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A view of the University of Florida from the campus entrance at W University Avenue and SW 13th Street in Gainesville.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
A professor’s complaint alleges that political pressures weigh heavily on decision-makers at Florida’s flagship university.
A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at Oxford High School, killing a 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 14 and 17, officials said.
Their push started with masks and grew to include issues like race and sex education. But not everyone can have their way.


  1. There were no reported injuries after a fire broke out at the arts building at Leto High School in Tampa.
  2. A view of the University of Florida from the campus entrance at W University Avenue and SW 13th Street in Gainesville.
  3. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where questions continue to be raised about academic freedom and school's independence from political forces in Tallahassee.
  4. Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot, where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School, Tuesday in Oxford, Mich. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including at least one teacher.
  5. Parents and children arrive at Egypt Lake Elementary School for the first day of school for Hillsborough County students in August. Parents' role in education means different things to different parents as the debate over their rights continued in Florida.
  6. Dexter Frederick speaks with volunteer nurse and USF doctoral student Morgan Butts regarding a patient at Grace Community Medical Center on Nov. 10.
  7. A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  8. Academy of the Holy Names faces Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  9. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent a message to the campus community addressing the recent controversy over academic freedom.
  10. The Courtyard Tampa Downtown is one of the McKibbon Hospitality hotels where hospitality students at the University of South Florida will have a chance to learn on-site through a new partnership between the school and company, which manages nearly 100 hotels around the country.
  11. The angular peninsula jutting into St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor is home to the USF College of Marine Science. Plans call for a wing of the college to be demolished to make way for an $80 million oceanographic research center. USF hopes to secure $30 million toward the project during the 2022 legislative session. At right is Albert Whitted Airport.
  12. From left, Michael Wright, Triston Williams and Juan Dacosta are the first University of South Florida students to join the Call Me MISTER program, which aims to bring more Black men into Pinellas County's teaching ranks.
  13. Families who oppose mask mandates gathered outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo before an Aug. 24 School Board meeting. The recent push for parents' rights has expanded beyond masks to include other issues.
  14. University of South Florida education student Alyssa Murray, 20, of Dundee, left, makes a selfie with a group of her classmates before signing a precontract binder with the Hillsborough County school district earlier this month. The event hosted 21 middle-grade math teacher candidates who the district hopes will ease the teacher shortage.
  15. "Gender Queer: A Memoir," was written by Maia Kobabe.
  16. Fiona Lashells, 8, speaks during a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis beside her before before he signs bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on private, state government employees and school districts at Brandon Honda in in Brandon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Fiona missed weeks of school in Palm Beach County because of her refusal to follow the district's mask mandate.
  17. The U.S. House’s Committee on Oversight and Reform has given the University of Florida a Dec. 2 deadline to respond to an eight-part records request. The campus entrance at the University of Florida in Gainesville is pictured.
  18. People attend a regular meeting of the Pinellas County school board on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. Parent and resident involvement in school board politics has grown over the past year.
  19. Speech-language pathologist Caitlin Al-Mutawa speaks during a Pasco School Board meeting in December 2020. The public can address the School Board during public meetings, but the district curtailed its ability to comment on district social media pages in November amid a rise in negative remarks.
  20. An unidentified student on his first day of class as IDEA opens two state-sanctioned charter schools of hope in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.
  21. A consultant's rendering of what a football stadium at the University of South Florida could look like. [Courtesy of USF]
  22. Juliane Rodriguez follows along during sixth-grade history class at IDEA Victory, 11612 N Nebraska Ave, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Tampa. IDEA Victory is Hillsborough County's first "School of Hope."
  23. Two students walk across an open space on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Disciplinary records show FSU quietly fired one professor, suspended another who resigned a few months later and allowed a third to remain on the job after it determined they committed sexual misconduct in separate incidents with students.
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