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Crowds filter through the rotunda at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where lawmakers have made school vouchers a priority during the 2023 legislative session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the voucher bill into law on Monday, March 27, 2023, at a ceremony in Miami.
Answers on what vouchers will pay for, how you get one and more.
The measure grants vouchers or education savings accounts to all children in grades K-12, regardless of family income.
A parent complained that the movie might teach white children to hate Black children.
While officials say the climate at Bay Point Middle is improving, Treia Martin can’t shake what she’s seen in videos. “This is crazy.”


  1. Crowds filter through the rotunda at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where lawmakers have made school vouchers a priority during the 2023 legislative session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the voucher bill into law on Monday, March 27, 2023, at a ceremony in Miami.
  2. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Miami private school shortly before he signed a bill to expand school vouchers in Florida on Monday, March 27, 2023.
  3. Ruby Bridges Hall signs and autograph for Carla Johnson and her sister Camille. Bridges Hall became famous when she was 6 years old and marched into a New Orleans elementary school to integrate the school. A movie about her story has been removed from a Pinellas County elementary school following a parent's complaint.
  4. U.S. deputy marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, La., in November 1960. The first-grader was the only Black child enrolled in the school, where parents of white students boycotted the court-ordered integration law and took their children out of school. Her story is told in the 1998 Disney movie "Ruby Bridges."
  5. Austen Peffley is speaking out about disturbing comments made by a Wharton High teacher after a Tampa Bay Times investigation into similar complaints.
  6. Michelangelo's "David."
  7. University of Tampa President Ronald L. Vaughn will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
  8. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, urges senators to support HB 1 expanding Florida's school voucher program during floor debate on March 23, 2023. Simon, the bill sponsor, said his goal is to make sure all children get the education they deserve.
  9. The directive, proposed by Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, above, and backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would strengthen the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act.
  10. Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, left, asks questions about a bill to expand private school vouchers, addressing bill sponsor Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, right. The lawmakers were working on the Senate floor Wednesday.
  11. Students walk near the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  12. Hillsborough High School students protested the Parental Rights in Education bill in March 2022, saying it would chill discussions and conversations with teachers. The State Board of Education has proposed rules extending into high schools the limitations initially placed on early elementary grades.
  13. Students walk across the Tampa campus at the University of South Florida, one of 12 state schools affected by legislation that would make it harder for faculty members to keep their tenure status.
  14. Hillsborough County schools Superintendent Addison Davis speaks to the State Board of Education on Jan. 18, explaining why his district has not reached a pay agreement with teachers.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is moving to unilaterally forbid classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, as the Republican governor continues a focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run.
  16. John Stratton is Hernando County's appointed schools superintendent. State lawmakers are advancing a measure that could require the district to ask voters if they would prefer electing the superintendent. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times]
  17. Treia Martin, left, and her son, Siam Sinchat, a sixth grade student at Bay Point Middle, get ready to drive to school from their St. Petersburg home on Feb. 28.
  18. State Rep. Jeff Holcomb, R-Spring Hill, asks the House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee to approve a local bill that seeks to move Hernando County back to an elected school superintendent.
  19. Gaither High School students protest in 2022 against the Parental Rights in Education Act, a Florida measure that restricts the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation that critics derided as "don't say gay." The state Legislature is working to expand the law in 2023.
  20. The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  21. USF senior Jonathon Chavez, 21, seen here at a board of trustees meeting on March 7, 2023, was an author of a resolution approved by student government that was critical of Florida's actions regarding the transgender community.
  22. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, in the center, is carrying the Senate's voucher expansion legislation. The bill could come before the full chamber this week.
  23. The Florida House of Representatives as seen on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee.
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