatory School
Rachel Panico, Lakewood HS Center for Advanced Technologies
Rahul Borra, Carrollwood Day School
Alexander Harris, Middleton HS
Eric Luo, King HS
Christina Maldonado, Hillsborough HS
Jenna McKinney, Plant HS
Kathy Nguyen, Robinson HS
John Qin, King HS
Daniel Suen, King HS
Lily Tang, Wharton HS
Joseph Gallagher, Bloomingdale HS
Christopher Springfield, Durant HS
Olivia Sunna, Wiregrass Ranch HS...
The panel asked to choose a firm to review the validity of Florida's new testing system doesn't appear to have much work to do when it meets Friday.
Only one group has submitted a bid to do the work....
Principal changes are afoot for some Pasco County schools as the district prepares for its administrative reappointments.
Katie Lail, who has led Pasco Elementary in Dade City since 2011, will retire after 27 years with the district. Her staff learned Wednesday morning that Nena Green, the school's well-liked assistant principal, has been recommended to take over the top job.
Green, who joined the district from out-of-state in 2012, will come to the School Board for approval on June 16....
A Pasco County math teacher who faced an investigation over concerns that she encouraged students to opt out of a state end-of-course exam has received a formal reprimand for her action.
Meredith Jewell, a district teacher since 2005, has told the district she plans to submit a rebuttal to some of the specific accusations against her. Mitchell High School principal Jim Michaels wrote in his reprimand that Jewell deviated from set procedures for administering tests, in that she discussed the possibility of opting out of the exams with students and made them believe she supported that decision....
UPDATE: The New York Board of Regents unanimously voted to install MaryEllen Elia as their next state education chancellor just before 4 p.m. She is to begin on July 6.
ORIGINAL POST: MaryEllen Elia, recently let go as Hillsborough County schools superintendent, wasn't out of the business for long....
A second consecutive $1 billion increase in local property values will bolster the Pasco County school district's bottom line for the coming fiscal year.
Property appraiser Mike Wells informed district officials that their estimated taxable value for fiscal 2016 is $23.46 billion, up from $22.41 billion a year ago. The higher values should contribute to a stronger budget picture for the district as leaders seek to expand programs and improve salaries....
TESTING: The Palm Beach School Board will ask Gov. Rick Scott to halt the negative consequences associated with state testing, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Proposals to overhaul high school sports oversight won't return in Florida's special legislative session, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports....
TOUGHER TIMES: Hillsborough and Pinellas teachers find it more difficult to teach at high-poverty schools.
ONLINE LEARNING: Florida Virtual School offers students desired flexibility, the Panama City News Herald reports....
TESTING: Students and teachers react to the Florida Department of Education's decision not to count math end-of-course exams.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Brevard School Board agrees to consider non-traditional candidates for its next superintendent, Florida Today reports. • Manatee deputy superintendent Diana Greene ponders her options as her School Board seeks a new leader, the Bradenton Herald reports....
TAMPA — Spencer Coleman felt confident after taking Florida's geometry end-of-course exam this spring.
The test would count for 30 percent of his semester mark, and he was sure he did well enough to boost his "average" course grade.
Imagine his dismay, then, after learning Thursday that despite a year spent working to pass this test, his score would be thrown out.
Why? Nagging concerns that the tests might not be valid. ...
While Florida Board of Education members urge lawmakers to meet the governor's call for historic per-student funding, superintendents have a slightly different message.
They want lawmakers, who head into a budget special session June 1, to fully fund the growing number of students entering the school system....
Stewart: I wake up with one goal- making sure every single students is able to receive a high quality education for future success.— FL Dept of Education (@EducationFL) May 21, 2015
The Florida Department of Education posted to Twitter on Thursday what officials hoped would be an inspirational, supportive message from commissioner Pam Stewart....
COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Hillsborough's Sulphur Springs Elementary prepares for conversion to a K-8 community school to better serve neighborhood children.