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Special Olympians shine at county summer games

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:06:00 -0500

NEW PORT RICHEY — It was one of those perfect days, when sunscreen and shade are in high demand, smiles are aplenty and the camaraderie on the field trumps the thrill of victory.About 600 Special Olympians and unified athletes from west Pasco schools came out to compete in the Pasco County Special(image)

Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:24:00 -0500

ZEPHRYHILLS — On a Thursday morning in a small warehouse off Gall Boulevard, a well-oiled machine of goodwill is cranking. At the Thomas Promise Foundation, volunteers Carlos and Robin Clothier, pack boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, apple sauce, breakfast cereal and other non-perishable(image)

‘Blind Side’ star delivers message to Newsome High kids

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:32:00 -0500

LITHIA — Students, faculty and staff recently scurried inside the Newsome High School gym for a morning assembly to hear a message about bullying from a man who kids once taunted.Newsome’s principal Carla Bruning invited actor Quinton Aaron, star of the 2009 film The Blind Side, to share his story(image)

Spoto High helps students un-bottle emotions with Challenge Day

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:19:00 -0500

RIVERVIEW — Spoto High School English Department Head Adam Sherman can’t help but wonder if a program he introduced to Spartan students could have changed the trajectory of Nickolas Cruz’s life before he gunned down and killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day at Parkland Marjory Stoneman High School.At(image)

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:39:00 -0500

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up on Facebook.A parent posted that she called the school(image)

Arming teachers? Some officials like the idea, but many educators don’t (w/video)

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:41:00 -0500

With high school students from Parkland in the Capitol this week advocating for gun control, the bill that would have allowed superintendents and principals to designate trained employees who can carry concealed weapons at school didn’t get heard as scheduled. That did not stop debate over the(image)

Collards, ribs and Kool-Aid: Black History Month menu at NYU stirs controversy

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:17:00 -0500

NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a dining hall at New York University advertised a special meal in honor of Black History Month. On the menu? Barbecue ribs, cornbread, collard greens, and two beverages with racist connotations: Kool-Aid and watermelon-flavored water.Nia Harris, a sophomore in NYU’s College(image)

How will Douglas High students go back to class? There’s now a plan in place.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:19:00 -0500

When students return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High for the first time next Tuesday, they will be greeted by additional counselors and law enforcement."There will be a plethora of counselors and services at the school," Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday following a(image)

School shooter may get inheritance — and be ordered to spend it on legal bills

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:47:00 -0500

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears to have been in line for a sizable inheritance. He’ll never get to spend it — except perhaps on defense attorneys.The amount could be enough to compel a judge to order him to hire a private lawyer, rather than be represented by the taxpayer-funded(image)

Pasco County schools, dealing with threats, warn students of consequences

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:17:00 -0500

DADE CITY — A Pasco High School student was taken into custody Tuesday amid accusations of threatening violence against the school. The campus was not at risk, school district officials said. But they made clear they take each threat seriously, and that making claims — even in jest — is a criminal(image)

Protests, vigils just the beginning for students

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:34:00 -0500

290. That’s the number of school shootings since 2013. e_SPar That’s the number of school names written in colored chalk on the sidewalks of Henry B. Plant High School in South Tampa, stretching the length of the school’s front pavement.On Feb. 15, 16 Plant High seniors gathered to create a chalk(image)

Officers: When an active shooter attacks, survive by taking action

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:33:00 -0500

LARGO — An Illinois teacher used confrontation. A campus safety monitor in Seattle attacked with pepper spray and physical force. An assistant football coach in Indiana shouted as he chased him into the woods.All were civilians who took down an active shooter instead of hiding, and they saved lives.(image)

Under a new law, some public schools will be managed by companies. Pinellas is getting ready

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:48:00 -0500

LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members are not happy about the prospect of having to hand over academic control at three struggling schools to a private company, and paying the firm up to $2 million on top of it. But that’s the course they must take under a state law that goes into effect(image)

Lawsuit accuses FSU fraternity, national chapter of negligence in pledge’s death

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:06:00 -0500

The parents of Andrew Coffey, the Florida State University student who died from alcohol poisoning after an apparent hazing episode last year, have sued the national Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and nine of its members for their son’s death.Coffey, who was 20, died on the porch of a Tallahassee home(image)

Upset by grade, Robinson High student threatens to shoot up campus, police say

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:58:00 -0500

Schools nationwide are on heightened alert in the wake of last week’s fatal shootings in Broward County, and in the Tampa area, that means official warnings about social media posts and more calls for police action.Two Tampa boys, one 15 and one 16, were arrested this week for making unrelated(image)

Schools, Tampa police warn against ‘misleading’ school security reports

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:31:00 -0500

TAMPA — During a news conference Tuesday morning, Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan warned against misleading investigators with reports about school security."Spread the word," the school said in a tweet Tuesday morning. "If you’re creating false(image)

‘I would take a bullet for the kids’; Teachers struggle with life-and-death realities after school shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:52:00 -0500

TAMARAC — The shooting was all over, but the emotional reckoning had just begun, and so on Saturday the teachers of Broward County in Florida packed their union hall to discuss what it meant to have become the nation’s human shields."Last night I told my wife I would take a bullet for the kids,"(image)

Today: Senate to put its own stamp on Florida education proposals

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:12:00 -0500

The massive education measure known as House Bill 7055 has received plenty of attention during the legislative session, with its emphasis on decertifying teachers’ unions and using state-backed scholarship programs to steer kids away from public schools. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to weigh in with(image)

Pasco sixth-graders might get to play school sports

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:59:00 -0500

Pasco County middle schools are making plans to allow sixth-graders to participate on sports teams next year for the first time.District athletic director Matt Wicks plans to bring a policy revision proposal to the School Board in the next few months to make the change official. He said he did not(image)

ROTC leader shocked that accused school shooter 1 of his own

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:06:00 -0500

PARKLAND, Fla. — The sound of gunfire still ringing in his ears after his mad half-mile sprint, Jack Ciaramello was standing with friends in a grocery store parking lot when a sheriff’s deputy approached. He asked the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior if he knew a former student named Nikolas(image)

Local singers, pianist and poet perform at benefit

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:59:00 -0500

NEW TAMPA — A barbershop quartet, a pianist and Tampa’s poet laureate are set to perform at "An Extravaganza of the Arts’’ from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24) at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.The event, at 5811 Tampa Palms Boulevard, is a fundraiser for the Tampa branch of the American(image)

From meek to militant: The Florida teachers strike that unsettled a nation and fueled a movement

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

Some teachers left goodbye messages to their students on classroom blackboards. Others cleared their desks.It was Feb. 16, 1968, a Friday, and a sign of what was coming that Monday in Florida: the nation’s first statewide teachers strike.When schools opened their doors that day a half-century ago,(image)

Principal of a pained Stoneman Douglas High just sent a message to his students

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:50:00 -0500

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High principal Ty Thompson exuded deep emotion and a positive view forward in his first public comments since Wednesday’s mass shooting that killed 17 people.In the two-minute video posted on the school’s website and YouTube, the Parkland school leader called the shooting(image)

50 years ago, Florida teachers walked off their jobs. Today’s union leaders are inspired

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:27:00 -0500

Ulysses Floyd remembers February 1968 all too well.Teachers by the thousands walked off their jobs across Florida. Among their concerns: low pay, poor funding, a lack of planning time, missing materials, and more. "We were at the mercy of the School Board and what they wanted to do," said Floyd,(image)

Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:08:00 -0500

TAMPA — "Elevate," a Hillsborough County School District initiative that was to focus on seven troubled schools and use them as models for dozens more, is becoming but a memory as the district seeks instead to support all schools equally."We’re more engaged than ever in doing that work,"(image)