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Sumner High School, which opened in the southeast section of Hillsborough County in 2020, was the first high school the district built in more than a decade. A sales tax that has supported district construction projects is about to expire.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
A company headed by Taryn Fenske is getting $15,000 a month.
Two years after voters narrowly defeated a special property tax for schools, district officials want to try again with a ballot measure in November.
The schools say they are owed money from a special property tax first approved by voters years ago.

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  1. Sumner High School, which opened in the southeast section of Hillsborough County in 2020, was the first high school the district built in more than a decade. A sales tax that has supported district construction projects is about to expire.
  2. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  3. Angeline Academy of Innovation students Kyandra Valle, Caitlin Sukpanichnant and Giavanna Romero spent an hour trying to convince Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning not to impose further restrictions on cell phone use in middle and high schools for the 2024-25 academic year.
  4. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota.
  5. Hillsborough County School Superintendent Van Ayers is urging school board members to support a local-option property tax, saying it's the best way to boost pay and solve an ongoing teacher shortage.
  6. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
  7. The Plato Academy charter schools in Pinellas County, including this campus in Largo, are part of a lawsuit against the school district seeking to get a share of past property tax referendum revenue.
  8. The Florida Senate unanimously approved the first of three education deregulation bills on the second day of the 2024 session. The initiative is a priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
  9. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The National Association of University Professors has sanctioned the school, saying its new leaders have made changes "without meaningful faculty involvement."
  10. This image provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an electron microscope image of a measles virus particle, center. Measles is considered one of the most infectious diseases known, and eight cases have been confirmed at a Broward County elementary school. [Associated Press (2015)]
  11. Students read a poem to guests during the African American Read-in at Sheehy Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Tampa.
  12. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  13. Florida lawmakers passed legislation to ban children under 16 from social media. The measure heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he might not sign it into law.
  14. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum at 8201 International Drive in Orlando is part of Ripley Entertainment. The company responded with a tongue-in-cheek offer when three of its books were removed from public schools in Escambia County.
  15. Florida lawmakers are debating a bill that would give schools districts and charter schools an option to use volunteer chaplains to provide counseling and other services to students.
  16. Florida State Senator Jay Collins, shown at a 2023 panel discussion, is promoting legislation to require public school students be taught about communism.
  17. The exterior of Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
  18. Hillsborough County school district headquarters in downtown Tampa, where the school board met on Tuesday.
  19. Students head to class on the first day of school at Pinellas County's East Lake Middle and East Lake High in August 2023. Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature would allow public school principals to enlist "volunteer school chaplains" to help with various "supports, services and programs."
  20. Eisenhower Middle School at 7620 Big Bend Road in Gibsonton in February 2023. Prechae Rodriguez, a behavior support teacher at the Eisenhower Exceptional Center located at the school, was arrested Monday, 11 days after he punched a 9-year-old autistic student  in the face while at the center, deputies said.
  21. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and author who survived the Holocaust, gives a speech titled "On the Threshold of the 21st Century" at Eckerd College on Feb. 9, 1994, in St. Petersburg. Wiesel called for an end to violence, telling a packed auditorium that man's inhumanity to man cannot continue. He was a visiting professor at Eckerd for years before he died in 2016.
  22. Schools across Florida and the nation are trying to overcome a surge in student absenteeism, which experts say can hinder classroom learning even for children who regularly attend.
  23. The Pasco County School Board, seen here meeting in January 2023, will consider approving a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a student who was severely injured in a school bus crash in 2006.
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