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  1. Ridgewood High students teach French language to Calusa Elementary kids


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Bonjour!

    That's a new greeting for first-grade students in Jennifer Daly's classroom, one they are warming to nicely courtesy of the new French Foreign Language Experience program.

    Each week, Ridgewood High students make the short trek to nearby Calusa Elementary to help first-graders learn some basic French, through a new program called French Foreign Language Experience. Lately, they have been working on colors and numbers. Here, working on a coloring worksheet, are, from left, Maliyah Simon, 7; Ricky Kernon, 18; Jeremiah Jaros, 7, and Journee Prim, 7.
  2. Florida investigating whether grad rates were manipulated


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's education commissioner announced that the state has launched an investigation into whether school districts are moving students around as part of an effort to manipulate graduation rates.

    “We want to be sure that we are presenting an accurate portrayal of the picture of what’s happening in Florida.”
Pam Stewart,
Florida’s education commissioner
  3. UT starts work on six-story academic building, its biggest


    TAMPA — The University of Tampa plans to start construction next month on what will be the biggest academic building on campus.

    The six-story, 90,000-square-foot Graduate and Health Studies building is scheduled to be complete by fall 2018. There are plans for a twin building, connected via skywalk.