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Maximo Elementary principal sued by employee fired after reporting abuse

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A principal assigned to improve one of Pinellas County’s infamous “failure factories” is being sued by a co-worker who reported a student assault, and was fired for her trouble. Lakisha Falana, 42, is principal of Maximo Elementary School, which she took over after the school received three consecutive “F” grades. Falana was previously principal at Tarpon Springs Elementary before she took over the Maximo job in 2014. Emily Marie Vaultonburg, a 35-year-old St. Petersburg resident, served as a behavior specialist…

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Tampa Bay Times investigation into Pinellas schools wins IRE national investigative reporting prize

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The Tampa Bay Times “Failure Factories” series of stories investigating how the Pinellas County School District served black students has won a prestigious national IRE Medal for investigative reporting, the international journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors announced. The Times project, published in three parts plus a prologue last August, explored what is described in the project’s opening paragraph as how, “In just eight years, Pinellas County School Board members turned five schools in the county’s black neighborhoods into some of…

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New early childhood education tool available in St. Petersburg

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Early childhood education has been at the center of much debate over how to improve educational outcomes for students. That conversation has become prevalent in St. Pete where five elementary schools are chronically failing. Officials and elected leaders in the city have suggested finding money in the city’s budget to increase availability of pre-k programs above and beyond the VPK already available to 4-year-olds. While that goal may be long-term and potentially costly, the city is launching another option. Miss…

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Bill Dudley running for Pinellas School Board to offer fresh set of eyes

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Former St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley is running for Pinellas County School Board. Dudley is the third candidate to enter the race to replace three-term board member Janet Clark. Clark has not filed for re-election yet, but said she plans to. Dudley joins retired Gulfport Elementary teacher Joanne Lentino and SPC adjunct professor Matthew Stewart in the race. “I’ve been an educator all my professional life,” Dudley said of his decision to run. “The only time I haven’t…

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Two file to run against Pinellas County School Board member Janet Clark

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Two Pinellas County educators have filed to run for Pinellas County School Board. One is a former elementary school teacher, the other an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College. The two are vying to unseat incumbent Janet Clark. Joanne Lentino is a former Gulfport Elementary first grade teacher and a familiar face in the St. Pete progressive activism circles. Matt Stewart currently serves as the deputy director for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and teaches ethics at SPC. The at-large…

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“Failure Factories” takes first prize in Philip Meyer Award for investigative journalism

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The Tampa Bay Times is walking way with a First Place win in the prestigious Philip Meyer Award for investigative reporters and editors. Times writers Cara Fitzpatrick, Michael LaForgia, Lisa Gartner, Nathaniel Lash and Connie Humburg took top honors in the 2015 award for their “Failure Factories” investigation The expose uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools all located in the poor communities of South St. Pete. The schools, once performing on par with other average schools, nose-dived into failing following…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump in the Bay: Tampa Bay Times and the Mosley Motel

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Toast to the Bay: The Tampa Bay Times It’s not every day you catch us folks at SaintPetersBlog praising the Tampa Bay Times. But we like to give credit where credit is due. The Investigative Reporters and Editors group awarded a handful of Times talent its prestigious Philip Meyer Award for investigative journalism for the “Failure Factories” report. No group of reporters, and the subsequent expose, could be more deserving. Named in the award were Cara Fitzpatrick, Michael LaForgia, Lisa…

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