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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.

Hillsborough officials vow to cut suspensions to keep kids in school and out of jail

TAMPA — From the list of zero-tolerance offenses to the length of time kids are kept out of school, Hillsborough County students can expect dramatic changes in discipline this fall.

Dreams of scholarships push Park City's Latinos in Action students

Park City, Utah - It used to be different.

But that was a long time ago, said Anna Williams, adviser for the Park City High School Latinos in Action Club. Now, going to college is an expectation for her students.

"When I started here 10 years ago, college wasn't a part of our conversation," Williams said. "It was like, 'Let's make it from today until tomorrow. Let's get through this class.' Now, I'm asking the sophomores, 'What college will you attend?' It's not even an "if."

Hillsborough school leaders search for clues to lagging graduation rate

TAMPA — Trying to improve Hillsborough County's lagging graduation rate, acting superintendent Jeff Eakins started with a question: What is keeping kids off the stage?

Justice Department will investigate Tampa police

Tampa, Florida -- The Department of Justice is launching a probe into traffic citations issued by Tampa police.

Chief Jane Castor and the city requested the DOJ to get involved after a Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed that 79 percent of people cited for bicycle violations were black.

Jeff Eakins is next Hillsborough superintendent

Tampa - After a tense night that had Hillsborough County School Board members trading jabs, the district will likely have a new superintendent.

The School Board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to offer the full time superintendent job to current Deputy Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

The divided board had a heated discussion that lasted hours. Members debated whether to hire a national search firm to find a candidate.

Hillsborough School Board votes to dump Superintendent MaryEllen Elia's contract

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent was released Tuesday by the school board in a move that terminates her contract and will result in a buyout of about $1.1 million by a vote count of 4-3.

Lawsuit: Child died because Tampa school waited to call 911

TAMPA — A 6-year-old child died at Seminole Heights Elementary School after he stopped breathing and school staff waited too long to call 911, according to a lawsuit expected to be filed Friday in federal court in Tampa.

The Maher Law Firm, which also represented the family of Isabella Herrera, the Hillsborough child who died following a ride home in 2012 on a school bus, is representing the family of Keith Coty, who died Jan. 17, 2014.

Events
Hillsborough County School Workshop- 12/18 @ 9 AM

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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.