The Education Gradebook

A central Florida college is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 1,300 students at Polk State College in Winter Haven received the good news just in time for the holidays.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Budget revisions are under discussion as officials consider a new tax campaign.
It took firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the fire after flames were first reported at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday.


  1. Police in Michigan circulated these photos of James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday.
  2. Mori Hosseini, chairperson of the University of Florida board of trustees, strongly criticized faculty members on Friday, saying their actions during a recent controversy over academic freedom have been "disrespectful."
  3. A mural is dedicated to Tom Petty on the 34th Street Graffiti Wall in Gainesville.
  4. A central Florida college is eliminating $1.2 million in student debt to alleviate financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
  5. Police keep watch as students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the first day of school on Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.
  6. Hillsborough County School District CFO Romaneir Johnson addresses the School Board about its financial picture on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Tampa.
  7. Romaneir Johnson, the chief financial officer for Hillsborough County Public Schools, gives a presentation to the School Board in April. Johnson has been working on a new plan that is projected to pull the district out of its deficit spending pattern.
  8. Shatner Booker-Lowery, 18, practices basketball in Bartow on Nov. 23.
  9. Woodmont Charter School in Temple Terrace, shown in 2017, is one of the Hillsborough County charter schools that was threatened with closure by the School Board.
  10. There were no reported injuries after a fire broke out at the arts building at Leto High School in Tampa.
  11. A view of the University of Florida from the campus entrance at W University Avenue and SW 13th Street in Gainesville.
  12. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where questions continue to be raised about academic freedom and school's independence from political forces in Tallahassee.
  13. Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot, where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School, Tuesday in Oxford, Mich. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including at least one teacher.
  14. Parents and children arrive at Egypt Lake Elementary School for the first day of school for Hillsborough County students in August. Parents' role in education means different things to different parents as the debate over their rights continued in Florida.
  15. Dexter Frederick speaks with volunteer nurse and USF doctoral student Morgan Butts regarding a patient at Grace Community Medical Center on Nov. 10.
  16. A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  17. Academy of the Holy Names faces Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  18. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent a message to the campus community addressing the recent controversy over academic freedom.
  19. The Courtyard Tampa Downtown is one of the McKibbon Hospitality hotels where hospitality students at the University of South Florida will have a chance to learn on-site through a new partnership between the school and company, which manages nearly 100 hotels around the country.
  20. The angular peninsula jutting into St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor is home to the USF College of Marine Science. Plans call for a wing of the college to be demolished to make way for an $80 million oceanographic research center. USF hopes to secure $30 million toward the project during the 2022 legislative session. At right is Albert Whitted Airport.
  21. From left, Michael Wright, Triston Williams and Juan Dacosta are the first University of South Florida students to join the Call Me MISTER program, which aims to bring more Black men into Pinellas County's teaching ranks.
  22. Families who oppose mask mandates gathered outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo before an Aug. 24 School Board meeting. The recent push for parents' rights has expanded beyond masks to include other issues.
  23. University of South Florida education student Alyssa Murray, 20, of Dundee, left, makes a selfie with a group of her classmates before signing a precontract binder with the Hillsborough County school district earlier this month. The event hosted 21 middle-grade math teacher candidates who the district hopes will ease the teacher shortage.