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Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
The news comes as three other major universities, including the University of South Florida, gear up to search for new leaders.
A judge sides with the professors calling for the end to the university’s conflict of interest review policy.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Biology teacher Laura Widerberg is known as an innovator. Awards also go to top diversity educator, support employee.


  1. COVID-19 is an issue at Newsome High in east Hillsborough, which reported 79 cases of COVID-19 this past week and 438 for the 2021-22 school year. This photo, posted on Twitter, is from 2020.
  2. Florida International University South Campus in Miami.
  3. A look at the University Auditorium at the center of the University of Florida campus is Gainesville.
  4. State Rep. Joe Harding, R-Williston, introduces a bill to extend parental rights in public schools to the Florida House Education & Employment Committee on Jan. 20, 2022.
  5. Winners of the 2022 Excellence in Education awards for Hillsborough County. From left: Temple Terrace Elementary parent liaison aide Faith Smith, support employee of the year; Armwood High biology teacher Laura Widerberg, Teacher of the Year; Shields Middle School success coach Benigno Lopez, Diversity Educator of the Year.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis has supported increasing parents' rights in schools, including at this July news conference regarding school masks. Florida lawmakers have focused on the issue with several bills in the first weeks of their 2022 legislative session.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at South Florida State College in Bowling Green. He announced state workforce funding to support trucking license and nursing programs.
  8. Pasco County schools have worked to operate normally in the face of the coronavirus. Some students have called for a return to more contact tracing as virus cases rise.
  9. Teens move between classes on the first day of school at Sunlake High in August 2021. Sunlake students are among those asking Pasco County officials to resume the practice of calling families with information on COVID-19 cases in schools.
  10. Florida Sen. Tina Polsky is among lawmakers raising concerns about legislation to restrict discussions about race in schools and businesses.
  11. Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah, talks Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Knott Building in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
  12. University of South Florida students walk across the school's Tampa campus. A new online tool approved by the Legislature allows prospective students to compare the state's 12 public universities based on potential post-graduation salaries and student debt levels.
  13. Long-time Pinellas County School Board member Carol Cook is guiding board members through the process of hiring a new superintendent. The board plans to select the district's next leader in May or June, before superintendent Mike Grego retires on July 1.
  14. Former Spanish River High School principal William Latson gets a hug after the Palm Beach County School Board voted to fire him on Oct. 30, 2019. He's taking the issue to the Florida Supreme Court.
  15. Activist Ben Frazier, left, is asks to leave after shouting chants of "Allow teachers to teach the truth" during a Board of Education meeting where members banned critical race theory. The debate next heads to the Florida Legislature.
  16. Dunedin High School teacher Brandt Robinson says American history must be "taught in its entirety.” A parent recently alleged Robinson is part of an effort to indoctrinate students with leftist ideas.
  17. Kevin Plummer has been head of Tampa Preparatory School since 2007.
  18. In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks during a bill signing ceremony at St. John the Apostle School in Hialeah.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
  19. People view the atrium between House and Senate chambers while taking a guided tour of the Florida state Capitol building during a legislative session, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  20. The Miami-Dade County School Board is seeking a replacement for superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who's headed to Los Angeles. Its search process has raised a lot of criticism.
  21. The headquarters of student loan debt collector Navient Corporation in Wilmington, Del.
  22. The entrance to Lealman Innovation Academy, where a substitute teacher repeatedly used a racial slur on Wednesday, according to Pinellas school officials.
  23. A GoFundMe page features a photo of Joe Musselman, left, and his wife, Rebecca, who are seeking donations to cover legal fees for a legal challenge to Musselman’s demotion from his post as a principal for Pasco County Schools.
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