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  1. Pinellas votes today on whether to join lawsuit against controversial education bill


    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]
  2. Hillsborough to move ahead on school budget, still uncertain about the cost of Irma


    TAMPA — As school officials in Hillsborough County move forward to finalize a $3 billion budget, it's impossible to say how much Hurricane Irma will end up costing them — or how soon they'll get money back from the federal government.

    HIllsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins, center, says most of the district's buildings did not suffer damage from Hurricane Irma. However, as the district prepares to finalize its 2017-18 budget, it is tallying up storm expenses that include school repairs, wages for employees who staffed shelters, fuel, supplies and more than 34,000 shelter meals. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  3. USF St. Petersburg leader forced out for botching Irma evacuation


    ST. PETERSBURG — While students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg awaited a lashing from Hurricane Irma, the school's leader fled the state for Atlanta and insinuated in an email to her boss that she remained on campus — going so far as to say things were quiet and that she heard birds …

    Anthony Loffler, a senior at USF St. Petersburg walks Jennings, the dog he works with as a puppy raiser on the USF St. Petersburg campus in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Loffler began working with Jennings in early December and is a member of the USF St. Petersburg Puppy Raising Club.