Tampa News Wednesday, March 14 School districts, School safety, St. patrick’s & more…


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Romano: What does 47 cents buy? Florida schools are about to find out

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  • Legislators dropped what they were doing in the final weeks of the session, and came up with a budget that included a sizable boost for school safety.
  • Superintendents for the largest school districts in Florida say the safety plans will eat up their entire allowance, and force them to dip into general classroom funds to make ends meet.
  • The Legislatures proposed budget, if passed, will force Florida school districts to cut millions of dollars from our budgets cuts that will impact our schools, our communities and the children we serve, Broward superintendent Robert Runcie wrote in an op-ed.
  • The question is are we putting the cost of school safety onto the backs of our hard-working teachers and the students, Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego said Monday.
  • Legislators were quick to point out that school funding is increasing by $101.50 per pupil, but much of that increase is devoted to safety measures and other funds tied to specific earmarks.

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Parties, parades, pub crawls and more for St. Patrick’s Day in Tampa Bay

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  • Tampa cracked the top 10 this year in Wallethubs list of the best cities in the country for St. Patricks Day parties No. 8, in fact thanks to its many Irish bars and pubs, not to mention traditions like dyeing the Hillsborough River green and letting the Rough Riders take…
  • Greenfest St. Patricks Day Bash The 12th annual party features beer, a costume contest, childrens activities, Irish party favors, live music by Ken Apperson (noon-3 p.m.), Skylar Clark (2:30-5:30 p.m.) and Johnny Shelton Band (7-11 p.m.) plus an Irish buffet including corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie and bangers and…
  • South Tampa Dubliner St. Patricks Day Party The Dubliner does it up again this year for St. Patricks Day with a huge party starting with an Irish brunch that turns into an all-day party with live entertainment, Irish dancers, green beer, games, giveaways and Irish food.
  • St. Patricks Day Double Header Four Green Fields parties for two days with authentic Irish food, beer and music by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones.
  • St. Patricks Day OBriens North Tampa The party starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in North Tampa and goes on until 2 a.m. with bagpipers, performances by Scariff Academy of Irish Dance, green beer, Irish food and music by the Wyndbreakers, Flyte and Pheonix (tent); and Emigrant Sons, the Wyndbreakers and…

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USF adjuncts vote overwhelmingly to unionize. ‘I didn’t know it was going to turn out this well.’

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  • It was still dark on Tuesday morning when a half-dozen adjunct professors piled into a big white van in the vacant parking lot of University Mall in Tampa.
  • PREVIOUS COVERAGE: In union push at USF, adjunct professors strive for more respect and a living wage It became clear, very quickly, that the pro-union pile was only going to grow higher.
  • USF officials have said a union will add costs and negate adjuncts flexibility.
  • The adjuncts had been worried, briefly, when USF brought in a consultant this winter to host union info sessions.
  • Many of the adjuncts leading the union push at USF have been following their peers negotiations closely, though the schools are much different.

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