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Florida voters will decide Aug. 23 who sits on school boards across the state.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
A college researcher is studying the futuristic technology that allows people to make abstract art with just their minds.
District finances, school culture are among the topics, with seven candidates vying for three seats.
School Board chairperson Eileen Long has called for a review of the school’s leadership.


  1. The USF Bulls could be playing their football games on campus in 2026.
  2. Saint Leo University's Leo the Lion sculpture, a gift from the Student Government Union, stands between Kirk Hall and the Donald R. Tapia College of Business on the Pasco County campus.
  3. Florida voters will decide Aug. 23 who sits on school boards across the state.
  4. Bus drivers for the Pasco County school system demonstrate April 29, 2022 at district headquarters, saying they are underpaid. Employee salaries, along with district finances and a proposed property tax referendum are among the issues in this year's races for School Board.
  5. Marvin Andujar, computer science and engineering professor and director of the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab at the University of South Florida, explains how student Tyree Lewis can use brain-computer interface technology to paint images with his brain. Lewis is assisting with the project.
  6. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks about his education philosophy during a May 5 speech at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
  7. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, speaks at the social conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual "Road to the Majority" conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 9, 2017.
  8. An unidentified family attended Gov. Ron DeSantis' signing of legislation that places new requirements on school book selection, at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on March 25, 2022. DeSantis said the new law provides additional rights for parents in their children's education.
  9. State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser announced he is stepping down.
  10. Pinellas School Board chairperson Eileen Long wants answers to why four Tarpon Springs High School assistant principals quit their jobs over the past year.
  11. Students at Hillsborough High School participate in a statewide school walk-out in March to protest legislation to limit instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation. Battles over the measure, which takes effect Friday, continue across the state in courts, school board sessions and political campaigns.
  12. As a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Pasco County School Board, Al Hernandez is facing questions from opponents about his residency.
  13. Ashley Johnson teaches civics to seventh graders at Lauderdale Lakes Middle on the first day of school in Broward on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Teachers are raising concerns about new civics materials being presented to them for the 2022-23 school year.
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly signs HB7, "individual freedom," also dubbed the "stop woke" bill during a news conference at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., on Friday, April 22, 2022. DeSantis also signed two other bills into laws including one regarding the "big tech" bill signed last year but set aside due to a court ruling, and the special districts bill, which relates to the Reedy Creek Improvement District. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald via AP)
  15. Frank and Carol Morsani have donated to the University of South Florida for more than 45 years. Their latest gift of $7 million will create scholarships for students and positions in geriatrics and business.
  16. Schoolchildren holding signs against the concept of critical race theory stand on stage alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he addresses the crowd before signing HB 7 in April. A federal judge is considering whether to delay implementation of the law.
  17. In this Jan. 11 photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee. Florida high school students applying for the state’s college and vocational school scholarship program will be able to substitute paid work experience for volunteering under a bill signed by DeSantis at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa on Monday.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 7, titled the "Individual Freedom" bill and also known as the "Stop Woke Act," at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens on April 22.
  19. Candidates for Pinellas School Board District 7, Karl Nurse (far left) and Caprice Edmond (far right) are pictured on Election Day at The Coliseum on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg. School board races across Florida have become more partisan just two years later.
  20. In this image from a University of Florida video, Ron Sachs discusses events that led him to challenge the state's abortion law in 1971 when he was editor of the Alligator student newspaper. Pictured at left is the list of abortion clinics and counseling centers that the Alligator published in what was said to be a violation of state law at the time.
  21. Academy of the Holy Names Catholic School in Tampa is one of several religious schools in Florida that accepts tax credit scholarships.
  22. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion in the school voucher case, Carson vs. Makin.
  23. Madison Middle School is one of Hillsborough County's underutilized campuses. District officials are making plans to balance enrollments across the county.
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