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Pinellas commissioners to county administrator: Find money for school nurses

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Much of Thursday’s discussion about Pinellas County’s budget centered on school nurses – or the lack of them in a proposed spending list for the 2016-17 fiscal year. “The school nurses are not in the recommendations,” Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard told commissioners. It was an unpopular omission from the $15.7 million list. “We’re either going to pay now or later,” Commissioner Karen Seel said. “I’d rather grow healthy children.” Seel was the driving force behind a proposal to shift…

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Tampa Bay Times’ “Failure Factories” series recognized by Columbia Journalism Review

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The Tampa Bay Times has been honored as one of the best examples of journalism in 2015 by the Columbia Journalism review. In a breakdown of the good vs. the bad, The Times’ Failure Factories series was recognized as one of nine examples of stand out reporting. “The Tampa Bay Times’ ongoing series on five underperforming elementary schools tells a story that national media is less likely to cover,” an excerpt from the review reads. The series chronicles Campbell Park,…

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