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Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times

Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort

TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried. By Thursday afternoon, more than 24 hours after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and tore across the island, the Tampa woman had not heard from any relatives who live there. But she had seen images of the devastation the storm left in its wake. "I'm numb," Irizarry sa …


Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, in Tallahassee during a Senate committee meeting.

Another Bright Futures boost? Florida lawmakers propose higher ed expansions

Veto be darned.

Gov. Rick Scott may have nixed a huge higher education bill in June, but Florida lawmakers are already renewing their push to overhaul the state's higher education system in the coming legislative session, starting with the tuition bills of top students....


Mayor Rick Kriseman wants St. Pete residents to help small businesses recover from Hurricane Irma

Kriseman proclaims Buy Local week in St. Pete to quicken storm recovery

Mayor Rick Kriseman has proclaimed next week to be "'Burg Buy Local Week" in an appeal to residents to help small businesses struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma....


President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Success Act into law in 2015.

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Sept. 17, 2017

Florida was one of the first states to implement a test-based accountability system, and government leaders still supports its efforts wholeheartedly. When they filed their federal Every Student Succeeds Act plan this week, they made that clear, proposing a model that doesn't change the status quo much and doesn't always meet the federal rules. Catch up on this story and other highlights of the week's Florida education news below....