The Hillsborough County school district reported high numbers of its International Baccaulaureate students earning IB diplomas this year.
Hillsborough High School increased to 97 percent, up 1 percentage point from last year
King High School maintained its 90 percent-plus diploma rate since its inception by posting a 92 percent diploma rate this year. Robinson High School maintained a 95 percent rate. Strawberry Crest High School increased to 96 percent, up from 94 percent....
In the large batch of school grades and test scores that were released in recent weeks, this stuck out at Middleton High School:
An "I" grade, one of 101 among more than 3,000 schools in the state. The "I" follows a string of C's for the East Tampa school, home to a technology and engineering magnet.
"Incomplete" grades happen for one of two reasons, the Department of Education said: Not enough students took their state tests, or there was suspicion about the validity of the tests based on how they were administered....
TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District is again without someone to run its communications department, which some consider the weakest link in the large organization.
School Board members have consistently given superintendent Jeff Eakins his lowest ratings in communications as the district weathers massive financial hurdles coupled with increased competition from privately managed charter schools....
TAMPA — Nearly two months late before they even sat down, the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers' union started pay negotiations Thursday for the 2017-18 school year.
That's this year, with students streaming into the schools on Aug. 10. Eighteen months ago the two sides agreed they should start the process during the first week in May to avoid having it drag on into the winter holidays....
CLEARWATER — As a social worker for Hillsborough County schools, Marissa Mitchell holds one of the system's most sensitive jobs, helping children navigate deeply personal family problems.
But Mitchell has had issues of her own, including a broken marriage and an ugly dispute with her mother-in-law that led to allegations of stalking, and earlier this month landed her in Pinellas County Jail....
Negotiating will begin Thursday for nearly 20,000 workers represented by the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.
And it could get interesting.
Teachers have been saying, loudly and on social media, that they expect nothing less than the pay plan the district rolled out as it implemented the 2009 Gates Foundation reforms. That pay plan, which took effect in 2013, calls for $4,000 raises every three years to teachers who are graded at least satisfactory, which is almost always the case....
Who will fill Julie Scardino's shoes at Sulphur Springs K-8 School?
The Hillsborough district went all the way to Chicago to replace her.
Chantel Angeletti comes from Byrne Elementary School, where she has worked since 2015.
Before that she worked as a lead teacher, instructional support leader and assistant principal at schools in Chicago.
Scardino is now the principal of Egypt Lake Elementary...
Near the end of Tuesday's 3 p.m. School Board meeting, there could be another discussion of Robert E. Lee Elementary, a predominantly African American school in Tampa Heights that is named for a Civil War Confederate general.
The school renaming issue is on the agenda as an information item. The applicable district policies - including the one that makes renaming a school an 18-month process -- are here....
In response to questions asked at last week's Hillsborough County School Board budget workshop, the administsration issued this report on what it has done so far to implement recommendations from the Gibson Consulting Group.
The three reports covered a lot of ground, and some areas show more progress than others....
Teachers, come work in Hillsborough County!
A teacher hiring freeze, imposed eary this month so the district could take stock of which vacancies it needed to fill, has been lifted, effective Tuesday, Superintendent Jeff Eakins said Monday.
But that only goes for classroom vacancies. Vacancies outside the classroom are still frozen. And bus driver hiring never stopped.
About 500 jobs are affected by Monday's decision. "We want to ensure we are focusing on the classroom and that our students have the best teachers in front of them on the first day of school," Eakins said....
If you were listening at the beginning of Tuesday's day-long Hillsborough County School Board budget workshop, you heard district leaders say they project 21,626 charter school students when classes resume in Aug. 10.
That's a huge jump from the past year's 17,723, and about one tenth of all students.
But charters are all the rage, and cutbacks in bus service for middle and high school students might be a game-changer for some families....
TAMPA — Two years after a financial meltdown that Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins refused to call "a crisis," he told a roomful of district employees just how bad things were.
The main reserve account lost $83.6 million between 2014 and 2015. And that was after the district transferred $55 million in, much of it from a workers compensation fund.
The nation's eighth-largest school district, it turns out, was on track to lose another $130 million or more the next year. "That would have put us below zero dollars," Eakins said Tuesday....
Speaker Richard Corcoran to Hillsborough schools: Stop blaming the Legislature while you waste money06/19/17K12
TAMPA — As it attempts to put its financial house in order, the Hillsborough County School District is being made a poster child for runaway public school spending.
The accuser: Richard Corcoran, the Republican state lawmaker from Land O'Lakes and a driving force behind this year's sweeping public education bill.
His message: The bill (HB 7069) is not why district officials are struggling to pay their expenses. Rather, Corcoran told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday, "It's their bloat, inefficiency and gross over-spending. Their problem is their mismanagement."...
TAMPA — At one time or another, five members of Carrie Williams' family have worked for the Hillsborough County School District.
Three still do, all at Shaw Elementary School in North Tampa.
Ashley Williams, 28, is a secretary. Savon Williams, 23, is an assistant teacher. Their mother, 47, is the principal's secretary.
"I trained them not to call me 'Mom' at work," said Williams, a school district employee since 1999....
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending the Hillsborough school board workshop on the budget, a day-long event, will need to head east to the district's Silo Bend facility just east of Brandon.
The board also is doing some of its business in committees and, since these groups have multiple board members, they are open to the public under the Sunshine law.
Here's this week's lineup:...