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Former Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran is on tap to be the new president of New College as it undergoes a conservative transformation.
Corcoran, who also served as House speaker, previously sought to be Florida State University’s president.
His plans include tighter controls on faculty hiring and prohibitions on diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
Two members have suggested demoting the president, among other drastic actions. Will they get their way?


  1. Former Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran is on tap to be the new president of New College as it undergoes a conservative transformation.
  2. Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education rejected the African American Studies AP course.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured here at a Las Vegas speech in November, announced a package of sweeping reforms to Florida higher education on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023.
  4. A student makes her way past the sign at New College Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Sarasota, Fla. Your education. Your way. Be original. Be you. That's how New College of Florida describes its approach to higher education in an admission brochure. Newly appointed trustees say they want to overhaul the school.
  5. Jason "Eddie" Speir, left, and Christopher Rufo, two of the controversial new trustees for New College of Florida, address the audience at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the campus of New College of Florida, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 in Sarasota. Going into Tuesday's meeting of the newly remade board, the two have proposed major changes.
  6. Students walk to classes on University of Florida campus Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Gainesville.
  7. Joseph Glover is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida. He is the university's second-ranking officer. He will step down in July.
  8. Students walk through the University of Florida campus on the last day of regular classes for the semester before finals testing week, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, in Gainesville.
  9. Protesters gather outside University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall during a UF Board of Trustees meeting at the  Gainesville campus on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The American Association of University Professors is forming a committee to assess the state of academic freedom in Florida.
  10. A copy of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" inside a book box in Dunedin on Jan. 26, 2023. Pinellas County school officials have removed the book from all high schools.
  11. Nicolette Barone, a fifth-grade teacher at Oak Park Elementary, reacts, after she receives 2023 Teacher of the Year award during the Excellence in Education Awards ceremony at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, in Tampa.
  12. University of Florida political science student Giancarlo Rodriguez holds a protest sign at a UF board of trustees meeting in November. He was among a large group of students contesting the selection of U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as a finalist for the UF president's job. The American Association of University Professors is forming a committee to assess the state of academic freedom in Florida.
  13. State Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, says her bill to expand Florida's school voucher program will "keep parents in the driver's seat," during a meeting of the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee on Jan. 26, 2023.
  14. Federal authorities in Florida have charged 25 people with participating in a wire fraud scheme that created an illegal shortcut for aspiring nurses to get licensed and find employment.
  15. Florida students such as these kindergarten students at Southside Christian Academy in 2011, have taken advantage of education tax credit scholarships and vouchers to attend private schools for two decades. State Republican officials are pushing to expand the program to include education savings accounts.
  16. Attorney Ben Crump and others say they are prepared to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis over blocking an AP African American studies course.
  17. Christopher Rufo, one of six controversial new trustees at New College of Florida, talks with students at the foot of the stage after addressing an audience on the Sarasota campus Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
  18. An architect's rendering shows the outdoor recreation features planned for Pinellas County’s newest middle school, a partnership between the school district and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. The school board voted on Jan. 24, 2023, to name the new campus Mangrove Bay Middle School, after the neighborhood that surrounds it.
  19. Residents hold signs protesting a Hillsborough County proposal to change school boundaries during a meeting at Plant High on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Tampa.
  20. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, opens a special session, on Dec. 12, 2022, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. He later announced that one of his priorities during the 2023 legislative session will be to expand Florida's school voucher program.
  21. Pinellas County schools chief academic officer Dan Evans tells the School Board why the district removed the Toni Morrison novel "The Bluest Eye" from all high schools, during a board meeting on Jan. 24, 2023.
  22. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, shown here with two other frequently challenged books, has been removed from circulation and lessons in all Pinellas County public schools.
  23. Wimauma Elementary School has a new principal. The Hillsborough County School Board appointed Karen Fletcher to the job on Jan. 24, 2023.
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