Gibson, the Hillsborough school district's consultant, picks apart classroom practices in final report04/20/17K12
TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District shows promise in budgeting and teacher training, but has gaps in technology and its education of disabled students.
These are among hundreds of observations in the third and final report from the Gibson Consulting Group , hired last year for an audit as the district struggled to reverse four years of steep financial losses....
To read the full Phase III report from the Gibson Consulting Group to the Hillsborough County School District, click on these links:
TAMPA — Hillsborough County school officials said Tuesday that they are willing to enlist an unlikely ally — charter schools — as they tackle a looming financial crunch brought on by growth in the coming years.
With the district facing at least $1 billion in construction needs on top of close to another $1 billion in debt, School Board chairwoman Cindy Stuart said, "I think this is an amazing opportunity for us to, as much as I don't want to say it out loud, partner with charters."...
It's been nearly two weeks since the Tampa Bay Times submitted a public records request for communications to and from the Hillsborough County School District's public relations firm, Tucker/Hall; and between senior administrators about how they would create and communicate the bell time plan....
Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins has faced his share of tough issues during his nearly two years in office. Most recently, he's dealt with plans, since delayed, to alter school start times as a way to save millions of dollars in busing. He recently spoke with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board about his tenure, and what lies ahead. Today's podcast includes extended excerpts from that session....
TAMPA — Already nearly $1 billion in debt and stammering over what time to start school days, the Hillsborough County School District faces more upheaval from a population boom that promises to further strain its finances and test its political will for the next 15 years.
An average of 10,000 new homes will be permitted each year in that time, mostly in southeastern Hillsborough, requiring 23 to 38 new schools and frequent changes in attendance zone boundaries, according to a report by the Tindale Oliver consulting firm....
TAMPA — Families in Hillsborough County have another year to adjust to planned schedule changes in the public schools.
While superintendent Jeff Eakins will recommend new hours at a special School Board meeting on April 25, the schedule would not take effect until August 2018.
"All the questions that people don't have all the answers to yet, this will give us time to provide clarity," he said....
Superintendent Jeff Eakins is expected to decide soon how much of a bell time change he will recommend to the Hillsborough County School Board.
A specially called board meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on April 25. An agenda should be posted a week in advance. But, if Eakins decides to put the bell schedule issue entirely on hold, that meeting would not be needed.
Eakins said last week he is likely to go ahead with at least some of the plan, in the interest of getting students to school on time and saving $2.7 million a year....
TAMPA — The challenges facing public schools were too numerous to cover in two hours, and the small crowd included a visible row of people who like private school scholarships.
But Saturday's Real Talk gathering touched on the high points: racial disparities, fast-paced legislative decisions and competing demands on limited funds.
"I care about the kid that's being left behind in public schools," said state Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, before praising a program that uses state tax credits to help families pay for private school....
This April 3 post by Edison Elementary School teacher Ebou Howard is burning up Facebook, and was shared this morning on our own Facebook site.
Howard, also a gospel musician, posted that he is tired of seeing teachers blamed for students' lack of academic progress when, in their preschool years, many are not taught their alphabet, numbers and colors or how to behave. Parents won't even show up for conference night. "Tumbleweeds," he wrote....
TAMPA – Darcel Codrington and Richard Grayes never stopped smiling as they faced each other Monday across an interview table.
Codrington, who teaches second grade at suburban Symmes Elementary, was ready for a challenge now that her own children have moved on to middle school.
Grayes, the principal of Clair Mel Elementary, wanted to know if she could handle the stress at a school where the poverty rate is nearly twice as high....
We've been following closely the Hillsborough County School District's efforts to change school hours. A comprehensive plan was expected to come before the School Board on April 25, to take effect on Aug. 10. Now it's looking more like a piece of the plan will be approved for immediate implementation, with the district delaying the rest for a year.
While things were in flux at the time of our print deadline, we thought we would answer questions that parents and teachers have posed since the idea was made public in late March....
Community leaders in Tampa will gather Saturday morning near the University of South Florida to discuss education equity - and how to get more of it.
Real Talk represents a joint venture between the Florida PTA, Florida Council of Churches, NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens and other organizations.
"The mission of Real Talk is to bring more diverse voices to the table to better meet the needs of all Florida students," says a notice that went out this week. "Real Talk wants residents of Tampa and surrounding communities to seize this opportunity to ask important questions and be heard on the education issues that matter most to them."...
04/11/17 BlogHow definite is Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins about the bell time proposal?He's certain something has to change. But how much and how fast are very much up in the air, he said Tuesday.
Parents who responded to the Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins' call for comments about proposed changes to the bell schedule are, for the most part, unhappy about the plan.
A review of more than 400 emails sent to the district last week showed the comments were against the plan by a margin of four to one compared with those in favor....