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  1. Pinellas School Board approves plan that aims to close achievement gap

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    After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that aims to tackle the achievement gap in 10 years and settles a long-running lawsuit over the education of black students.

    “I’m an optimist. I think this is going to work,” Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner said Tuesday after the board was presented with a plan to address the achievement gap. 
  2. Workshop set to discuss teacher concerns with end-of-year exams

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    In the final days of classes, Pasco County students took district-designed course finals, tests that exist primarily because state law requires data to help evaluate teacher effectiveness.

  3. Hillsborough teacher survey finds trouble spots amid rosy overall results

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    TAMPA — Hillsborough County public school teachers are happy. They feel safe in their schools. Principals give them the materials and help they need.

    McLane Middle School in Brandon, where 83 percent of the teachers say on a new survey that they enjoy working there. The numbers were lower in previous years when the school was struggling with violence. Today, other schools are suffering from low morale, even as overall numbers are positive across the Hillsborough County school district.  The Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning survey was administered between Jan. 9 and March 10. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]