The Education Gradebook

Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva, shown speaking to the State Board of Education in 2019, says teachers' messaging that schools aren't safe is 'reckless.'
The state’s K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva calls for a change in tone. Union leaders say they are “simply pointing out the truth.”
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Campus tours and other events are happening now, and application periods for the 2022-23 school year are fast approaching.
The measure, proposed by a Gainesville senator, also takes aim at vaccine requirements.


  1. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva, shown speaking to the State Board of Education in 2019, says teachers' messaging that schools aren't safe is 'reckless.'
  2. Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz shown at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale in 2019. A hearing was scheduled for Friday morning in the cases.
  3. Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed federal officials to meet with local law enforcement across the nation to discuss strategies to deal with harassment and threats against school board members.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  4. Members of the Florida Senate fill the chamber during the 2020 legislative session. A Senate bill proposed for the 2022 session would make mask mandates illegal in the state.
  5. Opponents, left, and supporters of a mask mandate, right, square off outside the Pinellas County school district headquarters before the school board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Largo.
  6. The Center for Innovation & Digital Learning at Gulf Beaches Elementary is one of 81 choice programs offered by Pinellas County Schools for the 2022-23 academic year.
  7. Pasco County school superintendent Kurt Browning chats with School Board member Alison Crumbley at a board meeting in November 2020. A County Commission plan would draw Crumbley out of her member district.
  8. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey's second home will now be in her commission district.
  9. An unidentified, anti-mask protester was escorted out of a Hillsborough County School Board retreat in May.
  10. The entrance to Fivay High School, where the teacher of the year is facing a reprimand over accusations he submitted falsified records relating to 10 special education students.
  11. In this image from a YouTube video, the Wiregrass Ranch High School Band performs in May. Wiregrass Ranch and John Long Middle School make up one of four new pathways that students interested in orchestra can apply to through Pasco County's choice process.
  12. Broward County school superintendent Vickie Cartwright speaks at a Sept. 28 meeting of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. The commission's chairperson, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said that only about five people in any given school use a new app designed to target the location of an emergency on campus. Cartwright said efforts are underway to dispel misconceptions about the app.
  13. Activist Ben Frazier, left, is asks to leave after shouting chants of "Allow teachers to teach the truth" during a Board of Education meeting Thursday, where members banned critical race theory.
  14. Residents ask the Pinellas County School Board on Sept. 28 to delay approval of purchases they said might contain elements of "critical race theory." The board approved the items without comment.
  15. Students arrive at Bay Point Middle in St. Petersburg for the first day of school in August. Cases of COVID-19 in Tampa Bay area public schools are down dramatically from when classes started.
  16. Moffitt Cancer Center wants to build an out-patient cancer treatment center at this site on First Avenue S in downtown St. Petersburg. The city is considering the proposal.
  17. The Florida State Board of Education at a meeting June 10, 2021, in Jacksonville. The board met by telephone on Oct. 7 to discuss school district masking policies.
  18. Students arrive at Leto High School for the first day of school for Hillsborough County students, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. A teacher at Tampa's Mitchell Elementary School helps a pre-kindergarten student apply hand sanitizer. Florida's plan to spend $2.3 billion in the latest round of federal pandemic aid for schools includes allotments for supplies such as personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, cloth masks and bleach wipes.
  20. St Petersburg High School students, Sydney Conroy, 17, left and Toby Lam, 17 both wear a masks as they walk to the school for the first day of classes for the new school season. "I'm unvaccinated and I want to be safe," said Conroy.
  21. Fans fill the stadium at the football field at Whitewater High School on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Whitewater, Wis. A growing number of school districts in the U.S. are using federal pandemic funding on athletics projects. When school officials at Whitewater learned they would be getting $2 million in pandemic relief this year, they decided to set most of it aside to cover costs from their current budget, freeing up $1.6 million in local funding that’s being used to build new synthetic turf fields for football, baseball and softball. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
  22. In this Sept. 30, 2021, file photo, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Biden administration is moving to relax the rules for a student loan forgiveness program that has been criticized for its notoriously complex requirements. The change could offer debt relief to thousands of teachers, social workers, military members and other public servants. The Education Department says it will temporarily drop some of the toughest requirements around the program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which was launched in 2007 to steer more college graduates into public service.
  23. Busses arrive at Sunlake High School during the first day of school for Pasco County Students on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Land O’ Lakes.