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The DayStarter: Tampa's mayor addresses the State of the City, and school boards meet in Hillsborough and Pinellas

Temperatures should start creeping up as the week gets off to a start, according to 10Weather WTSP. But we should have continued clear skies with lows in the 60s at night until a storm front moves in later in the week.

• At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Bob Buckhorn will deliver his annual State of the City speech at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. The speech always highlights city accomplishments, trends and planned projects. This year Buckhorn also is expected to talk about the building itself, which has hosted pro boxing and wrestling matches, and concerts by Buddy Holly, James Brown, Elvis Presley, the Doors, Pink Floyd and the Ramones. The Tampa Jewish Community Center is spending $26 million ($4 million from Glazer) to transform the old armory into a 100,000-square-foot community center.

• Today, Pinellas County School Board members will get their first detailed look at a proposal to step up efforts at the district's so-called "turnaround" schools. The plan includes school days as long as nine hours, up from 7.5 hours currently; increases of up to $25,000 a year in bonuses and pay for teachers at those schools; and various staffing changes. The plan comes on the heels of a Tampa Bay Times series, "Failure Factories," that chronicled how resegregation led to serious academic declines at five elementary schools in St. Petersburg. The board's workshop begins at 1 p.m.

• We'll let you know of there is any discussion during today's 3 p.m. Hillsborough County School Board meeting of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' reorganization plan. Last time the board met, not a word was said about Eakins' plan to have 13 top administrators reapply if they want to keep their jobs. Potter Elementary, one of seven high-needs Elevate schools, will get a new principal. Follow Marlene Sokol on Twitter (@marlenesokol) for updates.

• President Barack Obama will call attention today to National Equal Pay Day (the date symbolizing how far into the year an average woman must work to earn what the average man earned in the previous year) by designating a historic Washington, D.C., home that's central to the women's rights movement as a national monument.

• Speaking of National Equal Pay Day, today's top things to do today around Tampa Bay include a professional women's group hosting "Unhappy Hour" to mark the occasion.

• Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a major foreign policy address at an event hosted by the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles.

• Think you know the Lightning's playoff opponent? We tell you five things you should know about the Red Wings in preparation for the series that starts tomorrow. Look for it this morning at

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The DayStarter: Tampa's mayor addresses the State of the City, and school boards meet in Hillsborough and Pinellas 04/12/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 11:47am]
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