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Chamberlain Chiefs pitcher Lani Trent winds up a pitch during a high school softball game in 2019. The Hillsborough County School District has been reconsidering its approach to mascots that draw from Native American culture.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Restoration specialists helped to spruce up the historic building, which is nearly a century old.
Any changes would take place in January, says superintendent Kurt Browning.

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  1. Chamberlain Chiefs pitcher Lani Trent winds up a pitch during a high school softball game in 2019. The Hillsborough County School District has been reconsidering its approach to mascots that draw from Native American culture.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  2. Labor leader Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins (second from left) at a 2018 bargaining session with the Hillsborough County school district. Also shown: Teacher Cherie Miller, former union president Jean Clements and Lindsey Blankenbaker, who now works for the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.  [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
  3. Chamberlain High School
  4. Two newly hired physical education teachers at a Florida elementary school were arrested after the shooting of a man whose apartment they entered thinking it belonged to someone else following a night of drinking.
  5. Centner Academy’s three-story preschool is located in the Design District, Miami’s upscale luxury shopping mecca.
  6. Schools across Florida and the nation are struggling to find enough bus drivers to get students to school and home again in a timely fashion. Districts have looked to increased pay and changed schedules to address the problem.
  7. The Pasco County school district is considering changing all school start times in January 2022 to help cope with a bus driver shortage. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
  8. Florida health and education department officials continue to seek ways to ban schools from imposing mask mandates without opt-out provisions. Some schools are taking other steps to keep virus spread down, including the use of plastic shields.
  9. The front of the newly renovated St. Petersburg High School.
  10. At the University of South Florida, two new groups — a task force and a faculty and staff association — will focus on the challenges facing Latino students.
  11. Fifth-grade science teacher Jessie Tripp, center, visits with students Synncere Kidd, left, and Trevaughn Hill, right, as the children transition between classes on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Sandy Lane Elementary in Clearwater. Tripp's classroom, at right, lacks a door to separate the hall from the learning space.
  12. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva, shown speaking to the State Board of Education in 2019, says teachers' messaging that schools aren't safe is 'reckless.'
  13. Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz shown at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale in 2019. A hearing was scheduled for Friday morning in the cases.
  14. Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed federal officials to meet with local law enforcement across the nation to discuss strategies to deal with harassment and threats against school board members.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  15. Members of the Florida Senate fill the chamber during the 2020 legislative session. A Senate bill proposed for the 2022 session would make mask mandates illegal in the state.
  16. Opponents, left, and supporters of a mask mandate, right, square off outside the Pinellas County school district headquarters before the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Largo.
  17. The Center for Innovation & Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches Elementary is one of 81 choice programs offered by Pinellas County Schools for the 2022-23 academic year.
  18. Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning chats with School Board member Alison Crumbley at a board meeting in November 2020. A County Commission plan would draw Crumbley out of her member district.
  19. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey's second home will now be in her commission district.
  20. An unidentified, anti-mask protester was escorted out of a Hillsborough County School Board retreat in May.
  21. The entrance to Fivay High School, where the teacher of the year is facing a reprimand over accusations he submitted falsified records relating to 10 special education students.
  22. In this image from a YouTube video, the Wiregrass Ranch High School Band performs in May. Wiregrass Ranch and John Long Middle School make up one of four new pathways that students interested in orchestra can apply to through Pasco County's choice process.
  23. Broward County school superintendent Vickie Cartwright speaks at a Sept. 28 meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. The commission's chairperson, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that only about five people in any given school use a new app designed to target the location of an emergency on campus. Cartwright said efforts are underway to dispel misconceptions about the app.
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