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Hillsborough Superintendent Says District Is Ready For Medical Emergencies

Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia is talking about what happened on a district bus when a child with muscular dystrophy stopped breathing and eventually died in 2012, now that the district has settled its lawsuit with the family. In a column written for the Tampa Bay Times, Elia notes the school district has 85 […]

State Board Wants Superintendents To Review School Grading Formula

The State Board of Education has asked that a panel of school superintendents and other education officials to review the state’s school grading system and potentially recommend changes. Superintendents from Hillsborough and Miami-Dade schools said that they are concerned changes to the school grading system will mean a dramatic drop in school grades. The board […]

Hillsborough Parents Want Better Training for School Employees Working With Disabled

Since January three Hillsborough County students with disabilities have died during school-related events. Isabella Herrera, 7, died in January after she had trouble breathing on a school bus. Jesse Shillingford, 15, drowned at a back-to-school party hosted by a charter school. And Jennifer Caballero, 11, wandered away from a gym class — and five aides […]

Hillsborough Superintendent Says She’s Committed To School District

Hillsborough County schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia says she’s committed to staying in the county. Elia has been suggested as a replacement for state Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, who has resigned his post and will leave at the end of the month. Elia didn’t rule out the job, but says she has other priorities. “I have […]

Education Will Get Some Attention At The Republican National Convention

The 2012 presidential campaign has focused more on the economy, jobs and national debt than education. One reason is that President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney differ more on other issues than they do on education. And unlike in 2008, education advocates are not spending millions to promote the issue. But education […]

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