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Failure Factories: What you're saying so far about the resegregation of Pinellas County public schools

On Wednesday morning, the Tampa Bay Times released 24 charts with data from a yearlong investigation of the Pinellas County School District, home to five of the worst-performing schools in the state.

What do those schools have in common?

They are concentrated in the southern tip of Pinellas County, and they're predominantly black.

What's more, 95 percent of the black students tested in these schools failed both reading and math state exams.

Why?

The first installment of the full report, Failure Factories, will hit tampabay.com on Friday, but a preview video and the charts have already sparked an avid debate in various social media channels.

Join the conversation on the Times' Facebook page or through Twitter using #FailureFactories. Here's what our readers have to say so far:

TV and radio personality Bomani Jones, who also contributes to ESPN, tweeted a link to the project early Wednesday morning and sparked a colorful back and forth.

Locals and others weighed in:

On Facebook, many commenters danced between topics they believe contribute to the problem: parenting, education policies and discipline in schools.

In the past 8 years, 5 Pinellas County schools have become some of the worst in the state of Florida. Find out how this happened in a multi-part investigation coming to tampabay.com Friday: Failure Factories.Posted by Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In the past 8 years, 5 Pinellas County schools have become some of the worst in the state of Florida. Find out how this happened in a multi-part investigation coming to tampabay.com Friday: Failure Factories.

Contact Katie Mettler at kmettler@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3446. Follow @kemettler.

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