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Vinik Family Foundation gives $5M to IDEA Public Schools

The Vinik Family Foundation gave $5 million to help IDEA Public Schools launch new schools in Hillsborough, Polk and Pinellas Counties. IDEA, a network of tuition-free, college preparatory public charter schools, plans to launch four new schools in Tampa-St. Pete area in 2021, eventually growing to 20 schools at 10 campuses in Tampa Bay by 2028. At full scale, IDEA will serve almost 15,000 K-12 students in Tampa Bay annually, a news release said. The Vinik Family Foundation is a private foundation created and managed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife Penny.

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