Pinellas says new plan offers stronger focus on minority student achievement
Pinellas County school officials on Tuesday unveiled a plan that they say will focus the district more squarely on improving the performance of minority students.
For the first time in about 15 years, officials said, the district is making substantial changes to its strategic plan, adding two categories to the list of directions that guide the school system's actions every year. One new category is called "Equity with Excellence for All," which includes language from a federal desegregation settlement agreement and outlines a plan to close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students.
Previously, closing the achievement gap was lumped under the more general category of "Student Achievement."