The Education Gradebook

The University of Florida announced Friday it has ended all spending on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in response to new state policy.
USF makes a similar move, saying it has ended its search for a chief diversity officer. The actions are in response to new state policy.
The measure is in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who called for reforms to the book challenge process he approved.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
If approved, students would have to keep their phones off and out of sight for most of the day


  1. The University of Florida announced Friday it has ended all spending on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in response to new state policy.
  2. Banned books are on display in a booth during the American Association of School Librarians national convention on Oct. 19, 2023, in Tampa. Florida is crafting new rules on book challenges after Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized "bad actors" that he said are abusing the challenge process.
  3. Six people were arrested after a fight broke out at Chamberlain High School on Thursday morning, according to Tampa police.
  4. Deputies say Jahfahree Edwards, 24, fired at students after a fight down the street from Spoto High School in Riverview.
  5. Pastor Alfonso Jackson Jr. of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Miami talks about the importance of Black History month to the congregation during Tuesday Service.
  6. State Rep. Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville, argues that Florida teachers must understand the history of Ocoee, Jim Crow  laws and other aspects of Black history in order to properly educate their students. She sought to amend a bill that would bar "identity politics" from teacher preparation programs, during House floor debate on Feb. 29, 2024.
  7. Pinellas County public schools are considering new rules requiring students to keep their cell phones off and out of sight during the class day.
  8. A conceptual drawing of the rebuilt Just Elementary and Stewart Middle School in West Tampa.
  9. Florida lawmakers continue to debate several education related measures as their 2024 legislative session nears its end.
  10. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., addresses attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit, Nov. 4, 2023, in Kissimmee.
  11. Sumner High School, which opened in the southeast section of Hillsborough County in 2020, was the first high school the district built in more than a decade. A sales tax that has supported district construction projects is about to expire.
  12. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  13. Angeline Academy of Innovation students Kyandra Valle, Caitlin Sukpanichnant and Giavanna Romero spent an hour trying to convince Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning, right, not to impose further restrictions on cellphone use in middle and high schools for the 2024-25 academic year.
  14. Incoming students and their families navigate the campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on 2023 in Sarasota.
  15. Hillsborough County School Superintendent Van Ayers is urging school board members to support a local-option property tax, saying it's the best way to boost pay and solve an ongoing teacher shortage.
  16. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo gestures as speaks to supporters and members of the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Florida's controversial surgeon general is drawing criticism for his handling of an elementary school's measles outbreak, telling parents of unvaccinated children it is their choice whether their student attends class — a direct contravention of federal guidelines.
  17. The Plato Academy charter schools in Pinellas County, including this campus in Largo, are part of a lawsuit against the school district seeking to get a share of past property tax referendum revenue.
  18. The Florida Senate unanimously approved the first of three education deregulation bills on the second day of the 2024 session. The initiative is a priority of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo.
  19. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Sarasota. The National Association of University Professors has sanctioned the school, saying its new leaders have made changes "without meaningful faculty involvement."
  20. This image provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an electron microscope image of a measles virus particle, center. Measles is considered one of the most infectious diseases known, and eight cases have been confirmed at a Broward County elementary school. [Associated Press (2015)]
  21. Students read a poem to guests during the African American Read-in at Sheehy Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Tampa.
  22. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  23. Florida lawmakers passed legislation to ban children under 16 from social media. The measure heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he might not sign it into law.
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