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The Education Gradebook

Pinellas teacher of the year, Sarah Painter, who teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School, right, sinks into a congratulatory hug with Principal Antonette Wilson moments after finding out she is one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the school in Clearwater.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
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At last count, $10 million is needed to satisfy the state and prevent a possible financial takeover.

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  1. Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis addresses the School Board on April 27 in Tampa. A parent's complaint to the state Inspector General's office alleges he has improperly spent public funds.
  2. Pinellas teacher of the year, Sarah Painter, who teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School, right, sinks into a congratulatory hug with Principal Antonette Wilson moments after finding out she is one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the school in Clearwater.
  3. Students walk on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus in September, near the start of a school year that will be remembered for its pandemic restrictions. University officials said Thursday that those restrictions will be lifted starting in late June.
  4. Hillsborough County school superintendent Addison Davis during a School Board retreat on April 27 in Tampa. The district is continuing its work on a state-ordered fiscal recovery plan. The board expects to vote on the final document on May 11, when it is due.
  5. Pinellas teacher of the year, Sarah Painter, who teaches fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School, celebrates Thursday with her students moments after finding out she is one of five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year.
  6. Students continue to wear masks and use other protections in most Florida schools. District officials across the state are reviewing their policies moving into the summer and fall.
  7. Nova Southeastern University now recommends, but does not require, vaccines.
  8. Norma Alcantar, 50, of Tampa, stands near a Prickly Pear cactus (opuntia ficus indica) at the USF botanical gardens Tuesday. A USF professor of chemical, biological and material engineering, Alcantar was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of fame with 22 patents, with much of her work focused around using cactus plants for water filtration.
  9. Danielle Biggs, a teacher at 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 in December. The district modified its agreement with the Sheriff's Office on May 4, 2021.
  10. Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego announced his district will end its school mask mandate on June 9 at 5 p.m.
  11. Pasco County School Resource Officers will no longer have access to student data like grades and discipline after an agreement with the school board was updated Tuesday
  12. Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively during a retreat Tuesday to develop a corrective performance plan for superintendent Addison Davis.
  13. A better thank you would be a sack of cash!
  14. Governor Ron Desantis signs SB 2006 suspending emergency orders in the state of Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  15. The Hillsborough County Public Schools' Instructional Service Center at 2920 N 40th St. in Tampa, where School Board members met last week. Two more meetings are scheduled this week, including a Thursday session to discuss the district's finances.
  16. Lakewood Elementary School kindergarten students Kennedi Flournoy, 5, (right, front) and Heavenlei McKinnie, 5, (left) work on sight words last month. They will continue to wear masks through the remainder of the school year.
  17. Romaneir Johnson, chief financial officer for the Hillsborough County School District, addresses the School Board about its financial picture on April 27.
  18. Second graders practice social distancing while lining up for lunch on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at Innovations Preparatory Academy in Wesley Chapel. Many school districts across Florida are debating how long to maintain their mask mandates.
  19. Dr. William Felice  was named the Florida Professor of 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  20. Ellen Cipriani, school crossing guard of the year for the state, poses for a portrait outside of Riverview Elementary on September 16, 2020.
  21. David Centner, left, and Leila Centner, left of center, cut the ribbon at the Centner Academy’s grand opening in the Design District on Aug. 21, 2019.
  22. The Pasco County School Board conducts business at a June 2020 meeting. It is preparing to increase security at its sessions.
  23. Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton has spoken out via Twitter against a proposed delay in college athletes making money off their name, image and likeness.
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