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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]
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
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.”
The bill does not offer exemptions for parents who want their children to use different pronouns.
A resolution asks the university not to comply with future requests for information on gender-affirming care.


  1. Hillsborough County schools Superintendent Addison Davis speaks to the State Board of Education on Jan. 18, 2023, explaining why his district has not reached a pay agreement with teachers.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Florida House of Representatives as seen on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  11. New College of Florida Interim President Richard Corcoran, center, listens during a meeting of the school's board of trustees, alongside trustee Matthew Spalding, left, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, in Sarasota. The board approved a $1 million pay package for Corcoran, but the school has yet to find a way to cover that amount.
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB7, "individual freedom," also dubbed the "stop woke" bill in April 2022. A federal judge has stopped implementation of the law at the state's universities while they challenge its constitutionality.
  13. State Rep. Dean Black, R-Jacksonville, tells colleagues that his bill to alter public employee union requirements (HB 1445) is good for workers. More than 100 workers who showed up to the meeting disagreed.
  14. Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after signing the Individual Freedom bill, also known as the Stop Woke Act, on April 22, 2022. The law is being challenged in federal court, but two federal rulings — including one on Thursday — have prevented it from being enforced at state colleges and universities.
  15. District 1 Pasco County School Board member Al Hernandez attends a board meeting on Jan. 3 in Land O' Lakes. Last year's court challenges over where he lives have given rise to new legislation.
  16. Sydney Aitcheson, 21, is the President of the FAMU chapter of the NAACP. The Times spoke with Aitcheson and other FAMU students about the tension of balancing fear of repercussions with their commitment to resistance as the legislature attacks diversity initiatives in education.
  17. The State  University System is asking for detailed information about the activities of United Faculty of Florida, led by Andrew Gothard, and other employee unions.
  18. State University System Chancellor Ray Rodriguez, seen here as a state senator in 2022, is requiring Florida's public universities to submit details of their collective bargaining activities. It was the latest in a recent string of state requests for the schools to produce information.
  19. People hold signs during a joint board meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine gather to establish new guidelines limiting gender-affirming care in Florida, on Nov. 4, 2022.
  20. New College student Fatima Ismatulla, right, attends a protest of the appointment of new board of trustees members by Gov. Ron DeSantis at New College on Jan 31 outside the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center at the school in Sarasota.
  21. Florida House Rep. Michele Rayner, center right, alongside her spouse, Bianca Goolsby, addresses a crowd March 12, 2022, in St. Petersburg during a rally to protest the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the Don’t Say Gay bill.
  22. Gov. Ron DeSantis takes questions during a 2021 event sponsored by USF Health and Tampa General Hospital. USF Health, along with health centers at other state universities, recently responded to the governor's request for records on gender-affirming care.
  23. The battle over diversity, equity and inclusion programs in Florida's higher education system has taken center stage at New College of Florida.
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