Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
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This website was most recently reviewed 2013-11-27.
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The school board is responsible for the organization and control of the district’s public schools and is empowered to determine the policies necessary for the effective operation and the general improvement of the school system. The school board is a public corporate entity and can take action only when the board is meeting in official public session and a quorum is present. An individual member of the school board has authority to take official action only when sitting as a member of the school board in public session except when the school board specifically authorizes the member to act. The school board is not bound in any way by any action on the part of an individual board member or an employee except when such statement or action is in compliance with the public action of the school board.
A chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the School Board of Hillsborough County at its organizational meeting held on the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November; however, if the chair becomes vacant, the school board elects a chair at the next regular or special meeting. The chair presides at all school board meetings, appoints committees and performs such other duties prescribed by law or by action of the school board. The vice-chair presides in the absence of the chair and performs other duties of the chair as required by circumstances. The chair and vice-chair are bonded in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education.
Starting with the 2000 election, school board members were elected from five single-member residence districts and two at-large countywide districts. Each of the five single-member districts is as equal in population as possible and created to enable minorities to elect a representative of their choice (Voting Rights Act). 
School board spending
School board spending The Hillsborough County School Board, the nation's eighth-largest school district, imposed a travel moratorium on itself until it can set up both guidelines and a travel budget. The board currently does not have guidelines in place, with it's seven members spending $40,000 annually on travel costs.
"We have people who are spending more than their fair share," Chairwoman Jennifer Faliero told fellow board members in pushing for the moratorium. Later she confirmed she was referring to member Susan Valdes' expenses.
Valdes spent $13,513 in 2006-07 and $10,503 in 2007-08 on travel, school district records show while other board members spent an average of $1,500 to $7,500.
Valdes defended herself, saying she has cut back her spending after earlier criticism. As a rookie board member, she said, she had been encouraged by other members to travel to gain experience.
The superintendent, as provided by law, is the secretary and executive officer of the school board. At any organizational meeting, the superintendent acts as chair until the organization of the school board is completed.
MaryEllen Elia is the current superintendent, a position she has held since 2005. During her tenure, the district earned its first three A grades from the State of Florida.
Public employee salaries
- Main article: Hillsborough County Public Schools employee salaries
School board members earn $31,000 annually. In early 2011, state legislators debated whether to eliminate members's annual compensation and instead pay them $100 per meeting. With two meetings a month, members would have earned approximately $24,000. In April, the state legislator rejected the bill despite supporters' claim that the pay deduction would save the state $10 million each year.
As of July 9, 2009, Hillsborough teachers and the district were still divided on contract issues. Negotiations between the teachers' union have been teetering back and forth at this point.
"We don’t want to agree in advance to future cuts," said Jean Clements, president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers' Association. "If we need to come back to the table, we can come back to the table."
The district said they anticipate a $10.9 million budget shortfall for the 09-10 school year. One possible solution they propose is two days of unpaid furlough for teachers and three days of unpaid furlough for administrators and other 12-month staff. This measure would save $11.3 million.
Union officials say that as the economic climate seems to be clearing, revenues could raise, easing the shortfall. This would, they say, allow teachers to take their normal 2 percent step increase on the salary scale.
Deputy superintendent Dan Valdez told the union in June that this raise would be impossible. The negotiations have come to agreement on canceling school for the entire week of Thanksgiving and add the days elsewhere to save money wasted on that week's typically poor attendance.
The union has proposed weekly early dismissal for extra planning time for the teachers, which the county has not accepted.
"We’re still saying our teachers desperately need this planning time, and they don’t have enough time now," Clements said.
Hillsborough County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Below is a chart of the school's grade based on the student's performance of the statewide test called the FCAT. To see results, click on "show".
|Adams Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Advantage Academy Middle School||Middle||-||-||D||A|
|Advantage Academy of Hillsborough||Elementary||-||-||C||D|
|Alafia Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Alexander Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Alonso High School||High||A||B||B||NA|
|Anderson Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Apollo Beach Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||B|
|Armwood High School||High||C||D||C||NA|
|Ballast Point Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Barrington Middle School||Middle||-||-||B||A|
|Bartels Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Bay Crest Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Bellamy Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Benito Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Bevis Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Bing Elementary School||Elementary||A||B||A||B|
|Blake High School-Magnet||High||D||D||A||NA|
|Bloomingdale High School||High||A||B||B||NA|
|Boyette Springs Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||B|
|Brandon High School||High||C||C||B||NA|
|Brooker Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||A|
|Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School||High||C||D||A||NA|
|Broward Elementary School||Elementary||F||C||D||D|
|Bryan Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||A||C|
|Bryant Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Buchanan Middle School||Middle||B||B||B||C|
|Buckhorn Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Burnett Middle School||Middle||A||B||B||B|
|Burney Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||B||A|
|Burns Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Cahoon Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Cannella Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Carrollwood Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Chamberlain High School||High||C||D||C||NA|
|Chiaramonte Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||A||B|
|Chiles Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Cimino Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Citrus Park Elementary School||Elementary||A||B||A||B|
|Clair-Mel Elementary School||Elementary||D||C||C||C|
|Clark Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Claywell Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Cleveland Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||B||B|
|Coleman Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Collins Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Colson Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||B|
|Community Charter School of Excellence||Elementary||-||-||C||C|
|Cork Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Corr Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||B|
|Crestwood Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||B||B|
|Cypress Creek Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||C||C|
|Davidsen Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Davis Elementary School||Combination||B||B||B||B|
|Deer Park Elementary||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Desoto Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||A|
|Dickenson Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Doby Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Dover Elementary School||Combination||C||B||B||NA|
|Dowdell Middle School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Dunbar Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||A||B||B||B|
|Durant High School||High||B||B||B||NA|
|East Bay High School||High||C||D||A||NA|
|Edison Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||C||C|
|Egypt Lake Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||A|
|Eisenhower Middle School||Combination||B||A||A||NA|
|Essrig Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Farnell Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Ferrell Middle Magnet School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Fishhawk Creek Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Folsom Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||C|
|Forest Hills Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||C|
|Foster Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||B|
|Franklin Middle Magnet School||Middle||D||C||C||C|
|Freedom High School||High||A||C||B||NA|
|Frost Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||B||C|
|Gaither High School||High||A||B||A||NA|
|Gibsonton Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||B||C|
|Giunta Middle School||Middle||B||B||B||C|
|Gorrie Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Grady Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Graham Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||D||C|
|Greco Middle School||Middle||C||C||B||C|
|Hammond Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Heritage Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Hill Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Hillsborough High School||High||A||C||B||NA|
|Hillsborough Virtual Combination School||Combination||-||A||-||-|
|Hunter's Green Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Ippolito Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||C||B|
|Jackson Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||A||C|
|James Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||-|
|Jefferson High School||High||B||C||B||NA|
|Jennings Middle School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Kenly Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||D||C|
|Kids Community College Middle Charter School||Middle||-||-||-||B|
|Kids Community College||Elementary||-||A||A||C|
|King High School||High||B||D||A||NA|
|Kingswood Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||A|
|Knights Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||A|
|Lake Magdalene Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Lanier Elementary School||Elementary||A||B||B||A|
|Learning Gate Community School||Combination||A||A||A||A|
|Lee Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||B||A||B||C|
|Lennard High School||High||D||C||B||NA|
|Leto High School||High||C||D||C||NA|
|Lewis Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||B|
|Liberty Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Limona Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Lincoln Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||A||B||A||B|
|Literacy Leadership Charter high School||High||-||D||D||D|
|Lithia Springs Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Lockhart Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||C||B||C||D|
|Lomax Magnet Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||C|
|Lopez Elementary School||Combination||A||B||B||NA|
|Lowry Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Lutz Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Mabry Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Macfarlane Park Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Madison Middle School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Mango Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||B||C|
|Maniscalco Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Mann Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Marshall Middle School||Middle||B||A||A||C|
|Martinez Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|McDonald Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||A||B|
|McKitrick Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|McLane Middle School||Middle||C||D||C||C|
|Memorial Middle School||Middle||C||B||C||C|
|Mendenhall Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||A||A|
|Middleton High School||High||D||D||C||NA|
|Miles Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||F||D|
|Mintz Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||A|
|Mitchell Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Monroe Middle School||Middle||C||A||C||C|
|Morgan Woods Elementary School||Elementary||B||B||C||B|
|Mort Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||C||C|
|Mosi Partnership Elementary||Elementary||B||A||D||C|
|Mount Pleasant Standard Base Middle School||Middle||-||B||A||F|
|Muller Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||A||A||B||B|
|Mulrennan Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Nelson Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|New Springs School||Middle||-||-||-||C|
|Newpoint High of Tampa||High||-||-||B||D|
|Newsome High School||High||A||A||A||NA|
|Northwest Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Oak Grove Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Oak Park Elementary School||Elementary||D||C||C||D|
|Orange Grove Middle Magnet School||Middle||B||A||A||A|
|Palm River Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||C|
|Pierce Middle School||Middle||C||C||B||C|
|Pinecrest Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||A||B|
|Pizzo Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||B||B|
|Plant City High School||High||B||C||B||NA|
|Plant High School||High||A||B||A||NA|
|Potter Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||D||D|
|Pride Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Progress Village Middle Magnet School||Middle||B||A||A||A|
|Rampello K-8 Magnet School||Combination||A||A||A||A|
|Randall Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|RCMA Wimauma Academy||Elementary||-||A||A||C|
|Reddick Elementary School||Elementary||-||C||B||A|
|Riverhills Elementary School||Elementary||B||C||C||F|
|Riverview Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||A|
|Riverview High School||High||A||B||A||NA|
|Robinson Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||B||B|
|Robinson High School||High||B||B||B||NA|
|Robles Elementary School||Elementary||D||C||C||C|
|Rodgers Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||B|
|Roland Park K-8 School||Combination||C||C||C||D|
|Roosevelt Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Ruskin Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||C||C|
|Schmidt Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Schwarzkopf Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Seffner Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Seminole Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||C|
|Sergeant Smith Middle School||Middle||-||A||A||A|
|Sessums Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Shaw Elementary School||Elementary||C||C||C||A|
|Sheehy Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||C|
|Shields Middle School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Shiloh Elementary Charter School||Elementary||A||C||A||C|
|Shiloh Middle Charter School||Middle||-||-||A||A|
|Shore Elementary Magnet School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Sickles High School||High||A||A||A||NA|
|Sligh Middle School||Middle||C||C||D||D|
|Spoto High School||High||C||D||D||NA|
|Springhead Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||B|
|Steinbrenner High School||High||-||-||B||NA|
|Stewart Middle Magnet School||Middle||B||A||A||A|
|Stowers Elementary School||Elementary||-||-||A||A|
|Strawberry Crest High School||High||-||-||C||NA|
|Sulphur Springs Elementary School||Elementary||F||B||C||C|
|Summerfield Crossings Elementary||Elementary||A||B||B||A|
|Summerfield Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||B||B|
|Symmes Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||C||B|
|Tampa Bay Tech High School||High||A||B||B||NA|
|Tampa Charter School||Combination||B||B||B||A|
|Tampa Palms Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Temple Terrace Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||C|
|Terrace Community Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Thonotosassa Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||B||C|
|Tinker Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Tomlin Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Town & Country Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Trapnell Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||C||C|
|Trinity School for Children - Lower Division||Elementary||A||B||A||A|
|Trinity Upper School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Turkey Creek Middle School||Middle||B||A||B||B|
|Turner Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Twin Lakes Elementary School||Elementary||C||B||B||B|
|USF/Patel Partnership Elementary||Elementary||-||A||B||B|
|Valrico Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Van Buren Middle School||Middle||C||C||C||C|
|Walden Lake Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Walker Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Washington Elementary School||Elementary||D||D||F||C|
|Webb Middle School||Middle||C||C||B||B|
|West Tampa Elementary School||Elementary||B||C||B||A|
|Westchase Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||A|
|Westshore Elementary School||Elementary||D||C||C||B|
|Wharton High School||High||B||C||A||NA|
|Williams Middle Magnet School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Wilson Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||A||A|
|Wilson Middle School||Middle||A||A||A||A|
|Wimauma Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||C|
|Witter Elementary School||Elementary||C||A||C||C|
|Woodbridge Elementary School||Elementary||A||A||A||B|
|Yates Elementary School||Elementary||B||A||B||C|
|Young Middle Magnet School||Middle||B||B||B||C|
Overall, Hillsborough County dropped from an A grade, which it had earned for the previous three years, to a B. The decline may be the result of a more difficult FCAT. This past year, the FCAT was reformed to match higher national standards.
The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers' Association represents the teachers in the district.
Private and public teachers unite to improve education
In late 2009, the Hillsborough County schools and teachers' union joined forces with a nonprofit Florida voucher group to help train private school teachers.
"Bottom line is these are our children, they are disadvantaged children, and they often return to our public schools," said Jean Clements, president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers' Association. "I want them to get the best possible education, wherever they get it."
Teachers's union sues governor
Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation that makes public employees contribute three percent of their salaries to retirement. In response, the Florida Education Association teachers's union has sued the governor, claiming that the bill is unconstitutional. One of the plaintiffs in the case is Megan Allen, Hillsborough County's 2009 Teacher of the Year and Florida's 2010 Teacher of the Year. Until now, Florida was the only state in the nation whose employees did not put money towards a retirement account.
There are currently twenty-three Charter Schools in Hillsborough County School District, six of which are Recognized Charter Schools. The data below is based on information taken from a February 2009 survey.
- Anderson Elementary Academy = grade levels K-5th to 115 students.
- Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School = grade levels 9th-12th to 242 students.
- Community Charter School Of Excellence = grade levels K-5th to 124 students.
- Florida Autism Charter School Of Excellence = grade levels PreK-12th to 69 students.
- Hope Preparatory Academy = grade levels K-5th to 74 students.
- Kids Community college = grade levels K-5th to 224 students.
- Learning Gate Community School = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $42,543 in 2008. The school offers grade levels K-8th to 527 students.
- Literacy Leadership Charter High School = grade levels 9th-12th to 65 students.
- Literacy/Leadership/Technology Academy = grade levels 6th-8th to 230 students.
- Mount Pleasant Standard Base Middle School = grade levels 6th-8th to 115 students.
- Pepin Academy Of Tampa = grade levels 9th-12th to 149 students.
- Quest Middle School = grade levels 6th-8th to 115 students.
- Rcma Wimauma Academy = grade levels K-5th to 151 students.
- Richardson Academy = grade levels PREK-5th to 82 students.
- Shiloh Elementary Charter School = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $16,477 in 2008. The school offers grade levels K-5th to 392 students.
- Tampa Bay Academy = grade levels K-12th to 115 students.
- Tampa Charter School = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $9,648 in 2008. The school offers grade levels 3rd-8th to 151 students.
- Terrace Community Middle School = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $42,840 in 2008. The school offers grade levels 6th-8th to 528 students.
- Trinity School For Children - Lower Division = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $35,105 in 2008. The school offers grade levels K-5th to 411 students.
- Trinity Upper School = a Recognized Charter School that was awarded $16,575 in 2008. The school offers grade levels 6th-8th to 185 students.
- Village Of Excellence Academy = grade levels K-5th to 112 students.
- Walton Academy = grade levels K-5th to 165 students.
Step Up for Students — which runs the state's tax credit voucher program — plans to spend at least $100,000 on classes for teachers who serve its scholarship students, among the county's most economically disadvantaged children. The school district and union will provide space in the jointly developed Center for Technology and Education.
- Main article: Florida government sector lobbying
Taxpayer-funded lobbying (Sunshine Review) is the practice of government entities using public funds to lobby. This occurs at all levels of government: it can be at the federal level or occur at local level with cities and counties, for example. These activities are hard to track because of the broad nature of lobbying, among other reasons. The issues lobbied for by governments can be diverse, but school lobbying typically deals with issues close to the school district or school board.
In July 2009, Sunshine Review submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the 27 Florida school districts with lobbyists registered for 2009 with the Florida legislature.  The results of the information requests are included in Florida school districts lobbying totals. (For information on the project or to start your own, see the project page.)
|Firm||Start date||End date||Amount||Paid|
|H. Lee Moffitt||Jan-2004||Jun-2004||$25,000||$29,250|
|Carlton Fields Government Consulting||Jan-2004||Jun-2004||$35,000||$35,159.53|
|Carlton Fields Government Consulting||Jan-2005||Jun-2005||$35,000||$35,051.60|
|Carlton Fields Government Consulting||Jan-2006||Jun-2006||$35,000||$35,891.95|
|H. Lee Moffitt||Jan-2007||Jun-2007||$25,000||$25,000|
|Carlton Fields Government Consulting||Jan-2007||Jun-2007||$35,000||$35,000|
|Holland & Knight||Sep-2007||Jul-2008||$35,000||$35,053.70|
|Holland & Knight||Nov-2008||Jul-2008||$35,000||$35,054.10|
In the table above, payments made to the firm and the the contract amount may differ if the firm accrued other expenditures covered under the contract terms.
Currently, Hillsborough schools is represented by HBEC group until 2011.
While under the representation of Carlton Fields Government Consulting, the school district changed their lobbying representation to the firm Holland & Knight. This is because the lobbyist representing the school district at the time, Bob Martinez, switched firms. The school district wanted to maintain their relationship with Martinez, so it followed him to Holland & Knight. 
The school district has a contract with HBEC group for $60,000 per year for the period of July 2009 - June 2011. HBEC agreed to take a reduction of $5,000.00 to the previous yearly amount due to budget constraints. Hillsborough County's cost for HBEC is $60,000.00, including all expenses incurred, meaning $60,000 for 2009.
State funding allocation
A final conference report dated May 5, 2009 regards appropriations to state public schools in preparation for voting on Senate Bill 2600. The report lists allocated funds for each school district. Allocations include minimum funding guarantees, required local funds, merit award program funding and allocations for supplemental instruction.
The report can be downloaded from the website of the National School Boards Association. 
- Hillsborough County School District official website
- Local School Directory - Hillsborough County
- School Matters - Hillsborough County
- Individual schools' contact information
- National School Boards Association website
- Florida School Boards Association website
- Bay News 9 Online
- Tampa Bay Online
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Staff Directory, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Elected Officials, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Meeting Minutes, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Meeting Agendas, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Audits, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Bids, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Contracts, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Request a Public Record, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Budgets, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Assessment and Accountability, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, Background Check, Accessed: Jan 21, 2013
- ↑ Tampa Bay Online, Hillsborough School Board Halts Travel As It Studies Costs, July 16, 2008
- ↑ superintendent information
- ↑ pay-cut proposal rejected
- ↑ "Hillsborough teachers, district remain divided on contract issues," Saint Petersburg Times, 9 July 2009
- ↑ Hillsborough County Public Schools, "Budget and Federal Finance Department," Accessed November 26, 2013
- ↑ Florida School Accountability Reports
- ↑ overall county grade drops
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 
- ↑ teachers's union sues governor
- ↑ Charter Schools by district
- ↑ Online Sunshine - Lobbying Information
- ↑ Florida Executive — 2009 Registrations By Principal Name
- ↑ Florida Legislature — 2009 Registrations By Principal Name
- ↑ Florida School Boards Association members list
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 Legislative Services Hillsborough Count Public Schools
- ↑ E-mail with Hillsborough County Public Schools
- ↑ state allocations for public school districts