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Adam Zele, a math teacher at Azalea Middle School, introduces himself during the Pinellas Education Foundation's Evening of Excellence event before being crowned Teacher of the Year at Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 8, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
He teaches math, sponsors students for scholarships and takes new colleagues to lunch — “a once-in-a-lifetime educator,” his principal says.
“There are too many unknowns to proceed,” USF president Rhea Law said in a letter to the university community.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
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  1. Adam Zele, a math teacher at Azalea Middle School, introduces himself during the Pinellas Education Foundation's Evening of Excellence event before being crowned Teacher of the Year at Mahaffey Theater on Feb. 8, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  2. Sen. Travis Hutson, seen here during a committee meeting Tuesday, is the sponsor of a bill that would effectively repeal Florida's name, image and likeness law.
  3. A Donald Trump post on Truth Social in which the former president gives oxygen to a claim by one of his supporters that Gov. Ron DeSantis was "grooming" students as a high school teacher.
  4. Isabella Angelina Scavelli, a 17-year-old junior at Hernando High School in Brooksville, was killed in a shooting in South Brooksville on Tuesday, school district officials said.
  5. Lockers are shown at Sunlake High School during the first day of school for Pasco County students in 2021 in Land O’ Lakes. A student has been arrested on charges related to threats made to the school.
  6. A banner for the FHSAA 2022 girls' basketball state championship in Lakeland, Florida.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to teachers at a Florida Teacher of the Year Conference at the J.W. Marriott Orlando on July 12, 2022.
  8. Gov. Ron DeSantis waves to the crowd after being sworn in to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony outside the Historic Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Tallahassee.
  9. The Florida High School Athletic Association's 16-member Board of Directors is expected to vote on whether student athletes should be required to submit information about their menstrual history to school.
  10. USF president Rhea Law announced the search for USF's top diversity officer was being paused amid uncertainty of upcoming legislation.
  11. Briona Inman, 24, was arrested on a charge of soliciting or engaging in sexual conduct with a student by an authority figure
  12. Principal Chris Dunning examines new equipment as he prepares to open Krinn Technical High School in 2018. Dunning announced his intention to run for superintendent in 2024.
  13. Wharton High teachers Michelle Both, left, and Ashanti Foresyth address a group of teaching interns in January.
  14. This is an undated photo of July Perry, a Ocoee resident who was lynched in November 1920.  (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel)
  15. On his first day as the University of Florida's president, former U.S. Sen Ben Sasse talked about disruption and change in letters to the UF community.
  16. In this 2004 photo, then-Florida state Rep. Ed Jennings hugs Rosewood survivor Robie Allenetta Mortin after the unveiling of a historical marker for Rosewood, a Black community destroyed by racial violence in 1923.
  17. The books books and instructional materials available to students at Florida schools, such as those shown here at Sawgrass Bay Elementary School in Clermont, have come under scrutiny over whether their content is appropriate for children.
  18. Kim Hedgspeth, center, assistant principal at Sanders Memorial Elementary, told teachers not to worry about their classroom libraries during a back-to school review of Florida's new parental rights laws in August 2022. That guidance will change later this year, when the Pasco County district plans to replace all elementary teachers' classroom book collections.
  19. Dwight Henry, the campus chaplain at New College of Florida, poses for a portrait at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in Tampa.
  20. Second-grade students select their meals during lunch break in the cafeteria at an elementary school in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 12, 2022. On Friday, U.S. agriculture officials proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first-ever limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries.
  21. Kim Theurer, center, talks with students during her second period U.S. government honors class Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 at Gulf High School in New Port Richey. Theurer was named Teacher of the Year the night before.
  22. Florida House Speaker Paul Renner, center, is asking for documents and questioning the book selection process in Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  23. New College trustee and vice chair Ron Christaldi at the meeting of the New College of Florida Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday.
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