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BACKLASH FORCES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD TO REVERSE EARLIER VOTE...

TAMPA — Reversing a vote from earlier this month, the Hillsborough County School Board decided Tuesday to go back to publicly posting the names of employees who face suspension or dismissal.

They will also include brief descriptions of allegations against the employees and disclaimers that tell due process rights.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER LITERALLY KICKS SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT OFF BUS..

TAMPA, Fla. - Video newly released Wednesday by the state attorney's office shows exactly what happened September 28 when a Hillsborough County school bus driver literally kicked off a special needs student, breaking her ankle.

It took the loss of two young lives to come up with the proposed changes.....

TAMPA (FOX 13) -
It took the loss of two young lives to come up with the changes. Eleven-year old Jenny Cabellero, a girl with Down Syndrome, drowned in a pond at Rodgers Middle School in October.

And Isabella Herrera, a 7-year-old with a neuromuscular disorder, died after going into respiratory distress on a Hillsborough County school bus.

Protesters : Hillsborough Schools Neglect Students Needs....

TAMPA - On Thursday, about 20 to 30 protesters held signs outside the Childrens' Board of Hillsborough County, protesting the treatment of special needs students by Hillsborough County Public Schools. Some were parents of special needs students, others were activists for the disabled, but all say the district has neglected the needs of these students for too long.

Parents fired up at school board meeting over district's handling of recent student deaths..

TAMPA - Some parents got fired up Tuesday night at a school board meeting in Hillsborough County over the handling of recent incidents that lead to the deaths of two students with special needs.

Death of special needs student brings lawsuit against Hillsborough Schools.....

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -- A Bay area family has filed a federal lawsuit against the Hillsborough County School District in the death of their 7-year-old special needs daughter.

Isabella Herrera died in January of 2012 at a Bay area hospital. Her death came a day after she was found choking and unconscious aboard a Hillsborough County school bus.

According to the lawsuit, the bus driver and bus aide failed to give Herrera the help she needed before and after she started choking on the school bus.

Herrera's lawyer showed video taken from the bus ride in January.

Dozens of Hillsborough Public Schools Receive "D" Grades.......

TAMPA — Dozens of elementary and middle schools in Hillsborough County got D's on Wednesday under the state's tougher grading system.

Hillsborough public schools fall behind state average in Reading, Math and Science........

"We're not where we need to be, but this is sort of a weird transition year," said Stephen Hegarty, spokesman for Hillsborough County Schools.

Brink Foundation commits $25,000 to aid students impacted by UTA scholarship crisis.....

Jose Colindres, chief operating officer of the nonprofit Brink Foundation, said his organization will contribute $25,000 to the scholarship effort. He invited students affected to contact his organization. And he criticized Elia for her statements about HCC and USF. "Honestly, the board and the superintendent do not have a lot of credibility with the community when it comes to this particular topic," he said.

Teaching program promised scholarships, but funding efforts are under scrutiny....

TAMPA — Mekka Mason and her parents were thrilled when they learned a Hillsborough County magnet program would help pay for Mekka, the youngest of six children, to go to college and become a teacher.

Launched four years ago, the Urban Teaching Academy promised scholarships and the cost of books to students who completed the program successfully. In return, they agreed to come back to Hillsborough and teach for three years in urban schools.

Events

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting - July 29, 2014 @ 3 PM

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Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center
901 East Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, Fl 33602

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In Hillsborough County the public school district is entrusted with a $2.8 billion budget that directly impacts 200,000 students, 30,000 employees and hundreds of vendors and service providers.

A seven member board of elected officials are tasked with overseeing these dollars and providing oversight.

Ultimately, however,it falls upon the citizenry to monitor the conduct and expenditures of public dollars and the quality of education being provided to children.

Recent reports of special-needs children being abused and, in some instances, even dying under the care of the district have been featured prominently in our local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Please consider attending this school board meeting to add your voice to the call for an independent investigation into the manner in which the school district is caring for children in Hillsborough County and for fiscal transparency and accountability.