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Ana Ceballos - Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Ana Ceballos is a politics and policy reporter for the Miami Herald. She has covered Florida state government for the Associated Press, Naples Daily News and the News Service of Florida. Before she moved to the Sunshine State, she lived in California and Mexico. She has a journalism degree from San Diego State University, where she was the manager of the student-run newspaper. Go Aztecs!

  1. Dolphin Bay Elementary School student Dael Fernandez gets an assist with his mask from his mom, Cynthia Fernandez, on Aug. 16, the first day of school in Broward County. Broward is one of several Florida school districts facing financial penalties for defying state orders against mask mandates.
  2. Students and parents made their way to Loretto Elementary School along Loretto Road in August. Students arrived for the first day of the new school year at Loretto Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida's Mandarin neighborhood Tuesday morning, August 10, 2021. With the new surge in COVID-19 infections, the Duval County School Board has adopted a masking policy for students and staff, and parents were not allowed to enter the schools.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran answers a reporter’s questions at Clearwater's High Point Elementary School in September.
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    Sitting on stage inside Mater Academy in Hialeah, Gov. Ron Desantis signed a bill for a pay raise for Florida teachers that was accomplished with bipartisan support.
  5. Students arrive at Leto High for the first day of school in Hillsborough County last month. The Hillsborough school district, like others across Florida, will let parents decide whether to quarantine a child who was exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms.
  6. St. Petersburg High students Sydney Conroy, right, and Toby Lam wear a masks as they arrive on Aug. 11, 2021, the first day of school in Pinellas County.
  7. Members of Florida's immigrant population express their disappointment after a Senate Judiciary Committee voted on a bill in 2019 that would prohibit “sanctuary cities” and require state and local law enforcement to comply with U.S. officials.
  8. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard-educated researcher, was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to become Florida's next surgeon general on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
  9. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran, seen here at a briefing earlier this year, was notified Friday that federal officials are investigating his department. In a letter, the U.S. Department of Education said it will investigate whether Florida's ban on mask mandates prevents disabled children from safely returning to school.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis prevailed in a Friday ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal, but the legal battle over school mask mandates in Florida is far from over.
  11. Florida Sen. Lauren Book is shown during a legislative session on April 28 in Tallahassee.
  12. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker speaking during 2016 graduation ceremonies at the Florida State University College of Law. [Florida State College of Law]
  13. Circuit Court Judge John Cooper in Leon County.
  14. Students sit in an algebra class at Barbara Coleman Senior High School on the first day of school in Miami Lakes.
  15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis listens to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody during a press conference in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021.
  16. Voters in Senate District 37 received dark money-funded mailers that featured little-known, no-party candidate Alex Rodriguez. The mailers aimed to “confuse” voters.
  17. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  18. Gov. Ron DeSantis lost a round in court Friday in the debate over masks in schools.
  19. Mark. S, Inch, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, at the State Capitol, May, 1, 2019.
  20. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees acknowledged the importance of contact tracing but offered little detail on the state’s long-term plan on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
  21. Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview in early August.
  22. In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, an election worker sorts vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections, in Doral, Florida.
  23. Lawyers and witnesses showed up for the start of a virtual trial on Monday in a parent-led lawsuit challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order to prevent mask requirements in schools. Leon County Judge John Cooper is in the panel at bottom right.