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  1. In April 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 7, known as the "Stop woke" bill, in Hialeah Gardens.
  2. The University of South Florida received a $10 million donation from alumnus Jay Nault.
  3. A sign informs people about free meals outside of the playground at the Campbell Park Recreation Center on Thursday in St. Petersburg. The city cuts ties with its vendor supplying food to schoolchildren over summer break because of unsafe handling temperatures, skimpy portions and late deliveries. The city needs emergency funding to pay the Pinellas County School Board for picking up the slack.
  4. Joan Reid, director of the University of South Florida Trafficking in Persons Risk to Resilience Research Lab, hopes to shed new light on human trafficking in Tampa Bay.
  5. USF football's proposed on-campus stadium is north of the Bulls' current practice facilities.
  6. Schools across Florida have removed several books dealing with concepts such as racial diversity and gender identity as state lawmakers have imposed laws restricting lessons on topics deemed controversial or not age appropriate.
  7. State Rep. Fred Hawkins, who has served in the House since 2020, was the lone finalist for the president's position at South Florida State College.
  8. This a page from "Social Studies Alive! Me and My World," a kindergarten text that was rejected by the Florida Department of Education. This student exercise appears to teach empathy, a value included in the now-controversial discipline of social emotional learning.
  9. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his supporters often credit the state’s push to reopen schools early during the COVID-19 pandemic. They say that by being quicker to recognize the drawbacks in distance learning and the advantages of in-person schooling, Florida gave its students an edge in recovering from learning losses. But testing shows mixed results.
  10. Student mental health services have been a priority in recent years, in part to prevent violence on campus. These resource cards were made available in the last school year at Hillsborough's middle and high schools.
  11. Moms for Liberty sells merchandise with its message at its 2022 national convention in Tampa. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the organization an "anti-government extremist group" in its latest report.
  12. Dev Shah, 14, from Largo, arrives at Tampa International Airport on Tuesday after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee outside of Washington, D.C.
  13. Forest Hills Elementary School in Tampa will have a new principal on July 1: Michelle Soto, the school's former assistant principal.
  14. Jeffrey Wilson, in a photo posted on the Freedom Elementary School Facebook page, was critically injured when he was hit by a car in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. Police said he was pronounced dead Tuesday.
  15. Defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, center, and former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School School Resource Officer Scot Peterson speak with people in the courtroom gallery before jury selection Thursday. Security remains a key concern for Florida schools five years after the Parkland shooting, where Peterson is accused of failing to confront the shooter.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Scenes at the University of South Florida (USF), Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Tampa.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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