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Pinellas County English teacher Philip Belcastro is one of several Florida teachers looking to leave the state.
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In Florida, it is illegal for transgender female students to play on female sport teams at public schools.
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  1. Pinellas County English teacher Philip Belcastro is one of several Florida teachers looking to leave the state.
  2. Broward Schools Superintendent Peter Licata.
  3. Palestinians flee to northern Gaza as Israeli tanks block the Salah al-Din road in the central Gaza Strip on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. Complaints about discrimination at schools have grown as the war has continued.
  4. The Hillsborough County school district is the subject of a discrimination investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, but officials aren't releasing details.
  5. The entrance to Bailey Elementary School, which will welcome a new principal in December.
  6. A campus walkway at the University of South Florida, where about 1,700 students take an introductory sociology course every year. State officials have proposed removing sociology as one of the options for core courses students must take as part of their studies.
  7. A student publication at an Orange County high school has come under fire for including information about Florida's law requiring students to use restrooms according to their biological sex at birth.
  8. Tansheka Riggins, a student at St. Petersburg College, meets in person for the first time with her completion coach, Matt Smith, who works for local nonprofit LEAP Tampa Bay.
  9. St. Petersburg College student Tansheka Riggens, left, meets with her completion coach, Matt Smith, for the first time in person on Monday in Clearwater. Smith works for LEAP Tampa Bay. Riggens is a mother of three from St. Petersburg who has been trying to finish her associate degree for two decades and is one exam away from graduating.
  10. Evan Rowlands, left, high-fives his mother, Jessica Rowlands, after answering a question while completing schoolwork at Riverview Public Library on Nov. 8.
  11. Djimtry Gerard, 16, center, makes a lab observation as South Florida Bulls Tight End Gunnar Greenwald, right, assists him during a biology class at Wharton High in Tampa on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023.
  12. Students on campus at the University of Tampa, on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating an allegation of antisemitism at the school.
  13. Imam Abdullah Jaber, executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, speaks during a news conference announcing a federal lawsuit against state and University of South Florida officials on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, in Tampa.
  14. Hundreds of attendees browse booths during the national convention of the American Association of School Librarians on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 in Tampa. Some Pasco County residents want the school district to end any financial support of the association and its parent, the American Library Association.
  15. State Rep. Randy Fine, left, and University of Florida President Ben Sasse engaged in a testy exchange over a social media post on the Israel-Hamas war.
  16. Automotive instructor Frederick Lawrence explains the function of rocker arm springs while teaching students at Northeast High School’s Automotive Academy on Friday, Nov 3, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  17. Diana Gallant, 14, uses an impact tool to remove bolts on a Chevy Camaro engine while fellow student Nigella Gerena, 16, observes.
  18. The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has been leading a petition drive to get the union re-certified to meet new state law requirements.
  19. Lee Bryant, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, displays stacks of petition cards at the union's office in Largo on Friday. Bryant has been leading a drive to get the union recertified but says new state rules are making it difficult.
  20. Florida has long required high school students to pass high-stakes tests to earn a diploma. Some lawmakers have proposed doing away with the requirement. [Pasco County School District]
  21. Police search attendees at a security checkpoint before allowing them to enter a teach-in organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida on Oct. 12. The organization, which was later ordered to disband by state officials, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday saying its First Amendment rights had been violated.
  22. Incoming students and their families navigate campus during New College of Florida's move-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023 in Sarasota.
  23. A Broward County Public Schools elementary teacher was arrested Tuesday on one count of child neglect without great bodily harm after allegedly scratching a misbehaving student with a thumbtack and punishing him by brushing his hair, police said.
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