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  1. Richard Corcoran, left, speaks with David Rancourt, the dean of students at New College of Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Sarasota. The two were at a forum for faculty as part of the process to select the next president at New College, where Corcoran has served as interim president for six months. Corcoran is one of three candidates for the permanent job.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill to expand school vouchers across Florida during a news conference on March 27 in Miami. Six months later, many families say they have yet to get their first voucher installments paid, putting their children's education at risk.
  3. Attendees in a crowded chamber room wave cards of support for a speaker during the public comment portion of a meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford on Tuesday evening, September 19, 2023. Many of the speakers were commenting on the subject of book bans.
  4. Erica McCray, left, an associate dean in the College of Education, meets University of Florida President Ben Sasse moments before Sasse shared his strategic vision for UF during a meeting with faculty on Aug. 25 in Gainesville.
  5. The Florida Board of Governors has proposed a policy to go with Florida's new law regulating who can use what restrooms at the state's public universities. Violators could face discipline, including dismissal.
  6. Pasco-Hernando State College will get its fifth president in 2024. Trustees named Jesse Pisors of Texas to replace retiring Tim Beard.
  7. Jesse Pisors was announced as the fifth president of Pasco-Hernando State College on Sept. 19, 2023.
  8. Pinellas County resident Katie Harvey reads a passage from "Water for Elephants" to the school board during a meeting on Aug. 1. The district later restricted the book to juniors and seniors with parental permission.
  9. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023 in Sarasota.
  10. Charter schools such as IDEA Victory, shown here in 2021, now account for 17% of Hillsborough County school enrollment.
  11. Gov. Ron DeSantis displays a University of Florida baseball jersey given to him on Sept. 13, 2021, when it was announced that the school achieved a No. 5 spot in annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The gift was presented by UF board of trustees chairperson Mori Hosseini, left. In the 2024 rankings announced today, UF fell to No. 6 among public universities.
  12. Crossing guard Tony Pinion, left, gives a fist bump to Andrés Cantero while his father, Angel Cantero, walks him to Carrollwood K-8 School on the first day of class Aug. 10. Hillsborough County's K-8 schools are growing in popularity as traditional elementary and middle schools are shrinking.
  13. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, urges senators to support HB 1 expanding Florida's school voucher program in March 2003. Simon included a provision aiming to reduce "onerous" regulations on public education as part of the bill.
  14. Pasco County parent Jessica Wright urges the school board to reject the use of 'Foundations in Personal Finance' by Dave Ramsey during a public hearing on June 20, 2023.
  15. Fifteen of this year's National Merit Scholar semifinalists were at Strawberry Crest High School in east Hillsborough County.
  16. Raphael Bostic, left, chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, with Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile.
  17. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs legislation in March 2023 allowing more Florida school children become eligible for taxpayer-funded school vouchers. Critics want more transparency for how the money is being spent.
  18. Students arrive for the start of the day at Altamonte Christian School in Altamonte Springs, on March 10, 2023. Since 2001, the state has offered tax credit scholarships and vouchers to assist students attending private schools, including religious schools.
  19. The entrance to Zephyrhills High, where altercations involving 14 students broke out during lunchtime Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023.
  20. Students take refuge in the shade in between classes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2023.
  21. The State Board of Education members, from left to right, Manny Diaz Jr., Ben Gibson, Ryan Petty, and Kelly Garcia meet to make a decision on whether to adopt a number of rules required by new state laws in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Willie J. Allen Jr./Orlando Sentinel via AP)
  22. Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. speaks at a news conference on legislation affecting teachers as Gov. Ron DeSantis listens on May 9. Diaz's department is facing criticism from school district leaders for giving unclear direction on how to follow the state's new education laws.
  23. Speakers offer their opinions to the Pinellas County School Board during its final public hearing on the 2023-24 budget on Tuesday.
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