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School News, July 19


Special-ed charter to hold info session

Pepin Academies, a tuition-free, public charter school for students with special educational needs, plans a free information session next week about the opening of the New Port Richey campus next month.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in conference room B105 at Pasco- Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.

Families in Hernando and Pasco counties can explore options. Pepin Academies of Pasco County is enrolling students who have an Individualized Education Program from third through 10th grades. School begins August 18th.

For information call Lauren Bergold, community relations for Pepin Academies, at (813) 236-1755, ext. 153, or call the office of state Sen. Wilton Simpson at (850) 487-5018.

Brooks to meet fans after camp at Gulf

On Wednesday, July 23, Fifth Third Bank and Hall of Fame pro football player Derrick Brooks will hold a Football Pro Camp at Gulf High School for youngsters.

Participants in first through eighth grades can take part 1-4 p.m. in games, stations and contests while learning the fundamental skills of football from Brooks. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers All-Pro linebacker is president of the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League team.

Campers will also receive an exclusive team photo, a limited edition ProCamp T-shirt and Brooks’ autograph. Camp costs $53. To register, go to

Following the camp, the first 150 people will have the opportunity to meet Brooks from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the New Port Richey Fifth Third Banking Center, 5425 S.R. 54.

Legal support group gives scholarship

Marina Riad received the Joyce B. Schaefer Scholarship for 2014 from the West Pasco Legal Support Association.

Riad graduated from Hudson High School with a 3.7 GPA. She was active in Teen Court, Pearls Club, and Interact Club for the past three years

She was a dual enrollment student for the past two years at Pasco Hernando State College while attending Hudson High and holding a part-time job.

Riad will attend Saint Leo University this fall.

Accompanied by her mother, Silvia, Riad attended the WPLSA Members Recognition and Scholarship Award Ceremony last month.

Common Core foes ‘outraged’ at new test

Parents, teachers and public school officials are getting their first look at the new Florida Standards Assessment, and some are concerned with what they see.

The Florida Department of Education unveiled a new website containing practice tests, test summaries, testing policies and administrator information about the FSA, which replaces the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test next school year. Florida Standards is Florida’s version of the Common Core Standards.

The site,, also allows for public feedback on the test until Sept. 5, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said in a letter to school superintendents.

Laura Zorc, co-founder of the 15,000-member grass-roots group Florida Parents Against Common Core, said the test looks like other Common Core standardized tests the state rejected.

“I’m outraged,” Zorc said. “Now we know what’s coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.”

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