Putting Education Reform To The Test

Ashley Lopez

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Students Riding School Buses Must Pass Through Security Checkpoints for RNC

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Hillsborough County schools are warning parents now: There will be traffic the week of the RNC.

The Republican National Convention is expected to take over large parts of Tampa starting Monday—and immense traffic and congestion will likely flood some streets in the city.

But the Hillsborough County School District has a plan to help students to school on time.

Schools between the Davis Islands and Harbor Island area would be affected by RNC traffic, as well as Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle and Plant High schools.

District officials are telling Davis Islands and Harbor Island parents to put their kids on school buses, instead of weathering some tough traffic in their cars.

Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia told media outlets she wants parents in those areas to prepare to rely on school buses—who would be taking special routes, The Tampa Tribune reported. Continue Reading

Federal Immigration Order Brings Relief For Florida Students

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Activists Cheryl Little and several DREAM Act supporters held a press conference at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus on Friday.

Young immigrant rights activists in Miami are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief.

President Barack Obama announced that undocumented young people in the U.S. will no longer have to fear deportation.

His executive order applies to immigrants under 30 who got here before they were 16 years old.

Immigration has long been a contentious and unresolved political issue in Washington, but to Jose Machado, an undocumented 17-year-old in Miami, this is about survival. Continue Reading

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