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  1. Hillsborough teacher survey finds trouble spots amid rosy overall results


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County public school teachers are happy. They feel safe in their schools. Principals give them the materials and help they need.

    McLane Middle School in Brandon, where 83 percent of the teachers say on a new survey that they enjoy working there. The numbers were lower in previous years when the school was struggling with violence. Today, other schools are suffering from low morale, even as overall numbers are positive across the Hillsborough County school district.  The Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning survey was administered between Jan. 9 and March 10. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  2. New Pinellas schools plan touted as 'turning point' that would tackle achievement gap in 10 years


    After more than a year of negotiations, the Pinellas County School District has reached a new agreement in a 16-year-old state lawsuit that accused it of shortchanging black students, unveiling a plan Friday to "greatly narrow" or close the achievement gap within a decade.

    Students gather outside Campbell Park Elementary, one of several schools that would stand to benefit if the Pinellas County’s school district’s new plan to eliminate or narrow the achievement gap is successful. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. With many parents 'on pins and needles,' state releases third-grade reading results


    Florida's third graders got the long-awaited word Friday on state test results that affect whether they move into fourth grade.

    For many, the news was good.

    From left, Marielina Sevilla Cruz and Monica Rosal help Camila Velasquez-Xiquin work on a meteorology assignment during small group learning time in Kathy Bilello's third-grade class at McMullen-Booth Elementary on Friday. Earlier in the day, the state released third-grade reading test results that showed the school increased its pass rate to 66 percent -- a 28-point jump from last year, the largest among Pinellas County's district-operated schools. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]