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Tampa Bay area schools to close ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall

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Many area schools and colleges in the Tampa Bay area have announced plans to shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall this weekend.

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Peggy O’Shea, Rene Flowers to lead Pinellas School Board

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Peggy O’Shea will chair the Pinellas County School Board for another year. O’Shea was chosen to retain her chairmanship of the board during an organizational session Tuesday. Rene Flowers was chosen to be the vice chair. The session also saw the swearing in of two new board members, Joanne Lentino and Eileen Long, and one returning member, Carol Cook. Lentino holds the District 1 at-large seat. Long holds the District 4 seat; Cook, the District 5 seat. O’Shea was elected…

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Carol Cook, Joanne Lentino win at fundraising for the Pinellas School Board

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With the final financial reports in before Tuesday’s election, the fundraising winners for the two available seats on the Pinellas County School Board are Joanne Lentino and Carol Cook. Lentino, a retired teacher, has raised a total of $38,588 in her run for the District 1 seat on the board. Her opponent is Matt Stewart, an HR manager over talent management for Hillsborough County and a member of the adjunct faculty at St. Petersburg College. Stewart has raised a total…

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Former St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley endorses Joanne Lentino

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Former St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the Pinellas County School Board District 1 seat. “Joanne Lentino is the only Pinellas County public school teacher running in this race with 10 years of experience teaching full time in our schools before she recently retired, “ Dudley said. He added, “Endorsed by teachers and support professionals, Joanne will work full time for Pinellas families and represent our community well on the Pinellas County School Board…

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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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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 County School District wants parents to attend “univeristy”

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If ever there was a public agency charged with paying close attention to spellcheck and committed to giving written correspondence a second glance before distributing, it’s a school district. But alas, the Pinellas County School District seems too much in a hurry to hit the send button to be bothered with things as silly as spelling. Literacy be damned. In an email blast to parents Thursday inviting them to participate in a free workshop Saturday, someone over at the district…

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