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Officials Announce Stepped-up Efforts After Times’ Failure Factories Schools Investigation
Tampa Bay Times

Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego has announced a plan to convert three of five failing elementary schools in St. Petersburg’s black neighborhoods into magnet programs, even as city and county leaders reacted to a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found years of neglect turned the schools into some of the worst in Florida.

The proposal could mean additional resources and even facility upgrades for the schools. If successful, the magnet programs could create racial balance at schools that last year were as much as 86 percent black. Grego called it a “needed step” to address the lagging academic achievement in south St. Petersburg. “We’re dealing with trying to undo and re-engineer some of the decisions that have been made,” he said. 

The Times investigation, “Failure Factories,” has drawn national attention and prompted an outcry in Pinellas since it published last week.