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Black students sue Pinellas County school district over killing ‘successful’ reading program

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Parents of two Pinellas County students are suing the school district over the cancellation of a “highly effective” reading program for African-American students. They claim it was due to personal animosity toward the program’s founder, who happens to be the attorney representing the plaintiffs. Jadrius Boykin and Malik Williams are African-American students attending schools in Pinellas County’s “Area 3” district. A story published May 15, 2016, suggests Boykin is a student at Melrose Elementary. The boys’ mothers — Tracie Boykin…

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Shock, regret greet news of Bill Law’s resignation

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St. Petersburg College President Bill Law’s announcement Tuesday that he plans to resign no later than July 1 caught people by surprise. Jim Olliver, the retired provost of SPC’s Seminole campus, said the college has a protocol when someone of that level decides to leave. That protocol includes a prepared press release and photo that can be issued right after the announcement. In Law’s case, college officials were left scrambling after his announcement during the Board of Trustees meeting. First,…

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PEMHS honors Kathleen Peters, Michael Grego

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters received the 2016 Pacesetter Award for outstanding service in governmental affairs. The award, from Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, was one of five given out during a banquet Thursday at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. Michael Grego, superintendent of the Pinellas County School System, received a special recognition award. Pinellas Safe Harbor received a Pacesetter award in law enforcement. The other two went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the business division and the Heart…

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Pinellas schools superintendent gets distinguished alumni recognition from USF

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Michael Grego, superintendent of the Pinellas County School System, has received the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award from the University of South Florida College of Education. The annual award is given to a community member who has demonstrated long-term contributions, achievement, and service within education or a related profession — on a local, state, regional, national, and/or global level. “Education is truly a career of service to others, and the programs and faculty of the USF College of Education offer…

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Carol Cook faces rocky road in quest for re-election to the Pinellas School Board

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It’s a tough year to run for office if you’re a Pinellas County School Board member who wants to hang onto your seat. Of the three seats that were up for election this year, one incumbent, Janet Clark, declined to seek re-election. A second, Ken Peluso, was defeated in the Aug. 30 election. The third, long-time board member Carol Cook, is facing a runoff against first-time candidate Eliseo Santana, who retired as a civilian supervisor from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s…

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Southern Poverty Law Center files complaing about Pinellas County School System

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Claiming that black and disabled students are disproportionately arrested and restrained, the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Pinellas County School System. The suit asks that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice investigate and compel Pinellas County Schools to revise its arrest policies and practices. The SPLC also wants the OCR and DOJ to restrict the use of chemical weapons on students; eliminate arrests…

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Pinellas commissioners to county administrator: Find money for school nurses

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Much of Thursday’s discussion about Pinellas County’s budget centered on school nurses – or the lack of them in a proposed spending list for the 2016-17 fiscal year. “The school nurses are not in the recommendations,” Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard told commissioners. It was an unpopular omission from the $15.7 million list. “We’re either going to pay now or later,” Commissioner Karen Seel said. “I’d rather grow healthy children.” Seel was the driving force behind a proposal to shift…

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