The Education Gradebook

The Florida House has passed a bill that would block transgender children from playing on sports teams that align with their gender.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
School Board members showed no interest in ending the district mask mandate before the school year ends.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
The Department of Education will look into whether the school district violated federal law by sharing personal student information without consent.


  1. The Hillsborough School Board, seen here during its April 13 meeting, will meet again Friday for a special session requested by chairwoman Lynn Gray.
  2. The Florida House has passed a bill that would block transgender children from playing on sports teams that align with their gender.
  3. Members of the University of South Florida presidential search committee listen to candidate Jeffrey Vitter in 2019, part of a process that led to the selection of Steve Currall. A proposal making its way through the Florida Legislature would obscure the early stages of university presidential searches from public view.
  4. A student is pictured holding her mask at St. Petersburg High on the first day of classes in August. Pinellas County school officials say they want to continue the mask mandate through the end of the school year, but might try making them voluntary for summer classes.
  5. Hackers who sought $40 million in ransom from a South Florida school district that refused to pay have now published nearly 26,000 stolen files.
  6. Caitlin Al-Mutawa, of Tampa, a speech-language pathologist with Veteran's Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, speaks out against student information and data sharing between the Pasco County Schools and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office during a Pasco School Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Land O' Lakes.
  7. Signs advising students on ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus were placed throughout the University of South Florida last year, including at this location on the St. Petersburg campus. Since January, the school has also offered a limited number of vaccines.
  8. Hills borough Commissioner Kimberly Overman wants the county to preserve the 769 acres for which the University of South Florida is seeking development proposals. (Photo courtesy of Jeannie Mounger).
  9. On social media over the weekend, Hillsborough County School Board member Jessica Vaughn asked if there might be enough votes to fire district superintendent Addison Davis.
  10. Many Floridians are kept on the outside of the process as lawmakers negotiate budget and policy issues inside the state Capitol during the 2021 session.
  11. Chloe Wang, 18, a senior at Carrollwood Day School, poses for a photograph Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Carrollwood. Wang plans to attend South Hadley, Mass. in the fall.
  12. Hudson High in Pasco County reported 12 coronavirus cases this week, an unusually high number for a school that has been averaging three or four a month.
  13. Then-gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham, center, speaks during a private fundraiser at a Panama City home in 2017.
  14. Ms. Euda Toural-Romero, a Spanish teacher, leads her students in a lesson using a digital board, at Excelsior Prep Charter School on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Tampa.
  15. Student Zachary Ashcroft wears a Mickey Mouse mask at Hillsborough High on the first day of the 2020-21 school year for Hillsborough County.
  16. The USF Forest Preserve, north of the university's Tampa campus, is home to a cypress flood plain. Critics of a plan to seek developer interest in the preserve say the habitat is important for clean drinking water, flood mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions storage in Tampa Bay.
  17. Richard Corcoran, Education Commissioner of Florida,  during a roundtable discussion at Winthrop College Prep Academy,  12802 U.S. Hwy. 301, on Aug. 10, 2020 in Riverview.
  18. The House voted 101-16 to approve a bill (HB 997) that would create a records exemption for applicants to become college and university presidents.
  19. A group of parents has been pressuring the Pinellas County School Board to end its mask mandate for several months.
  20. Third-grade teacher Angel Loux, left, talks with art teacher Lashonda Wilburn at Hillsborough County school district headquarters Tuesday, where parents and teachers complained to the School Board about budget cuts that will eliminate about 1,000 jobs in the district. Loux and Wilburn teach at Lomax Magnet Elementary School in Tampa. Wilburn was told she is losing her job at the end of the year.
  21. Dakeyan "Dre" Graham was a music educator and Florida teacher of the year when he worked for the Hillsborough County school district. Now he leads the Independent Education & Parental Choice office for the Florida Department of Education.
  22. Students in the Pinellas County school district have been required to wear masks on campus since in-person classes resumed in fall 2020. The district has no plan to end the mask mandate at this point, superintendent Mike Grego said Tuesday.
  23. A new study will attempt to explore the reasons people experience severe allergic reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines.