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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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Commissioner Stewart wants to hear from you

Commissioner Stewart wants to hear from you

Now’s your chance to give the Florida Department of Education your opinion on all things education, including testing and the current accountability system. As the state begins to tackle the implementation of the new national education law (Every Student Succeeds Act) they have set up a website

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Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

Florida House wants to push property tax dollars to unpredictable charters

The Florida House is pushing to force school districts to turn over a portion of local property taxes to charter schools. These schools are housed in privately owned buildings on privately owned land that would be improved with public dollars. Some legislators are pushing to steer more

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Florida’s Board of Ed sets FSA and school grades

Florida’s Board of Ed sets FSA and school grades

Today, Florida’s Board of Education met to determine cut scores for the Florida Standards Assessment tests given last spring. In September, after months of input from a 300 person Reactor Panel and a teacher panel, Commissioner Stewart released her recommended cut scores, or passing rates. The Board

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8 Things You Need To Know About the FSA (and what you can do about it)

8 Things You Need To Know About the FSA (and what you can do about it)

8 Things You Need to Know About FSA Scores (and what you can do about it) The Florida Standard’s Assessment (FSA) was given for the first time last March but final grading for the test has yet to be determined and there’s a lot riding on it. The

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