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The Education Gradebook

Schools encouraged social distancing a year ago, then started to pull back some of the rules. Some are considering bringing the rules back for another year.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Clothing, computers and shoes will be tax-free for 10 days, through Aug. 9.
The district pledged to hold twice-a-year reviews of police activity in schools with the school board and the public.
Racial equity and efficient use of resources are two of the many issues they hope to explore.

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  1. Schools encouraged social distancing a year ago, then started to pull back some of the rules. Some are considering bringing the rules back for another year.
  2. All styles at Little Feet Shoes in Wesley Chapel are tax-exempt for Florida's back-to-school tax holiday, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 9, 2021.
  3. A student is pictured holding her mask as she walks to class on the first day of school of the 2020-2021 school year for Pinellas County students.
  4. Kelly Carling, a Hillsborough school parent, holds out her son's used mask to show how dirty they become. Carling spoke at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on July 27, 2021.
  5. Pinellas School Board member Caprice Edmond insisted on regular community reviews of police activity in schools before offering support to a new contract between the district and local law enforcement.
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    Alonso High School, which has a new principal.
  7. Kory Giles, 19 (left) and his mentor, Kerri Davis, 19, study inside the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida campus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 in Tampa. Students are being encouraged to get vaccinated to return to campus this fall.
  8. FILE - This May 4 2021 file photo shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaking during a news conference at West Miami Middle School in Miami. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP, File)
  9. Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in New Tampa, opened in 1997. Its attendance boundaries mean a long commute for students in North Tampa.
  10. A bus driver directs students at the drop off circle on the first day of school before the start of classes at the entrance of Gulf High School in August 2020. The Pasco district is one of many struggling to fill all its driver positions for the 2021-22 school year.
  11. A student gets off the bus at East Bay High School on the first day of classes in August 2020. With drivers in short supply, students might be arriving late for classes when they return in 2021.
  12. Rhea Law is the longtime Fowler White Boggs chief executive officer, a force in regional economic development circles and an influential board member at the University of South Florida.(TIMES | Joseph Garnett Jr.).
  13. Scenes at the University of South Florida campus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 in Tampa.
  14. USF president Steve Currall speaks at a June 23 Board of Governors meeting in St. Petersburg, where a board member questioned whether the school was being aggressive enough about its goals.
  15. State Rep. Linda Chaney, City Council member Robert Blackmon (center) and state Sen. Darryl Rouson are pictured during a news conference at the Pinellas Science Center, where they announced funding for the center which will enable its restoration, Friday, July 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg.
  16. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis removes his mask to speak during a news conference at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School in Tampa on Thursday, June 25, 2020.  Just over a year later, the governor made clear his opposition to any further mask mandates in Florida schools.
  17. Activist Ben Frazier, left, is asks to leave after shouting chants of "Allow teachers to teach the truth" during a June 10 State Board of Education meeting, where members banned critical race theory from Florida schools.
  18. Sarah Ann Painter, a fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary in Clearwater, accepts the Florida Teacher of the Year award Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. The award is given out each year by the Florida Department of Education.
  19. Ron DeSantis issued an order Friday, April 2, 2021 prohibiting Florida businesses from requiring customers show proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  20. Opponents to mandatory school masking rules demonstrate before the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on May 18, 2021. Parents across Florida continue the mask debate as the delta variant of the virus has some school officials considering a new mask rule.
  21. WWE star Titus O'Neil, right, talks to students at Sligh Middle School, one of the many schools his charitable Bullard Foundation supports. They are hosting a Back to School Bash Aug. 7 with an appearance by rapper Flo Rida and will give away 30,000 backpacks stocked with school supplies.
  22. Robert Blount, a member of the K.C.C. High School governing board, addresses the Hillsborough County School Board on July 20, 2021, with red-shirted supporters of Woodmont and SouthShore charter schools in the audience.
  23. Robert Blount, a member of the governing board at Kid's Community College Preparatory High, addresses the Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday. Behind him, wearing red shirts, are supporters of Woodmont and SouthShore charter schools.
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