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Dan Evans, chief academic officer for Pinellas County Schools, tells school board members why the district removed the Toni Morrison novel "The Bluest Eye" from all high schools during a board meeting on Jan. 24.
Some contend the administration ignored its own procedures for reviewing challenged books.
Topics that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration raised concerns about are seemingly absent from the final course curriculum.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
A majority of new trustees asserts its power, and students are stunned.

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  1. Dan Evans, chief academic officer for Pinellas County Schools, tells school board members why the district removed the Toni Morrison novel "The Bluest Eye" from all high schools during a board meeting on Jan. 24.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis has released his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis has previously objected to some of the topics and suggested readings in a new AP African American studies course. The College Board on Wednesday released an official outline for the course, which had differences from the pilot curriculum.
  4. A patient is prepared for admission by emergency room nurses at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. 
As Florida hospitals see staffing shortages, problems persist with the pipeline of new nurses coming into the system. The state's pass rates on the national licensing exam for nurses continue to be the lowest in the nation.
  5. A copy of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" inside a Little Free Library in Crystal Beach on Jan. 26.
  6. New College student senate (student alliance) president Libby Harrity, 19, organizes protestors while where she joined other students to voice concerns over the appointment of new board of trustees members by Gov. Ron DeSantis at New College on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, outside the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on the school in Sarasota.
  7. New College students attend a protest of the appointment of new board of trustees members by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the school's Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on Tuesday.
  8. Former Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is on tap to be the new president of New College as it undergoes a conservative transformation.
  9. Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education rejected the African American Studies AP course.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured here at a Las Vegas speech in November, announced a package of sweeping reforms to Florida higher education on Tuesday.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Students walk to classes on University of Florida campus Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Gainesville.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Attorney Ben Crump and others say they are prepared to sue Gov. Ron DeSantis over blocking an AP African American studies course.
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