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More High-School Grads Forgo College in Hot Labor Market

More high-school graduates are being diverted from college campuses by brighter prospects for blue-collar jobs in a historically strong labor market for less-educated workers.

The college enrollment rate for recent U.S. high-school graduates, ages 16 to 24, declined to 62% last year from 66.2% in 2019, just before the pandemic began, according to the latest Labor Department data. The rate topped out at 70.1% in 2009.

Hillsborough school board passes school boundary changes, votes to close Just Elementary School

TAMPA, Fla. - In its first vote on Superintendent Addison Davis' proposed school boundary change, the Hillsborough County school board approved the changes in a 4-3 vote.

The board also decided to close Just Elementary School in a 4-3 vote.

Job fair helps hundreds of Bay Area high school seniors land jobs before graduation

TAMPA, Fla. — With graduation approaching for many high school seniors, the question of what comes next is pressing.

Career fair in Tampa Bay looks to fill bilingual positions

TAMPA, Fla. — A series of hiring events are back this month thanks to the Future Career Academy and Best Florida Jobs. They offer students and adults career opportunities aside from college.

Future Career Academy scales up, ready to provide workers to Hillsborough County businesses

The workforce program started in Plant City and is now in all 24 Hillsborough County high schools.

Hillsborough school board again delays vote on changing attendance boundaries

Superintendent Addison Davis listened Tuesday as Black community leaders criticized his latest plan to change attendance boundaries for Hillsborough County Public Schools.

He listened as East Hillsborough residents complained about a recent change that would move close to 300 students from Bloomingdale High School to Brandon

Future Career Academy partners with businesses to inspire Hillsborough County students

Jose Colindres, executive director of the Brink Foundation that has partnered with the program, said about 70% of students in Hillsborough County don’t go to college and choose career pathways instead.

Schools face pressure to take harder line on discipline

As kids’ behavior reaches crisis points after the stress and isolation of pandemic shutdowns, many schools are facing pressure from critics to rethink their approaches to discipline — including policies intended to reduce suspensions and expulsions.

Expecting pushback, Florida school boards work to perfect boundary changes

The big news: Ask any school board member, and they’ll tell you that redrawing attendance zones ranks among the most difficult decisions of the job.

Particularly when no new schools are being added to the equation, families fight changes that might send their children to different schools....

7 Florida Schools Receive Funding to Develop Community Partnership Schools

The UCF Center for Community Schools awarded seven schools up to $80,000 each as part of the Community School Grant Program, which was established by the Florida Legislature. Among the winners are Blanche H. Daughtrey Elementary, Caribbean K-8, Colonial Elementary, Jefferson K-12, JFK Middle, Lake Worth High and Pine Forest High.

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Hillsborough County School Board Meeting: 4/16/24 @ 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.