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Duval County superintendent Diana Greene is among the many Florida school district leaders to depart since November under scrutiny or pressure from the school board.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
Dev Shah of Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School spelled “psammophile” for the victory.
Katie Blaxberg is a former legislative staffer for then-state House member Chris Latvala.
A few things you may have missed from a marathon event that embodied Florida’s tense debate over education.


  1. Duval County superintendent Diana Greene is among the many Florida school district leaders to depart since November under scrutiny or pressure from the school board.
  2. Supporters wearing "#StrattonStays" T-shirts cheer when Hernando County Superintendent John Stratton appears on stage during a heavily attended school board meeting on Tuesday in Brooksville. One of many superintendents who have faced challenges recently, Stratton narrowly survived an effort to oust him at the meeting.
  3. To avoid disruptions at the Hernando County School Board meeting Tuesday night, members of the crowd raised their hands and waved when they agreed with speakers. Hundreds attended the eight-hour event at Hernando High.
  4. Scenes at the University of South Florida (USF), Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Tampa.
  5. Dev Shah, 14, from Largo, Fla., lifts the trophy next to Scripps CEO Adam Symson after Shah won the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals on Thursday, June 1, 2023, in Oxon Hill, Md.
  6. The distinctive square brackets of the New College mascot Null Set appear on signs at a protest against the appointment of new trustees by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, in Sarasota.
  7. The University of South Florida was invited this week to join the Association of American Universities, a feat described as a major milestone by school officials.
  8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, leaves a fundraising picnic for Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, May 13, 2023, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
  9. Dev Shah, 14, from Largo, competes during the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in Oxon Hill, Md.
  10. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly signs HB7, "individual freedom," also dubbed the "stop woke" bill in April 2022. His education agenda is getting increased national scrutiny after he announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
  11. Principal Brendan Butcher and pastor Robert Gibbons posted a 21-minute video on YouTube explaining to families that St. Paul Catholic School would be increasing its 2023-24 tuition by thousands of dollars more than initially announced, in order to take advantage of state funded vouchers.
  12. Members of the crowd raise their hands and wave to show support after students make public comments during a contentious Hernando County School Board meeting on Tuesday in Brooksville. The meeting drew hundreds of people, including many from around the state.
  13. Graduation ceremonies for Pasco County's public high schools begin Tuesday and continue through Sunday.
  14. St. Paul Catholic School at 1900 12th St. N in St. Petersburg is one of many private schools expected to take advantage of Florida's expanded voucher program this year.
  15. Somerset Academy Key students are shown in their school uniforms at dismissal in Deerfield Beach on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The Broward County school district is considering a uniform requirement for high schools as a way to improve security.
  16. A Tampa charter school principal was arrested for failing to report two instances of abuse.
  17. Pinellas County Schools recruiter Joseph Noelien speaks to a candidate during a job fair at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa in 2021. School districts across the state continue to seek new applicants to fill persistent vacancies including teachers, bus drivers and nurses.
  18. Isabella "Bella" Perez, 15, remains still as she has a pink tiara placed on her head before taking the stage as one of seven teen models from the PACE Center for Girls during the 14th annual Value Me 2023 Luncheon and Fashion Show.
  19. Zayn Jerrett, left, claps along with Darrion Jenkins and Imani Jacobs during the Plant High School graduation ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall on Thursday in Tampa.
  20. This year the Florida Legislature passed a bill that allows any person in a county to challenge a book and force a district to pull it out of circulation until it goes through a review.
  21. Negotiating teams for the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss how to allocate funds from the district's 2022 property tax referendum during a bargaining session on Wednesday.
  22. Audience members wave hands in support as speakers weighed in on the topic of banned books during a Pinellas County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, in Largo. The State Board of Education approved a rule Wednesday requiring school districts to annually report how many books are challenged and why.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a political roundtable, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Bedford, N.H. The Florida governor is one of Donald Trump's main contenders for the Republican nomination.
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