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Some Florida teachers describe student behavior as 'out of control'

TAMPA, Fla. — Images of school fights at a Florida high school are so frequent that there's a social media page dedicated to them. It's the kind of extreme student behavior teachers describe as becoming all too normal on school campuses.

Hillsborough County School Board approved adding a millage referendum on the November 2024 ballot

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — At Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board meeting, school board members approved adding a millage referendum on the November 2024 ballot for voters.

Brink Foundation writes $75,000 check for schools

It takes a combination of growing up with the right learning environment, inspiring teachers, and a good education to impact generations of students.

Little did they know at the time how Tampa schools would change one family forever, inspiring the creation of the Brink Foundation, a private family foundation that aims to improve quality of life in Tampa communities.

Karen Perez elected chairperson of Hillsborough county School Board

Karen Perez was elected chairperson of the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday, replacing two-term chairperson Nadia Combs.

Hillsborough names Van Ayres permanent school superintendent

The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously Thursday to install Ayres on a permanent basis, according to a release from the school district.

Ayres had served as interim superintendent since June, following the resignation of Addison Davis.

Hillsborough Co. Schools and Teachers Association agree to salary increase for teachers

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers and staff could soon see a salary increase.

The school district and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) tentatively agreed to provide salary increases to all instructional staff.

HCPS said the increase is dependent on each instructional employee’s current step level.

Incentive room at Tampa school rewards good behavior with recreation

TAMPA — At his previous stop as principal at Webb Middle School, Frank Diaz borrowed a concept that one of his school administrator friends used at Leto High.

An incentive room.

As Hillsborough’s population booms, its public school enrollment stays flat

Despite a reputation as one of the nation’s hottest markets, with steady population growth since the pandemic, enrollment is dropping in Hillsborough County’s traditional public schools.

Twenty-day student counts released this week show schools run by the school district had a net loss of 1,581 students when compared with the 20th day of 2022-23.

By comparison, charter schools — which get state funding but are managed independently — grew by 2,528 students.

AP Psychology course back in Hillsborough County Public Schools

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Advanced Placement Psychology classes are back at Hillsborough County public schools following a confusing back-and-forth with Florida’s Department of Education.

Hillsborough County Public Schools initially removed the AP class over fears the course went against the state’s new teaching guidelines.

Here’s who Hillsborough Schools leaders voted as their next interim superintendent

TAMPA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously on the next interim superintendent who will be taking over the duties of soon-to-be-former Superintendent Addison Davis.

During a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Chief of Strategic Planning and Partnerships Van Ayres was voted to take on the new role as the county's interim superintendent, effective July 15.

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Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: 6/18/24 @ 4pm

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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.