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New Hernando schools superintendent hopes to restore trust in district

New Hernando schools superintendent hopes to restore trust in district

BROOKSVILLE — As the new, temporary superintendent of Hernando County schools, John Stratton is tasked with more than running a school district. He’s putting a community back together.The firing of his former boss and predecessor Lori Romano left a w...
Published: 07/03/18
Trump to rescind Obama-era guidance on affirmative action

Trump to rescind Obama-era guidance on affirmative action

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to rescind Obama-era guidance that encouraged schools to take a person’s race into account to encourage diversity in admissions, a U.S. official said Tuesday.The shift would give schools and universitie...
Published: 07/03/18
A teacher, a bus driver, a retired cop: Meet some of Florida’s new school officers

A teacher, a bus driver, a retired cop: Meet some of Florida’s new school officers

LARGO — They came together Monday morning from different paths.A school bus driver who loves her students enough to want to protect them. A former campus security guard and father of three who has taught his children to be prepared for anything. A sc...
Published: 07/02/18
In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

Times Staff WriterTAMPA — With her first campaign for state office barely off the ground, Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces an organized effort by opponents of the charter school movement to keep her out of Tallahassee.Valdes...
Published: 07/02/18
It’s harder than ever to get into USF. Some worry about the downside.

It’s harder than ever to get into USF. Some worry about the downside.

TAMPA — It’s a joke among some alumni: No way would I get into the University of South Florida today. Not with USF’s shiny new rankings and growing clout as a college destination. Not with its rising GPA and SAT averages. And especially not now, as t...
Updated one month ago
Plato Academy leader Steve Christopoulos dies in Costa Rica

Plato Academy leader Steve Christopoulos dies in Costa Rica

Steve Christopoulos, the CEO of one of the largest charter school operators in the Tampa Bay area, died Wednesday in Costa Rica.The 59-year-old was vacationing there with his three daughters, according to the company. Christopoulos was the CEO and pr...
Updated one month ago
State grades push Hillsborough into an unexpected wave of principal transfers

State grades push Hillsborough into an unexpected wave of principal transfers

TAMPA — Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins appointed 18 principals on Tuesday, so many and with so little notice for some that two members of the School Board tried to delay their approval.Eakins said he had little choice after this week’s relea...
Updated one month ago
Romano out. Stratton in. Hernando school officials hire replacement superintendent

Romano out. Stratton in. Hernando school officials hire replacement superintendent

BROOKSVILLE — Despite hearing a handful of pleas to reinstate Superintendent Lori Romano, Hernando County school officials cemented their decision Tuesday by hiring her temporary replacement.Board members voted unanimously to approve a contract with ...
Updated one month ago
Despite job cuts, two Hillsborough school officials stay on at top pay

Despite job cuts, two Hillsborough school officials stay on at top pay

TAMPA — As it shrinks its workforce by close to 2,000 jobs to save money, the Hillsborough County School District is keeping two high-earning administrators whose positions were to be eliminated at the end of June.Wynne Tye and Larry Sykes, whose com...
Published: 06/26/18
Updated: 07/02/18
Epilogue: Sylvia Carley guided colleagues with a loving hand

Epilogue: Sylvia Carley guided colleagues with a loving hand

TAMPA — Longtime Hillsborough Community College administrator Sylvia Marion Carley always found time for family, the community, or the next generation of educators — what she called "My Colleagues." It took only one phone call for her to stop and hel...
Updated one month ago