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Hillsborough County Public Schools stresses importance of VPK enrollment

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is stressing the importance of the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program, otherwise known as VPK, and how it prepares student’s to hit the ground running when they start Kindergarten.

The district’s VPK program saw a decline in enrollment due to the pandemic last year. Right now, HCPS has about 500 students enrolled in the Summer VPK program, which is up from last summer but still lower than the nearly 800 students enrolled the summer prior to the pandemic.

Hillsborough School Board surprises, saying no to six charters

In a stunning departure from past practice, the Hillsborough County School Board has denied six charter school proposals, leaving educational opportunities uncertain for as many as 3,600 students and setting up a political battle with Florida’s Republican leaders.

Job cuts coming to Hillsborough County schools, but who gets cut uncertain

TAMPA, Fla. - Hillsborough County Public Schools is preparing to cut as many as 1,000 jobs. The final decisions about who gets cut have not yet to be made, but it's an issue that's been plaguing the district for months.

Hillsborough needs drastic steps to tame school budget, officials say

TAMPA — At the rate they are going, Hillsborough County School District leaders said Tuesday, the nation’s seventh-largest school system might run out of money by June.

Money woes continue to dog Hillsborough school system

TAMPA — When Hillsborough County School Board members vote Tuesday on a $3.2 billion budget, they will do so with the knowledge that their leadership team is calling for a year of belt-tightening, and maybe two.

Reserve funds have dropped by $32 million since a year ago, superintendent Addison Davis told the board last week in a review session to prepare for Tuesday’s televised meeting.

Coronavirus forces USF, state universities to cut budgets

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing significant budget cuts at the University of South Florida and other schools in the State University System.

Officials at USF say they are consulting with college deans as they decide where to trim, and are in the early stages of the process. But they have already submitted a list of $36.7 million in proposed cuts for this year to the state Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 state universities. Proposals for further cuts next year of up to 15 percent will be submitted to the USF Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

Hillsborough Schools Moving Ahead With Fall Plans, With Contingencies

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Superintendent Addison Davis wants to cut $7.5 million in district level positions.

Florida’s public schools will be closed, stay online for school year, DeSantis says

Florida’s public schools will remain closed and stay online through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his unilateral decision at a press conference Saturday.

All Florida public schools to remain closed through at least May 1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Closures for all public schools in Florida have been extended until May 1.

School districts across the state and here locally started sharing the news of the extended closures Monday afternoon. Districts say schools will be closed until at least Friday, May 1.

Florida public school campuses closed until April 15, state cancels all testing for K-12 schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida officials announced Tuesday they will eliminate testing requirements this spring for public-school students and extend the time in which kids will learn from home, as the state continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said testing requirements for school-readiness, voluntary pre-kindergarten and public-school programs will be canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: 7/27/21 @ 4 PM

901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa Fl, 33602

In the Tampa Bay area school districts are entrusted with multi billion dollar budgets that directly impact over 500,000 students, 50,000 employees and thousands of vendors and service providers.

Elected school boards in each of the counties are tasked with overseeing these dollars and providing oversight.

Ultimately, however,it falls upon the citizenry to monitor the conduct and expenditures of public dollars and the quality of education being provided to children.

Reports of many children struggling to attain a quality education have been featured prominently in the local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Please consider attending an upcoming school board meeting to add your voice to the call for a high quality education for all children.