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REMARKS OVER OPEN MIKE RAISE TEMPERS ON HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD...

TAMPA — In the first Hillsborough County School Board meeting since the superintendent and the district's attorney were overheard making comments over a hot microphone, everyone had something to say.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia hadn't realized her microphone was on earlier this month when it picked up her remarks to the district's attorney about the need to balance critical comments from parents with those who support the schools.

Tampa mom fights to keep her disabled son in neighborhood school..........

TAMPA, Fla. - Roberta Moore is fighting to keep her disabled son in his neighborhood school.

"I want to understand why this change was made," Moore asked the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday.

Moore's son Daniel, 10, has Down syndrome. For the last three-and-a-half years, he's been a student at Mabry Elementary School........

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.

Events

Hillsborough County School Board Meeting - Sept. 30, 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 many children being unfairly disciplined and referred to law enforcement in this district have been featured prominently in the local media and underscores the need for parents, family members and all stakeholders to actively participate in the educational process.

Please consider attending this upcoming school board meeting to add your voice to the call for fundamental fairness for all children and families.