Megan Reeves, Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

Megan Reeves

Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

I write about K-12 schools in Pinellas County, the University of South Florida and how state education policy affects them both. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and will likely never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. Now, I can be found thrifting along Central Avenue, snuggling with my cat, Fran, in my mid-century living room or having coffee at my favorite spot: Black Crow in the Old Northeast. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

Bullet fired through preschool window; no one injured, St. Petersburg police say

A bullet hole is seen on the window to the right in the upper left-hand corner of an Allendale United Methodist Church preschool classroom Thursday in St. Petersburg. No one was injured in the incident. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
The incident took place at Allendale United Methodist Church just after 3 p.m. Eleven children were in the classroom.

Pinellas student, 18, told class he would ‘shoot all them up,' police say

Gibbs High School student Brandon Gregory Scott, 18, threatened to shoot his teacher and classmates on Wednesday, according to St. Petersburg police. [Times]
Police later found books about firearms in Brandon Gregory Scott’s bedroom.

Pinellas will ask voters to renew its special property tax for schools

Political consultant Beth Rawlins, seen here at a forum last year on Clearwater's strong-mayor referendum, has turned her attention to 2020, when voters will likely be asked to approve a special property tax for Pinellas County schools. Rawlins has been instrumental in pushing for the tax since voters first approved it in 2004. Douglas R. Clifford  |  Tampa Bay Times
The tax has been approved by large margins every four years since 2004. This time, it’s likely to appear on the March ballot.

Survey finds nationwide echo of discipline concerns among Pinellas teachers

A recent survey by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found teachers nationwide have concerns about changing discipline practices. [Courtesy of the Fordham Institute]
Educators across the United States say classrooms are growing violent as administrators shy away from traditional discipline practices.

Pinellas schools are disciplining far fewer students. Is that a good thing?

Discussion circles like this one at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School are part of the Pinellas County school district's
District officials say it’s evidence of a better atmosphere in schools. But many teachers say their classes are harder to control.