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Negotiators for the Pinellas County school district and the teachers union discuss salaries and benefits during bargaining on Sept. 27, 2023.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
Chairman Nadia Combs expects an expensive try “to paint me as someone I’m not.”
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
Supporters say the change will boost parental involvement but others fear a drop in student participation.


  1. Negotiators for the Pinellas County school district and the teachers union discuss salaries and benefits during bargaining on Sept. 27, 2023.
  2. Nadia Combs, Hillsborough County School Board Chair, speaks during the yearly back-to-school news conference for Hillsborough County at Hillsborough High School on Friday, Aug. 4, in Tampa. She said she expects an expensive attempt by her political opposition to try to "paint me as someone I'm not."
  3. Negotiating teams for the Hillsborough County School District, left; and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, right, near the end of a long bargaining session on Sept. 28, 2023.
  4. St. Paul Catholic School in St. Petersburg is one of hundreds of Florida schools to accept state-funded vouchers and tax credit scholarships. Expansion of the voucher program has led to funding delays.
  5. Education commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. says the Florida Department of Education is attempting to make sure every student who has received a state voucher is funded as soon as possible.
  6. Some Florida school districts are requiring students to get parent permission to attend sporting events, join clubs and participate in other school related activities. Supporters say the opt-in move is an effort to ensure parents are informed and involved in their children's education.
  7. Students board waiting buses at Gulf High School in Pasco County in April 2022. Today, because of new state rules, Pasco students must get a parent's permission to participate in all activities and events, including football games.
  8. Sagemont Prepatory School's lower school campus in Weston is shown on Monday Sept. 25, 2023. Gov. Ron DeSantis' office announced Friday evening that the school has 'direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party' and has been suspended from the state's school choice scholarship program.
  9. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, then-education commissioner Richard Corcoran and then-Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls as they address the audience during a news conference at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  10. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, urges senators to support HB 1, expanding Florida's school voucher program, during floor debate on March 23. The measure later passed and was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, but many families are having problems getting their voucher money this fall.
  11. As school board races gain steam across Florida, candidates are talking about what types of books belong in classrooms and libraries. "And Tango Makes Three" has been among the titles challenged in some districts.
  12. District Judge Mark Walker on Friday issued denied a preliminary injunction sought by the Florida Education Association, the United Faculty of Florida and unions representing employees of the Alachua County, Hernando County and Pinellas County school districts and the University of Florida.
  13. Amanda Darrow with the Utah Pride Center poses on Dec. 16, 2021, with books that have been the subject of parent complaints in Salt Lake City. As the nationwide surge in book challenges continues, the issue has already become a major discussion point in the 2024 races for Hillsborough County School Board.
  14. A string of email correspondence shows that school board lawyers have grappled with advising Florida school leaders about how to interpret new state laws on library book selection.
  15. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's fall banquet, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.
  16. From Hillsborough County school district headquarters in downtown Tampa on Friday, officials said a recent data breach exposed protected information on dozens students.
  17. Florida expanded its voucher program that helps families attend private schools this year. But many recipients say the state has not paid the first quarterly payment on time, pushing the survival of many small private schools to the brink.
  18. Education commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. speaks as Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during an event put on by the governor’s office at State Attorney's Office 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
  19. Richard Corcoran, left, speaks with David Rancourt, the dean of students at New College of Florida, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Sarasota. The two were at a forum for faculty as part of the process to select the next president at New College, where Corcoran has served as interim president for six months. Corcoran is one of three candidates for the permanent job.
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill to expand school vouchers across Florida during a news conference on March 27 in Miami. Six months later, many families say they have yet to get their first voucher installments paid, putting their children's education at risk.
  21. Attendees in a crowded chamber room wave cards of support for a speaker during the public comment portion of a meeting of the Seminole County School Board in Sanford on Tuesday evening, September 19, 2023. Many of the speakers were commenting on the subject of book bans.
  22. Erica McCray, left, an associate dean in the College of Education, meets University of Florida President Ben Sasse moments before Sasse shared his strategic vision for UF during a meeting with faculty on Aug. 25 in Gainesville.
  23. The Florida Board of Governors has proposed a policy to go with Florida's new law regulating who can use what restrooms at the state's public universities. Violators could face discipline, including dismissal.
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