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Janet Cruz: Hillsborough school AC issues part of much bigger problem

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With a new school year kicking off this month, parents across Florida logically expected that the state is providing the proper environment necessary for children to achieve their greatest potential. That’s why I was outraged to read last week about students in Hillsborough County who are languishing in sweltering classrooms because the school district simply does not have the resources to fund the proper maintenance of air conditioners in schools.

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Budget writers settle up on school construction funding

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A key budget committee met for the second time on Sunday and hashed out previously unresolved conflicts on education funding, including some $700 million in cash and bonding for construction for K-12 and higher education institutions. The inclusion of money from bonds is something Gov. Rick Scott – a budget hawk who loathes debt – opposes.  But Conference Committee Chair Rep. Richard Corcoran said it just makes sense. “Any time you have rates that are this low, you’re getting money for much cheaper, ”…

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