Most of you by now have heard the thunderclap in the arena signaling that Kate Spade Saturday has been killed by another tribute. At the end of January, the high-end brand announced it would close all 19 Kate Spade Saturday retail and partner stores by summer, leaving its website active in the meantime....
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A couple who says their 12-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted during band class at John Hopkins Middle School last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school Thursday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
The girl's mother, Annette Vedsegaard-Ross, wrote in the complaint that her daughter was targeted because she is female and that the attackers likely knew she suffers from a hearing disability. The Tampa Bay Times reported Jan. 30 that the family believes the Pinellas County School District and John Hopkins administrators attempted to minimize the assault to protect the school's reputation....
I am finally in that stage of my life where I know it's frowned upon to go to Goodwill and buy a new pair of jeans instead of just going to the damn laundromat. So I started going to the laundromat every week -- just kidding, I moved to an apartment with a washer-dryer! I am a child.
While moving is stressful (I timed mine around Christmas, to impress the Olympic judges), I really love getting to decorate my new place. My old stuff, some from six apartments ago, finds new life and use in each home. I have a heavy old bookcase that's taken turns as a dish display case and a bath towel organizer. It's fun making everything fit....
Pinellas Superintendent Mike Grego is in preliminary talks with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to create a teacher's school, mirroring a partnership the district recently formed with St. Petersburg College.
Grego told the school board the "lab school" was in "the very preliminary idea stage," explaining he only wanted to bring it up at Tuesday's workshop so that board members wouldn't hear whispers from someone else....
ST. PETERSBURG — Two students were arrested for bringing a fake handgun and an ice pick to Lakewood High School today, St. Petersburg Police said.
The school was on lockdown from 10:20 to 11:36 a.m. as police and gun-sniffing dogs searched for weapons.
The incident began when a student alerted the school resource officer that another student may have a gun on campus, St. Petersburg Police spokesman Mike Puetz said....
It was a big morning for parents across Pinellas County: Results of the annual school lottery for spots in magnet and fundamental schools were set to be available online when families woke up Wednesday.
But the parents of 670 incoming kindergarten students were instead thrown for a loop by a computer message saying their child wasn't old enough to receive a spot in the school system.
Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said not to fear: These kids did receive seats or spots on wait lists; but due to an apparent glitch, families won't be able to see them until noon....
ST. PETERSBURG — It was almost too heavy for her to carry, but she fell for the saxophone all the same, practicing in the band room at John Hopkins Middle School. She named her instrument "Reed." It made her feel calm. She would come in an hour early to play. She would stay long after the last bell.
Then one recent Monday, the 12-year-old girl hurried out of school. She was pale. Her face was drawn....
LARGO — Pinellas County school officials want to spend $1 million to teach classroom management techniques to teachers and administrators at struggling St. Petersburg elementary schools.
The partnership with the New Teacher Project, a nonprofit based in Brooklyn, started at Campbell Park Elementary, one of five schools undergoing significant turnaround efforts, deputy superintendent Bill Corbett said at a School Board workshop this week....
Looking for an alternative to a traditional public school, but not willing or able to pony up private school tuition? Look no further than the district's growing network of charter schools.
If you don't know too much about charter schools, you're not alone: In Pinellas, they've only taken off in the last few years. This year, more than 6,000 students attend charters, more than double the number who did five years ago, as new campuses open every year....
When the bottom fell out of the economy, thousands of Florida families pulled their children out of private schools. With a second mortgage, who could afford the luxury? But with the economic rebound has come a resurgence of interest in private schools as more and more families are able to sign tuition checks.
Private school enrollment hit 325,000 in Florida last year, the largest number of students since the 2007-08 school year. That's about 11 percent of the state's school-aged children....
The Pinellas school system is planning to restructure its classrooms to meet students' individual interests, beginning with a handful of secondary schools but eventually refiguring the entire district.
Called "personalized learning," the approach will take hold next fall in new programs at Northeast, Clearwater, Seminole and Pinellas Park high schools in an effort to engage students and graduate them at greater rates....
When high school grades were released today, Pinellas wasn't able to maintain its all A's and B's status that it achieved for the first time last year.
Yet Pinellas boasted the largest hike in its graduation rate in the Tampa Bay region: 76.2 percent of students graduated, up 4.3 percentage points over 2013.
Regardless, no Pinellas high schools improved their grade this year as the state made it a more difficult feat....
LARGO — Pinellas school officials said Tuesday that they will formally call on the Legislature to slow down as changes in the state's school accountability system take effect this year.
The district joins several other Florida school systems — including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Polk and Duval — in requesting that the state limit consequences for students and schools as it transitions to new tests and standards....
ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a national discussion about how colleges and universities respond to campus sexual assaults, Eckerd College president Donald Eastman III is urging students to "do your part."
How? By drinking less and abstaining from casual sex, he said in an email to students Sunday to underscore a campus awareness campaign.
"Virtue in the area of sexuality is its own reward, and has been held in high esteem in Western Culture for millennia because those who are virtuous are happier as well as healthier," Eastman wrote to Eckerd's 1,800 undergraduate students. "No one's culture or character or understanding is improved by casual sex, and the physical and psychological risks to both genders are profound."...
WEWAHITCHKA — There was a knock on the door of the home in this tiny town not 75 miles from Tallahassee, and at the doorstep stood the man who, in a few weeks time, would open fire on students in the library at Florida State University.
Myron May, a 31-year-old alumnus, had returned to the state that had raised him.
He had driven to Wewahitchka from New Mexico, where things had not been going so well. He told Abigail Taunton, a long-time family friend whose boys he had run cross-country with, that he was considering declaring bankruptcy....