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Teachers, activists in Tampa blast ‘schools of hope’ legislation

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Two weeks ago, the Florida House spent more than three hours debating a bill to attract specialized, high-performing charter schools to Florida as an alternative to struggling public schools. On Thursday, with time running out in the 2017 Session, teacher union officials, educators and activists denounced the controversial $200 million spending plan (HB 1505) at a news conference outside of Essrig Elementary School in northwest Tampa. “Diverting $200 million in our taxpayer money away from our children’s public schools to unaccountable…

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Advocates call on Marco Rubio to protect immigrant families as Donald Trump era begins

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House Speaker Paul Ryan told a national cable television audience Thursday night that federal troops won’t be coming after undocumented immigrants once Donald Trump takes power next week. But that comment alone isn’t likely to reverse the high anxiety felt in that community. On Saturday, Latino immigrant rights groups are planning for a national day of protest and activities around immigrant and refugee rights. On Friday, representatives from various organizations expressed their own concerns at a news conference inside the West Tampa offices of Mi Familia…

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Immigration activists say they should count in Rick Scott’s Florida

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In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Rick Scott hailed Florida’s diversity, featuring sentences in his speech that mentioned that “we are home to over 250 languages,” and “we are clearly the best melting pot in the world.” But in Ybor City’s Centennial Park in Tampa on Wednesday, a group of immigration activists said that the governor’s pride in the state’s multiculturalism clearly doesn’t extend to those fighting for comprehensive immigration reform. “What he failed to say is that he…

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