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Judge Perry A. Little swears in new Hillsborough County School Board member Nadia Combs in November. Combs has joined fellow new board member Jessica Vaughn in pushing for more transparency in district actions.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Each school will host its own commencement, with dates set for late May and early June.
Nadia Combs, Jessica Vaughn and Karen Perez say the district needs to keep the public better informed.
A bill addressing the issue will be heard in the Senate Education Committee during the first week of the legislative session.

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  1. Graduate assistants Dylan Allen and Marisa Garrison work on the genetic sequencing project at the University of South Florida.
  2. Judge Perry A. Little swears in new Hillsborough County School Board member Nadia Combs in November. Combs has joined fellow new board member Jessica Vaughn in pushing for more transparency in district actions.
  3. Hillsborough County School Board members Nadia Combs, left, and Jessica Vaughn attend an unusual "member-to-member" meeting on Thursday. Board member Karen Perez, who attended remotely, can be seen on the screen above.
  4. Pasco eSchool assistant principal Erin Senior records her portion of her school's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony in advance of the event. This year's ceremonies will be in-person.
  5. From left, Jessica Vaughn, Nadia Combs, Henry "Shake" Washington and Lynn Gray pose during an event before the Nov. 3 election. With all four now on the Hillsborough School Board, Vaughn and Combs have scheduled a special meeting in which the two of them will talk about pressing issues involving the school district. Washington will not attend, nor will Gray, who says there are more conventional ways to communicate.
  6. Legislation before the Florida Senate would cancel the rule that ties third grade promotion to reading test results. The bill got a boost with the support of the Senate Education Committee chairman.
  7. Senate Education chairman Joe Gruters holds a Zoom conference call on Wednesday with school board members from Pasco, Hernando and three other counties.
  8. Hernando County School Board member Susan Duval and superintendent John Stratton wear masks during a special board meeting in July. The board approved a resolution this week opposing a lawmaker's push to turn the superintendent's job into an elected position.
  9. Pharmacist Aji Kannamal administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at the Winn Dixie pharmacy in Apollo Beach. Classroom teachers age 50 and older soon could be added to the priority list for the injections.
  10. Jonacee Penick teaches students with varying exceptionalities at McLane Middle School on Brandon.
  11. State Sen. Dennis Baxley has filed a bill that would limit financial aid for degrees the state deems unlikely to result in a job.
  12. A screenshot of the ReadingIQ program, which Age of Learning is offering to Florida children free of charge through Dec. 31.
  13. A teacher works with students at Apollo Beach Elementary in Hillsborough County while everyone wears masks. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older will get access to vaccines next, but he did not go into detail.
  14. The federal government announced it will not waive its requirement for annual standardized tests this year. [Associated Press]
  15. Dunedin High School senior Milan Gillum asks the Pinellas County School Board to consider student safety suggestions that would allow for prom.
  16. Ensuring children can read before they leave elementary school — a priority of state House leaders in 2021 — is one issue that gains widespread support in Tallahassee. Some other subjects are more controversial.
  17. House Speaker Chris Sprowls.
  18. Students arrive at Newsome High in Lithia on October 22, 2020. The coronavirus spread reached 115 known cases since the school reopened in August.
  19. Hillsborough County School Board members Nadia Combs, left, and Jessica Vaughn are calling a "member-to-member" meeting Thursday to discuss the district's troubled finances.
  20. Desks are spaced out in Tara Ruggiero's kindergarten classroom at Macfarlane Park IB Elementary. Many kindergartners did not show up for school statewide this year, prompting concerns about enrollment and funding.
  21. Florida schools have opened to students since the fall. Other states are considering research from Florida and elsewhere as they decide whether to follow suit.
  22. Dr. Jose Herazo-Maya was recently appointed associate chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at USF Health. A patient, philanthropist Timothy Ubben, donated $1 million to the school for lung research.
  23. John Strattonis Hernando County's appointed schools superintendent. State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, unhappy with Stratton, wants to let voters pick the district's top executive. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times]
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