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Jameis Winston: Comments about girls were ‘poor word choice’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of raping another student when he was in college, said he made a “poor word choice” in comments about women in a 40-minute talk to students at a Florida elementary school earlier this week. When the students – third- through fifth-graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg – started getting fidgety, Winston told the boys to stand up, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “All my young boys, stand up. The ladies,…

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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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Rick Kriseman shares jovial conversation with Melrose Elementary students

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman took his city expertise to Melrose Elementary where he spoke with two third grade classes and a group of fourth graders. Kriseman shared his experiences as Mayor as part of the Great American Teach In Wednesday. Kriseman’s choice to volunteer at Melrose Elementary was a strategic one. The school is one of five chronically failing schools in the District and is a hot bed for at-risk youth. But you would never know that from the…

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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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