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The new struggle for Florida schools: Paying for education — and security
Hillsborough County School Officer Obed Gerena stands in front of Cahoon Elementary School in Tampa in 2012. Florida lawmakers now are requiring school districts to put some kind of security officer on every campus, but district leaders say the state didn't set aside enough money to accomplish the task. In recent days, they've started to look at possible cuts to education budgets. [SKIP O'ROURKE  | Times]
Florida school district leaders are faced with a school security dilemma.Lawmakers are requiring them to add armed safety officers or "guardians" to every elementary, middle and high school campus, and they set aside $170 million for the task. But...
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, and mass shooting survivors, from left, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind participate in a panel discussion about guns on March 20 at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, in Cambridge, Mass. The Feb. 14, 2018, attack in Florida killed 17 people, 14 of them students. The students have become vocal advocates for stricter gun laws. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) MASR101
A Democratic wave from younger voters and Puerto Ricans? Don’t bank on it
Tropicana Field lit up after the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox in game two of the American League Championship at Tropicana Field. The photo was taken around 3:14 a.m. [Times files (2008)]
20 years of Rays and ‘the things we’ve loved’ about them
Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Company, stands next to rolls of newsprint at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant. Each roll weighs about a ton, and the Times uses 17,000 tons a year. [JIM DAMASKE |  Times]
Tariffs on paper will hurt us, and our readers

Fun Fact


Editorial: Fighting meth’s killer comeback

While opioids hold center stage in the nation’s drug war, methamphetamine is making a destructive comeback. Though meth has largely fallen off the public’s radar, seizures and arrests are up, and...

Editorial: Scott blames others, avoids responsibility after crises
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US & World

Parents charged with abusing teen,16, over arranged marriage
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