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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX

Our times as told by statistics

Number of teams in the National Basketball Association: 29

Number of cities with at least one NBA team: 27

Number of NBA teams in the Tampa Bay area: 0

Amount of additional personal income Tampa Bay area residents would need to earn for the region to financially support an NBA team in addition to existing pro football, baseball and hockey teams: $82.3-billion

Number of metropolitan areas that could provide better financial support for an NBA expansion team than the Tampa Bay area - including Honolulu; Sarasota-Bradenton; and Jackson-Yazoo City, Miss.: 19

Percentage of Florida school principals who believe the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test helps develop strategies for improving student achievement: 76

Percentage of principals who believe teachers are under pressure to raise FCAT scores: 96

Percentage of principals who don't believe schools with high or improved FCAT scores should get significantly more money: 80

Percentage of principals who say time spent on non-FCAT subjects such as arts, foreign languages, civics, history and geography has decreased moderately or greatly: 67.

Compiled by Jay Cridlin. Sources: Bizjournals.com, Florida Forum for Progressive Policy.

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