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Tampa Rep. Mark Danish under school district scrutiny



Times staff writer Marlene Sokol has a story about freshman Rep. Mark Danish, D-Tampa. An excerpt:

The Hillsborough County school district acknowledged this week it has an open file on Danish in its professional standards office.

"It is an open investigation," district spokeswoman Tanya Arja said Thursday. She could not provide any details, including the reason.

Danish said he did not know there was a pending investigation.

He said he remembers being notified months ago that the district was watching him. He's not sure if it was an actual investigation, he said, but he knew the district had a strict policy against campaigning at work.

"I think it's something they do any time someone runs for office, and they just look into it to make sure." He said his principal told him, "Just be very careful what you're doing. Make sure you dot all your i's and cross all your t's and keep everything away from school."

If there was an investigation, he assumed it was concluded because "there wasn't anything there."

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 5:32pm]


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