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Brink Foundation commits $25,000 to aid students impacted by UTA scholarship crisis.....

Jose Colindres, chief operating officer of the nonprofit Brink Foundation, said his organization will contribute $25,000 to the scholarship effort. He invited students affected to contact his organization. And he criticized Elia for her statements about HCC and USF. "Honestly, the board and the superintendent do not have a lot of credibility with the community when it comes to this particular topic," he said.

Teaching program promised scholarships, but funding efforts are under scrutiny....

TAMPA — Mekka Mason and her parents were thrilled when they learned a Hillsborough County magnet program would help pay for Mekka, the youngest of six children, to go to college and become a teacher.

Launched four years ago, the Urban Teaching Academy promised scholarships and the cost of books to students who completed the program successfully. In return, they agreed to come back to Hillsborough and teach for three years in urban schools.

HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS TO LIMIT OUTSIDE SPEAKERS

TAMPA — In a move that responds to complaints about an Islamic organization, the Hillsborough County School District took a first step Tuesday toward regulating outside speakers in the classroom.

A brief set of guidelines offered by superintendent MaryEllen Elia asks teachers to look for speakers recommended by the district, consult with their principals and refrain from invitations to advocacy organizations.

Some Hillsborough students pass mid-term exams with fewer than half the correct answers

TAMPA — Should your kid get a C on his Algebra 2 Honors midterm exam with more than half the answers wrong?

Sure, says the Hillsborough County School District.

That's ridiculous, says a math teacher at Wharton High School.

"We all are doing these kids a gross disservice," said Maxine Stark, a veteran teacher who's convinced that some of the grades on the report cards issued Friday were too generous.

Hillsborough students slip behind peers in Florida, analysis shows

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school officials are seeing the flip side of living by the numbers. They can make you look spectacular. Or they can mask a world of complications.

State ranks Hillsborough 38 of 67 school districts

TAMPA - We're No. 38.

That's where the Hillsborough County School District ranks among Florida's 67 counties in first-ever rankings released by the Florida Department of Education.

The department issued those rankings this morning based on how students scored on last year's standardized public school examination, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Giving Hope for the Holidays..............

When Charles Brink's company took off and became worth more money than he ever expected, he and his family vowed they would use that blessing to make a difference in other people's lives.

They decided to form the Brink Foundation, an organization that has wowed everyone associated with the donation center at Metropolitan Ministries because of its overwhelming generosity.

Brink Foundation and Metropolitan Ministries partner on Holiday Food and Toy Drive

Charles and Linda Brink rolled up to Metropolitan Ministries' main holiday tent last November with a rental truck so full of food the tires buckled.

After the Brinks, along with their son Chris, helped unload the goods, Linda watched the parents and children who gathered at the tent. They came not only to receive donations but to rest and build their hope in difficult times.

Questions spur review of school service contracts.....

TAMPA -- Questions about a contract for a teen mentoring program have spurred a top-level internal investigation and possible changes in how future agreements are approved and evaluated by Hillsborough County schools.

Brink Foundation supports greater access to public information....

Jose Colindres of The Brink Foundation, a local family organization that works with low-income and minority communities to improve education, thinks the district can do more. He said other professionals, including doctors and lawyers, already provide such information online.

"What's more important than your teachers?'' said Colindres, who argues the results should be made public sooner.

Events
Hillsborough County School Board Meeting - 6/11 @ 4 PM

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Temple Terrace City Hall
11250 N 56th Street
Temple Terrace Fl, 33617

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.