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Oakstead Elementary School first grader Hari Patel, 6, delivers a note to Santa on behalf of his sister while attending the school’s Winter Fest on Thursday, Dec 1, 2022, in Land O' Lakes.
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  1. Hillsborough County Commissioner Michael Owen is asking county staff to investigate a potential ordinance that would prohibit sale of electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, within 500 feet of a school.
  2. Ulas Butler, United Way Suncoast’s senior manager of early learning and family engagement, leads a 'Learn & Play' session.
  3. Oakstead Elementary School first grader Hari Patel, 6, delivers a note to Santa on behalf of his sister while attending the school’s Winter Fest on Thursday, Dec 1, 2022, in Land O' Lakes.
  4. Lainey O’Neil, 4, left, joins fourth grade gifted teacher Kristin Thompson with her son Colton, 2, center, at a tub of gifts during the Winter Fest at Oakstead Elementary in Land O' Lakes on Thursday. Families enjoyed holiday-themed games, a cocoa stand, a choir performance and food trucks during the annual nondenominational event.
  5. Charles Zidar gives a tour of the "Dinos & Dragons" exhibit at the Harry Schwettman Education Center in New Port Richey on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.
  6. McLane Middle School in Brandon is one of the Hillsborough County schools that could see its attendance boundaries revised. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  7. Superintendent Addison Davis had announced the meetings in a presentation to the school board on Nov. 1.
  8. Conor Westrate, 31, was arrested Friday and faces a charge of unlawful sexual activity with minors, records show. Westrate, a teacher in Pinellas County, had sex with a 16-year-old student, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
  9. The percentage of kindergarten students in Florida completing the immunizations required to enter school during the 2021-2022 year is the lowest since the 2010-2011 school year.
  10. Broward County School Board member-elect Rodney Velez, shown speaking at a candidate forum, has yet to be sworn in because of eligibility questions and might be replaced by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  11. Sawyer Rosenheim, 10, of St. Petersburg, stands at a podium while making a public comment during a regular meeting of the Pinellas County school board on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.
  12. The Pinellas County School Board stopped live streaming the public participation portion of its meetings in the fall of 2021, amid stated concerns that speakers might not understand their personal information was appearing on the internet.
  13. Pinellas County students will have a shortened spring break after their schools closed for several days during hurricane season. Schools served as evacuation shelters for some of those days off.
  14. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, listens to a question during a University of Florida board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The board later chose him to become UF's 13th president, starting in February.
  15. The Pinellas County School Board next week will discuss a recommendation that March 20, 2023, serve as a makeup day for time lost to Hurricane Nicole. That's the Monday after spring break week, which was scheduled as an off day for students but not most district employees.
  16. Students from the Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School with ballet teacher Hannah Box, center left, and Alice Santana, vice president of education at The Straz Center pictured on Nov. 4. Thanks to a program from the Patel Conservatory, the children receive free ballet classes every week.
  17. Newly elected school board members across Florida are taking actions that demonstrate elections have consequences.
  18. Julie Gebhards, of Lithia, speaks during the public comment portion of a Hillsborough County School Board in February 2022. Some school boards have rules limiting the scope of comments during their meetings, and a federal appellate court has upheld those rules as within their purview after a challenge by Moms for Liberty.
  19. Broward County school Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright, left, with newly elected school board members Jeff Holness, Brenda Fam and Allen Zeman during Tuesday's
swearing-in ceremony at Fort Lauderdale High School,
  20. USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Christian Hardigree has an office that overlooks Bayboro Harbor. Her task as she settles into the job will be to retain the small campus's unique flavor while ensuring that it remains a vital part of a much larger university.
  21. Attendees of the Pasos al Futuro event listen to a presentation on Nov. 16 in Tampa. The presentation, which was held in Spanish, included information for Hispanic students and their parents on how to prepare for college.
  22. Saryah Marryshow, 13, works on a shooting drill with other students during a charity basketball camp at Chasco Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Port Richey.
  23. In this Aug. 22 photo, students walk around the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
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