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Florida politicians poised to funnel millions to unproven charters

Florida politicians poised to funnel millions to unproven charters

A bill being negotiated in backrooms of Tallahassee would send $200 million to charter schools to turnaround under-performing schools in primarily low income neighborhoods. The bill was once called “schools of success” but politicians changed it to “schools of hope.” As Duval Schools Superintendent Vitti wrote in

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Grad Day for Tampa Bay a HUGE success!

Grad Day for Tampa Bay a HUGE success!

Grad Day for Tampa Bay 2017 was a huge success! Held Thursday, March 2nd in the Hilton Tampa Downtown, students and community members from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties came together to raise graduation rates for the entire region by focusing on building youth-adult partnerships. The students were

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DeVos Confirmed in Historic Tie Breaker

DeVos Confirmed in Historic Tie Breaker

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as the Secretary of Education today. Advocacy forced the vote to a historic 50-50 tie. Students need your voices now more than ever. Sign up today to stay informed and be an education advocate: Read more about the vote from

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4 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Unqualified to be Secretary of Education

4 Reasons Betsy DeVos is Unqualified to be Secretary of Education

  Betsy DeVos is an extremely controversial pick for Secretary of Education. Her three hour confirmation hearing featured many uncomfortable exchanges and left many senators formally requesting an additional hearing which was denied. The vote to confirm or deny will be held on January 31st. Here is what

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Students use their power to raise grad rates

Students use their power to raise grad rates

Graduation rates rise; students make a difference We received an early present this year! Graduation rates are up again! We are thrilled to have partnered with Hillsborough County Public Schools to increase the number of students who are graduating. According to new information released from the Florida Department

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STEM Family Night provides hands on learning

STEM Family Night provides hands on learning

Last night, we hosted a STEM Family Night at Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus with Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and Hillsborough County Public Schools. This invitation only event was sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center and is a project of the Tampa Bay STEM Network of

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Want to raise graduation rates? Ask these kids

Want to raise graduation rates? Ask these kids

The Alliance firmly believes that students know the solutions to barriers that prevent them from graduating. However, they must have input with decision makers in order to affect change. The Alliance provides them leadership training and empowers their voice. In partnership with principals and districts, we provide the

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This is what 40,000 books for kids looks like!

This is what 40,000 books for kids looks like!

Partners come together for kids Last week we joined with other organizations to give away 40,000 FREE books to kids in the greater Tampa Bay area! Thanks to a sponsorship by Wipro and the American Federation of Teachers- area non-profits received a semi-tractor trailer full of children’s books

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August election will determine important school board races

August election will determine important school board races

Numerous school board seats across the state are on the August 30th ballot. Many of these races will be won or lost that day while candidates that fail to secure at least 51% of the vote will face a runoff election on November 8th. In addition, many

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Parent involvement is the key to success

Parent involvement is the key to success

This week marks the beginning of a new school year for many districts around Florida with the rest following next week. In a recent editorial, the Tampa Bay Times reminds us that parents play a pivotal role for students. Studies show that parent involvement in school, academics and

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