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Beginning Jan. 1, a half-penny increase will go into effect for Hillsborough County sales taxes to benefit the local public school district. Voters approved the referendum by 56 percent in the midterm election.

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With a week left until the midterm elections, some advocacy groups are working to gain support for Hillsborough County tax referendums. Representatives from All for Transportation and Strengthen our Schools were in Tampa Monday, trying to encourage Hillsborough County residents to vote for local initiatives. 

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This year, there have been stories of schoolchildren being sent home because of blistering heat in classrooms where the air conditioning is either broken or on the way out.

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Last month was the Tampa Bay Area’s hottest September on record and because of constant air conditioning problems, some Hillsborough County students felt the heat more than others.

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More than 11,000 students will be graduating from Hillsborough County Public Schools over the next two weeks, and five of them have accomplished a notable feat.

Each one has have never missed a day of school since kindergarten.

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School districts across Florida are reviewing their security plans and addressing safety concerns after a mass shooting at a Broward County high school earlier this week that killed 17 people. 

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In the past decade, Puerto Rico has seen over 10 percent of their population leave for Florida and other parts of the U.S. mainland due to a deep economic crisis. This number is expected to spike as Tampa Bay area schools prepare for an influx of displaced students from Puerto Rico in the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Florida is home to some of the country's largest school districts but according to a report from the Florida Department of Education, it doesn't have enough teachers.

That means school districts are coming up with new ways to fill vacancies.