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Florida school libraries face a growing number of book challenges from their communities. Some districts are seeking solutions that allow parental choices without removing titles from circulation. LENORA LAKE | Special to the Times
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Upcoming reviews of social studies and science books have the potential to get heated.
The school will follow its code of student conduct in responding to the pupils’ actions.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state


  1. Florida school libraries face a growing number of book challenges from their communities. Some districts are seeking solutions that allow parental choices without removing titles from circulation. LENORA LAKE | Special to the Times
  2. Pasco County school officials, pictured in a 2019 School Board meeting, are considering new rules to address parent complaints about books in media centers.
  3. Officials say a group of Florida students posed for a photo outside a middle school while holding large letters that spelled out a racial slur. This is a stock image of a pencil.
  4. Gulfside Elementary, a community school that features services including a clothes closet, will be getting a new principal for the fall.
  5. Steve Kistulentz, 55, a Saint Leo University professor, was arrested on multiple child pornography charges.
  6. Travis Flowers stands with Mayor Ken Welch at the closing of a 2022 Black history celebration at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Questions have arisen over the extent to which issues about race can be discussed in schools after Florida adopted new rules.
  7. Graduates from River Ridge High in New Port Richey celebrate before their commencement ceremony in 2014. The class of 2022 in Pasco County will get its chance in the coming days, with graduations scheduled through late May and early June.
  8. Science textbooks will be up for adoption in Florida in two years, in time to be an issue in the 2024 election. And the process has already started to select new social studies texts in 2023. Experts say both subject areas could be far more contentious than this year's debate over math textbooks.
  9. Taylor Swift speaks during a graduation ceremony for New York University at Yankee Stadium in New York on Wednesday.
  10. The 2022 winners of the R.F. “Red” Pittman Tribune essay contest, left to right: Andrea Rodriguez, Newsome High School; Rowan O'Flanagan, Plant High School; Suhani M. Shah, Carrollwood Day School; and Ryan R. Kelly, Tampa Preparatory School.
  11. Fourth graders Austin Corcoran, 9, left, and Tyler Williams, 10, work together on a math lesson in 2020 at Innovations Preparatory Academy in Wesley Chapel. A new national report states that Florida teacher preparation programs lag the nation in the amount of time spent on math content.
  12. University of South Florida undergraduate students, from left, Peyton Lebron, Matt McNamee and Spencer Manuel helped drop ocean circulation sensors into Tampa Bay during a research cruise aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth.
  13. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested Skyler Seidenberg, 30, on a felony charge of an authority figure engaging in sexual conduct. Seidenberg was placed on administrative leave from Sunlake High School, where he was a social studies teacher, according to Pasco County Schools.
  14. Christian Hardigree speaks during a news conference via Zoom on May 18, 2022, after she was selected as the new regional chancellor at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus.
  15. Signs, balloons and police tape are wrapped around a pole across from Tops Friendly Market on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tops, the Buffalo grocery store where 10 Black people were killed in a racist shooting rampage, was more than a place to buy groceries. As the only supermarket for miles, residents say the store was a sort of community hub where they chatted with neighbors and caught up on each other’s lives. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
  16. A Pasco County Schools bus driver negotiates a turn while at the South Compound April 1, 2022 in Odessa. The school district has attempted several initiatives to get students to classes on time while coping with a bus driver shortage.
  17. USF business college dean Moez Limayem, center, signs agreements on Tuesday with leaders of Aramark and Mainsail Lodging and Development to provide training for USF hospitality school students. At left is Julianne Corlew, vice president and business partner of Mainsail. At right is David Vandenberg, regional vice president of Aramark.
  18. Members of the "Classes of 1970" in St. Petersburg pose for a group photo during a reunion on May 14, 2022, at the Club at Treasure Island. Attendees recalled being uprooted from all-Black Gibbs High during the 1969-70 school year and sent to predominantly white schools as part of a desegregation plan imposed on the Pinellas County school district.
  19. Kevin Hendrick, as a finalist for the job of Pinellas Schools Superintendent speaks to the crowd during a meet and greet at Pinellas County School District headquarters on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Largo. The School Board voted unanimously on May 17 to give him the job.
  20. From left are Marion County area superintendent Ann Hembrook, Pinellas County associate superintendent Kevin Hendrick and Denver Public Schools deputy superintendent Michael Ramirez. The Pinellas County School Board on April 20, 2022, selected the three as finalists to replace outgoing superintendent Mike Grego.
  21. Students from Pinellas County private schools are graduating this month along with their peers in area public schools.
  22. Seniors applaud at the conclusion of the Star-Spangled Banner during Pinellas Park High School's graduation ceremony at Tropicana Field in 2019. Ceremonies for the Class of 2022 begin Thursday at the Trop, where all but three Pinellas high schools will hold their commencements.
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