The Education Gradebook

Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
A draft up for discussion by the FHSAA includes some protection against transfers.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
The Orlando-based entertainment company had a novel response when some of its books were among the 1,600 titles pulled from Escambia County schools.
The clock was dedicated in 1949 to alumni killed in World War II. It hadn’t worked properly for at least a decade.


  1. Students read a poem to guests during the African American Read-in at Sheehy Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Tampa.
  2. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  3. Florida lawmakers passed legislation to ban children under 16 from social media. The measure heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he might not sign it into law.
  4. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  5. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum at 8201 International Drive in Orlando is part of Ripley Entertainment. The company responded with a tongue-in-cheek offer when three of its books were removed from public schools in Escambia County.
  6. Florida lawmakers are debating a bill that would give schools districts and charter schools an option to use volunteer chaplains to provide counseling and other services to students.
  7. Florida State Senator Jay Collins, shown at a 2023 panel discussion, is promoting legislation to require public school students be taught about communism.
  8. The exterior of Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
  9. Hillsborough County school district headquarters in downtown Tampa, where the school board met on Tuesday.
  10. Students head to class on the first day of school at Pinellas County's East Lake Middle and East Lake High in August 2023. Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature would allow public school principals to enlist "volunteer school chaplains" to help with various "supports, services and programs."
  11. Eisenhower Middle School at 7620 Big Bend Road in Gibsonton in February 2023. Prechae Rodriguez, a behavior support teacher at the Eisenhower Exceptional Center located at the school, was arrested Monday, 11 days after he punched a 9-year-old autistic student  in the face while at the center, deputies said.
  12. Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and author who survived the Holocaust, gives a speech titled "On the Threshold of the 21st Century" at Eckerd College on Feb. 9, 1994, in St. Petersburg. Wiesel called for an end to violence, telling a packed auditorium that man's inhumanity to man cannot continue. He was a visiting professor at Eckerd for years before he died in 2016.
  13. Schools across Florida and the nation are trying to overcome a surge in student absenteeism, which experts say can hinder classroom learning even for children who regularly attend.
  14. The Pasco County School Board, seen here meeting in January 2023, will consider approving a $1.2 million settlement with the family of a student who was severely injured in a school bus crash in 2006.
  15. Times reporter Gabrielle Calise, who is on guitar with the band Bitter Quitters and the Interludes, culminates Ladies Rock Camp performing at Bayboro Brewing in St. Petersburg on Feb. 11.
  16. With rates of chronically absent students increasing statewide and nationally, educators are seeing the trend play out mostly in high schools. Pictured here are Gulf High School students boarding buses during dismissal on April 1, 2022, in New Port Richey.
  17. Andrew Bain speaks after being appointed as state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Aug. 9, 2023.
  18. Florida House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa, has questioned whether a bill to prevent minors from accessing social media would be enforceable. Students say they would like more lawmakers to hear their views on proposals such as this one.
  19. Former state Sen. John Legg is using money left over from an abandoned legislative campaign to run for Pasco County schools superintendent.
  20. Beth Hess, a teacher in River Ridge High School's New Teacher Academy, greets her students at the start of class. The class weighed in on existing and proposed Florida laws affecting young people.
  21. From left, Hillsborough County School Board candidates Nadia Combs, Jessica Vaughn, Angela Fullwood and Julie Magill take questions during a Tampa Tiger Bay Club forum at the Cuban Club on Friday in Ybor City.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at NeoCity Academy in Kissimmee on Jan. 26.
  23. Orange County School Board Member Alicia Farrant joins Gov. Ron DeSantis in Orlando for a news conference discussing book challenges in Florida schools. DeSantis called for reforms to the process, saying "bad actors" have hijacked the system.
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