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St. Petersburg councilman to seek Pinellas School Board seat

St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley said Thursday he plans to challenge Janet Clark for a seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Dudley, a retired teacher who taught for 38 years, most of them at Northeast High School, said he wanted to direct more money to the classroom and move away from a curriculum based on standardized tests.

"If you teach the kids to learn, they can pass the test," said Dudley, a longtime wrestling coach whose nickname on council is "Coach."

Elected in 2007, Dudley is term limited and will leave the council at the end of the year.

He is a registered Republican who represents District 3, which covers Snell Isle, Shore Acres and other northeastern neighborhoods.

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