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School district scraps idea for in-house clinic
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School district scraps idea for in-house clinic

Bradenton, FL (AP) -- A southwest Florida school board has backed off plans for an in-house health clinic amid criticism from local tea party activists.

The Manatee County School Board had taken bids from a half dozen medical companies to open an in-house clinic that could provide basic medical care to its 5,700 staff members.

But the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Thursday that Superintendent Tim McGonegal announced the district was scrapping the idea to focus on "other financial issues and challenges."

The idea was heavily criticized by tea party activists at recent school board meetings. They said board members shouldn't get involved in providing medical services.

Estimates showed the district could save about $1.5 million over three years even if only 40 percent of district workers used the health clinic.

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