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Rick Baker emphasizes education issues during fundraiser in south St Pete

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Upon taking the stage Tuesday night, Rick Baker made a promise to the hundreds of supporters in attendance at the Morean Arts Center for Clay. Baker vowed he wouldn’t speak as long as he did on the steps of City Hall two weeks earlier when he officially announced a bid for Mayor of St. Petersburg. He kept to that promise, clocking in with an address that lasted a little more than 22 minutes. While some of it was a rehash of the themes…

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At six Pinellas schools, food and education go hand in hand

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A seven-year-old project seeks to combine education while helping kids from low-income families get fresh foods. The Edible Peace Patch builds educational gardens in Title I elementary schools in Pinellas County, particularly in areas that are “food deserts,” meaning they do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables within a 2-mile radius. Title I school are those with a large population of low-income students. The first garden was built in 2009 at Lakewood Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Since…

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Dad blogger argues ‘Failure Factories’ isn’t as bad as the Tampa Bay Times made out

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Most of us were disgusted over the weekend when we read the Tampa Bay Times investigative analysis “Failure Factories,” which showed five Pinellas County schools were grossly failing to educate its students. Those five schools — Melrose, Campbell Park, Lakewood, Maximo and Fairmount Park – went from being considered average just eight years ago to being in the bottom tier of Florida public schools. Melrose Elementary is ranked the worst elementary school in the state, with Fairmount Park right behind…

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