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School leader pushes for better preschool preparation

Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools Jeff Eakins wants to boost “kindergarten readiness” from 50 to 80 percent.

TAMPA — As superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Jeff Eakins concerns himself with how students progress from kindergarten through graduation.

But their success rests heavily on what happens earlier.

So Eakins ventured into the world of preschool Saturday morning, telling a group of providers at a routine meeting at Hillsborough Community College: “I’m here to say I need you.”

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