Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Writers

Claire McNeill, Times staff writer

Claire McNeill, Times staff writer

Claire McNeill covers higher education for the Tampa Bay Times. She joined the paper in 2014 and covered general assignment news in Pasco and Pinellas counties. She grew up in a one-square-mile town in South Jersey and graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she studied journalism and political science. She has worked for The Boston Globe and The Charlotte Observer. She lives in St. Petersburg.



Three candidates are vying to replace long-time Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner. From left, they are Bill Dudley, Lorena Grizzle and Matt Stewart. In the background is the School Board's meeting room in Largo, where all three hope to sit one day soon. The primary election is Aug. 28. [SCOTT KEELER \ DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

In District 6, School Board candidates offer ideas on teacher pay, achievement gap and more

In Pinellas County’s only School Board race without an incumbent, three longtime Pinellas residents — a retired City Council member and coach, a human resources manager and a special education teacher — will duke it out for the District 6 seat.
Published: 07/17/18
Pinellas School Board candidates talk inequity, retaliation and more at wide-ranging forum

Pinellas School Board candidates talk inequity, retaliation and more at wide-ranging forum

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas School Board candidates fielded questions about school security, educational inequity and retaliation in a wide-ranging Thursday evening forum at Pinellas Technical College.A dozen candidates, spread...
Published: 07/12/18
Buena Ventura Martin-Godinez, left, hugs her daughter Janne after being reunited at Miami International Airport, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Martin crossed the border into the United States from Mexico in May with her son, fleeing violence in Guatemala. Her husband crossed two weeks later with their 7-year-old daughter Janne. All were caught by the Border Patrol and were separated. Her daughter was released Sunday from a child welfare agency in Michigan. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Column: The psychology of separation, assimilation and identity

The theme underlying all of Elizabeth Aranda’s work is this: What’s the lived experience of being an immigrant? As a sociology professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, she probes...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/09/18
Pinellas County School Board member Terry Krassner, center, is facing challenges from Lisa Cane, left, and Jeff Larsen, right, as she vies for the third term. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Three with varied experience vie for Pinellas School Board District 2 seat

Three candidates hope to land the at-large District 2 seat on the Pinellas County School Board: a parent who works in the performing arts, a middle school reading teacher and a former principal who’s served on the board since 2010.They agree on...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/12/18
Students on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, which has raised admissions standards in recent years to achieve state

It’s harder than ever to get into USF. Some worry about the downside.

TAMPA — It’s a joke among some alumni: No way would I get into the University of South Florida today. Not with USF’s shiny new rankings and growing clout as a college destination. Not with its rising GPA and SAT averages. And...
Updated one month ago
The Marshall Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. [Times]

Preeminent at last: USF presents its official case for joining Florida’s top university ranks

Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the University of South Florida in recent years knows the school has been on a quest.To make it into the official upper echelon of state universities, to be deemed "preeminent" and rewarded...
Updated one month ago
Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, as the two hopefuls qualified just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their...
Updated one month ago
Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Newcomers seek to topple incumbents in Pinellas School Board races

Thirteen candidates will vie for four seats on the Pinellas County School Board this year, with two hopefuls qualifying just before Friday's noon deadline.Three incumbents, including the board's leader and vice chair, aim to keep their...
Updated one month ago
Detainees are escorted into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center early Wednesday in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. More than 100 workers were arrested Tuesday at an Ohio meatpacking plant run by the family of USF President Judy Genshaft. [Jodie Bowers via AP]

USF President Judy Genshaft sits on board of meat packer targeted in Ohio immigration raid

University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft sits on the board of directors of an Ohio-based meatpacking company where nearly 150 people were arrested this week in a surprise Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.ICE had been...
Updated one month ago
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

ST. PETERSBURG — Originally pitched as a nine- or 10-story, 550-bed dorm for the overcrowded University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, USF’s latest residence hall project will likely look much different by the time it’s done.For...
Updated one month ago