Saturday, October 20, 2018

Following the money: Referendum and AC materials

We've been collecting documents to supplement our reporting about the upcoming Hillsborough sales tax referendum and thought we would share them here. This post will be updated.

Facebook Live video of Superintendent Jeff Eakins' first town hall meeting on Sept. 18 in Ballast Point.

Updated list of appearances:
NEW DATE – October 10, 7 p.m. at Lennard High School, 2342 E. Shell Point Rd., Ruskin
October 11, 7 p.m. at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa
October 15, 7 p.m. at Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa
October 23, 7 p.m. at The Chapel at FishHawk, 6026 Churchside Dr., Lithia.

More of our  coverage so far:

It becomes official after the OPPAGA audit and County Commission vote

The OPPAGA audit

Story about the clash between two referenda

Announcement of Political Action Committee

And here is the website for Strengthen Our Schools.

Survey of Florida counties with local schools taxes

A comparison of impact fees, county, by county.

Story about the referendum as a test of Jeff Eakins' credibility

The district's list of job reductions

Sticker Shock, our 2015 recap of the Gates experiment

Announcement that Betty Castor will head the oversight committee

An article by Anastasia Dawson about air conditioning

A comprehensive analysis, by consultant Jim Hamilton, on state education funding

Anastasia Dawson's second article about air conditioning

Spreadsheet of air conditioning issues, first part of the school year. Sort the list to find your school.

More air conditioning issues. 

This story is two years old, but full of description about life in a school with a busted air conditioner.

A researcher at Harvard wrote this paper about the effect heat has on a student's ability to learn.

This story about the list of projects to be funded by the referendum includes a link to the list itself.

Sheriff Chad Chronister joins the oversight committee

School district releases a more detailed wish list, with prices.

Tampa Bay Times analysis: How the air conditioning crisis got so bad

Times Editorial board supports the referendum

The oversight committee grows.

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