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Teacher hiring freeze in Hillsborough could impact disadvantaged students the most

TAMPA — With classes starting in under two months, the Hillsborough County School District has frozen teacher hiring as it takes stock of its needs.

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

Courtesy busing cuts clear the Hillsborough School Board, affecting 7,500 students

TAMPA — After an hour-long debate, the Hillsborough County School Board voted 6-1 Tuesday to end bus transportation for nearly 7,500 middle and high school students who live within 2 miles of their schools.

How Much Graduates Earn Drives More College Rankings

PayScale introduced its first college salary report in 2008, and the College Scorecard from the federal government followed last year, ushering an elephant into the hallowed halls of college admissions: What do the schools’ graduates actually earn?

Consultant advises Hillsborough school district to shed more than 1,700 jobs

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District can save $404 million over five years, a consultant says. But to do so, it will need to phase out 1,761 front-line jobs, more than half held by teachers.

Tampa Neighborhood Commits To Help Troubled School

Mort Elementary School is one of Tampa’s lowest-performing elementary schools situated in one the most troubled neighborhoods in Hillsborough County.

In 25 years though, officials are hoping it will be a model of success.

Hillsborough schools to shelve Gates-funded system that cost millions to develop

TAMPA — After six years of effort, high hopes and more than $180 million spent, the Hillsborough County school system is unraveling the teacher evaluation system it developed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Top Education Officials Talk Test Proliferation, Quality

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Deputy Education Secretary John B. King Jr. joined others at a panel discussion at the National Press Club on Monday to discuss the state of testing in the nation's schools and efforts to correct what's seen as "overtesting."

Hillsborough School Board hires auditor and buys 200 new buses

TAMPA — Seeking to cure the Hillsborough County school district's budget problems and — in some cases — insulate superintendent Jeff Eakins from blame, the School Board voted Tuesday to hire an outside auditor.

A public defender pushes to keep kids out of jail

The children are brought into court in detention uniforms, blue shirts and khakis, distinguishing them from grown-up inmates in baggy bright orange filling other courtrooms not far away.

Events
Hillsborough County School Board Meeting- 6/27@ 3 PM

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Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center
901 East Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Fl 33602

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In the Tampa Bay area public 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 public 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 public education for all children.