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The Florida Department of Education has released test scores for the state's third grade reading exam and the Florida Standards Assessment results are a mixed bag for Tampa Bay area school districts.

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg announced a plan Wednesday to expand scholarship programs for students from Pinellas County.

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Starting this fall, public school students in Pinellas County can sleep in a little longer.


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Pinellas County Schools face a massive budget deficit in the wake of new legislation spurred by the Parkland shooting.

The law requires school safety officers to be assigned to every public school in Florida.

Gov. Rick Scott quickly signed a new $88.7 billion state budget that boosts funding for K-12 education by $485 million. But many district superintendents say the package still shortchanges schools.

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While thousands of students were in Tallahassee Wednesday to push for stronger gun laws after last week’s shooting in a high school in Parkland, teenagers across Florida walked out of class in a show of solidarity.

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While the flu is causing problems around the country, the number of students and teachers infected in Pinellas County has increased this year.   

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A report released Wednesday gave a first look at efforts to improve the achievement of minority students in Pinellas County schools.

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The School Boards in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties have voted to authorize legal action to challenge a controversial new education bill.

Tampa Bay area school districts are still deciding whether to join them.

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A St. Petersburg teacher was surprised with an award and a $25,000 prize during an all-school assembly Thursday.

Lukas Hefty, a science and math coordinator at Douglas Jamerson Jr. Elementary School, is Florida's only recipient of the national Milken Educator Awards. Its aim is to encourage early to mid-career education professionals.

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The Pinellas County School District is investigating a trio of school bus accidents that occurred Tuesday.

On the first day back to school following winter break, one school bus driver was charged with a DUI after her bus was rear-ended.

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Authorities say three Pinellas County school buses crashed on the first day back from winter break, although no students were injured.

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The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into the “disproportionate discipline” of black students and students with disabilities at Pinellas County Schools.

If you're giving a PowerPoint presentation to hundreds of teenagers and the focus is financial literacy, you might want to consider booking a rock band as the opening act.


School Tax Referendum on Ballot In Pinellas County in November

Oct 24, 2016
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About 115 music students from Seminole Middle School are on stage taking direction from Sarah Charness-- a classically trained violinist who seems more like a rock star. Maybe it’s her hot pink electric violin or the fact that she's played Madison Square Garden, but either way she's grabbed the students’ attention as she coaches them on how to end a song with flourish by raising their bows in the air.  

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When kids gaze up at the moon -- many dream about becoming astronauts. But how many look to the sea for similar inspiration?

The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the planet's surface and less than five percent of it has been studied.  But at least one submarine pilot is working to motivate a new generation of ocean explorers.

At a Pinellas County summer camp -- middle school girls learn about marine technology.   

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The upcoming end of the school year was the perfect reason for students from USF St. Petersburg and Fairmount Park Elementary School to hit Tampa Bay recently.

The day brought together students from USFSP’s College of Education and Outdoor Leadership Program and about a dozen high-performing fifth graders from the St. Petersburg-based school.

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Pinellas County School principals are getting some extra advice from local business leaders. 

The cohorts gathered in Largo Wednesday to share what they’ve learned as part of a statewide education initiative.

The Executive PASS program teams a business leader and principal for a school year in an effort to improve school and student performance.  The program operates in about 125 schools in four Florida counties.

US Education Department To Investigate Pinellas Schools

Apr 5, 2016
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The U.S. Department of Education says it is launching a civil rights investigation into whether the Pinellas County School District is systematically discriminating against black children.

Pinellas Teachers Make Back-To-School House Calls

Aug 24, 2015
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At the beginning of each school year, making new students feel welcome and building a rapport with them is a big part of getting off to a smooth start. And at one Pinellas County middle school, teachers and staff aren't waiting for the students to come to them.

It's no secret that not every student is excited about going back to school at the end of summer.

On the first day of school some will be waiting at the bus stop with a backpack of new notebooks and a stomach full of butterflies.

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A day after the Pinellas County Schools Superintendent announced changes to five failing St. Petersburg elementary schools, the U.S. Department of Education has been asked to review county programs serving poor children. 

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The Pinellas County School District has issued a response to a Tampa Bay Times investigation into the district's lowest performing schools -- saying, " the road to transformation begins with solutions, not blame."

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The Tampa Bay Times just completed an investigation into a group of low-performing elementary schools in black neighborhoods of southern Pinellas County -- schools that they're calling "Failure Factories." WUSF's Robin Sussingham spoke with reporters Michael LaForgia and Cara Fitzpatrick... and asked what they discovered about those schools that made them want to dig deeper:

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During a time when many Florida counties were cutting back on summer school due to a lack of money, Pinellas County started expanding theirs using a combination of federal and state funds. And attendance over the past three summers has more than doubled.

Across Florida, more than 288,000 students were enrolled in summer classes in 2014. Nearly 15,000 of them are now enrolled in Pinellas County schools. One of those is Campbell Park Elementary, where the Summer Bridge Program is now under way.

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A college education is generally considered a student's best shot at getting a good job these days, and it's often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college.

But there's one group that has been quietly excluded from that process.

A program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  is giving these students college experience that while it's not a traditional degree, it's giving them a head start on their career goals.

Making Sense of Robocall Abuse

Aug 26, 2013
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We talk a lot about new media... and usually we're talking about things like blogs, "Facebook", "Twitter", "Tumblr" and the like.

But what about robocalls -- automated phone calls -- especially from government agencies like boards of elections and school districts.

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Most kids are heading back to school in Florida next week.  But before they can sit down in a classroom, many will have to sit down in the doctor's office for required vaccinations or a physical. 

 

That presents a dilemma for kids from families who are uninsured or underinsured. Lindsey Hernandez and her children have insurance through Medicaid. But that doesn't mean it's easy or convenient to get health care. At a back-to-school health fair last weekend at St. Petersburg College, four of her children got free physicals.