The Education Gradebook

The Florida State Board of Education discusses barring "critical race theory" from K-12 classrooms during a meeting June 10, 2021, in Jacksonville.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
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If the district approves, Mater Academy plans to open schools in the east part of the county.
Superintendent Addison Davis projects great gains at Foster and Oak Park elementary schools.


  1. The Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor Performance Ensemble has been selected to perform in the 2022 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The award-winning band, one of just 10 picked for the event, also marched in the parade in 2013.
  2. Students at Hernando County's Springstead High head into the school's stadium for a graduation ceremony during pre-pandemic times. This year's ceremony will be on June 19, one of several to be held in the county over the next few days.
  3. The Florida State Board of Education discusses barring "critical race theory" from K-12 classrooms during a meeting June 10, 2021, in Jacksonville.
  4. The state will allow East Tampa's Oak Park Elementary and seven other Hillsborough County schools to continue their relationship with MGT of America Consulting. The company specializes in turning around troubled schools.
  5. Activist Ben Frazier, left, is asked to leave after shouting chants of "Allow teachers to teach the truth" during a State Board of Education meeting Thursday, where members voted to ban lessons on critical race theory.
  6. Education commissioner Richard Corcoran and State Board of Education chairman Andy Tuck at the board's Sept. 23, 2020, meeting in the Florida Holocaust Museum. The board will consider a rule that Gov. Ron DeSantis says will keep "critical race theory" out of the public schools.
  7. An IDEA "School of Hope" is seen under construction in April at 11612 N Nebraska Ave. in Tampa. Another "hope operator," Mater Academy, wants to open charter schools around Lithia or Plant City, if approved by the Hillsborough County School Board next week.
  8. The University of South Florida College of Education, where enrollment has dropped 40 percent since 2010, is taking steps to reinvent itself. [Times (2019)]
  9. In this image from a livestream, members of the Pinellas County School Board listen to parents during a public hearing Tuesday regarding the district's mask rule.
  10. A rendering of the new student wellness center to be completed by the fall of 2022 on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  11. Will Weatherford is former speaker of the Florida House and managing partner of Weatherford Capital. His term as chair of the USF board of trustees will be for two years.
  12. Daniel Lee Sawyer, 19, has been arrested on a sexual battery charge.
  13. Syringes filled with doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are administered last week in Washington state. Pasco County schools are offering doses of the Pfizer vaccine to kids 12 and older this summer at six high schools.
  14. Anthony Rolle was announced as the new dean of the University of South Florida's College of Education on Tuesday.
  15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, and Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts shake hands after the opening ceremony of the Florida Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
  16. Hillsborough County School District CFO Romaneir Johnson addresses the board during a School Board retreat in April. School boards across Florida are examining their finances closely to make sure they can balance their budgets in the coming academic year.
  17. The Hillsborough and Pinellas school districts will offer free COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days and weeks at local high schools.
  18. Members of the Florida House meet toward the end of a 2021 legislative session that produced a $22.8 million budget for education. But some local school officials fear it may not be enough, citing a planned school voucher expansion, rising pension costs and other factors.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at The Garlic restaurant in New Smyrna Beach last week.
  20. Tara Ruggiero goes through the alphabet for letter recognition while on a Zoom call with a student during a kindergarten screening in August 2020. Live remote instruction is one of the things that will largely disappear from Florida schools in fall 2021.
  21. Aja Purnell-Mitchell, second from left, gets help at a Durham, N.C., food hub from her three children, Cartier, 14, left; Kyra, 15, and Kyla, 13. Summer school will be the first time the children have been in the classroom since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in spring 2020.
  22. Zachary Ashcroft, 16, wears a Mickey Mouse mask Aug. 31, 2020, on the first day of school last year for Hillsborough County students, at Hillsborough High School.
  23. Rainbow Pride flags fly in downtown St. Petersburg. Similar flags caused a stir at Seminole Middle School in recent days.