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  1. Men of Vision get to work after Hurricane Irma

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    Answering the call to action after the departure of Hurricane Irma, they cleaned up fallen branches in mid-Tampa neighborhoods and in Rowlett Park, where they toiled alongside Tampa city workers, and they came out in force to clean up the Hillsborough River, pulling out gas cans, trash cans, old tires and even a …

    hillsmov092217: The Men of Vision helped clean up Rowlett Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  2. Visitors get in free Saturday at Tampa Bay History Center

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    Times staff

    TAMPA — Nothing to do Saturday? Go back in history.

    Machine gun at the ready, a paratrooper of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Brigade advances cautiously  near Hue, South Vietnam on April 3, 1968.
  3. After sheltering thousands, Hernando schools are back in business

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    BROOKSVILLE — As Hurricane Irma bore down on Hernando County, more than 5,000 people and 700 animals huddled together seeking shelter inside six local schools.

    Volunteers serve lunch on Sept. 10 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, one of the Hernando schools that opened as a public shelter during Hurricane Irma.
  4. School Board approves budget, tax rate for 2017-18

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    Times staff

    The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday gave final approval to a $285.9 million budget for 2017-18.

  5. Pasco School Board approves budget with money for pay raises

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    LAND O'LAKES — With no public input, the Pasco County School Board adopted a $1.19 billion budget Tuesday that officials have for months said would barely cover growth.

    School chief Kurt Browning said the amount for raises is subject to negotiations.
  6. Pasco School Board suggests moving slowly with Ridgewood High

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    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County School Board members appeared Tuesday to put the brakes on an aggressive plan to transform Ridgewood High School into a technical education campus by next fall, suggesting that even if it is a good idea, slowing down will make it better.

    School Board member Steve Luikart, right, discusses options for Ridgewood High as member Alison Crumbley looks on. Trying to make changes by next year is “jumping the gun,” he said.
  7. 80 books disappear from classroom that sheltered Irma evacuees

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    DUNEDIN — When Martha Hereford-Cothron returned to her classroom at Dunedin Highland Middle School on Monday morning, her heart sank as her eyes scanned the room and landed on a white bookshelf, empty except for a broken DVD player and a thermal blanket.

    Gone from this shelf at Dunedin Highland Middle School were some 80 books and several board games in the classroom of teacher Martha Hereford-Cothron. The items disappeared after the classroom was used to shelter evacuees from Hurricane Irma. [Photo courtesy of Martha Hereford-Cothron]
  8. Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

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    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.

    Photo illustration. [iStockphoto.com]
  9. Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

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    LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.

    Gov. Rick Scott, right, kicks off the 2017 legislative session on March 7 in Tallahassee. Scott later signed a massive education bill that is being challenged by several school districts. On Tuesday, Pinellas became one of them. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Pinellas votes today on whether to join lawsuit against controversial education bill

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    The Pinellas County School Board will vote this afternoon on whether to join at least 11 other school districts in a lawsuit against the Florida Legislature over a controversial, charter-friendly bill.

    Gov. Rick Scott appeared in Orlando in June to sign HB 7069, a wide-ranging education bill that included a significant expansion of charter schools. Months later, many Florida school districts are lining up to challenge the law. One of them might be Pinellas County, which votes today on whether to join the fight. [Times files]