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The Education Gradebook

A masked student searches for his first-period class at Sunlake High on Aug. 10, the first day of school in Pasco County. Sunlake led the district this past week with 39 reported cases of COVID-19, but school case numbers across the county are headed down.
Case counts are dropping after a peak in late August.
The list includes students from three dozen high schools across the region. They will compete for college scholarships in the spring.
A month ago, superintendent Kurt Browning lamented high positivity rates and low mask use.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.

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  1. A masked student searches for his first-period class at Sunlake High on Aug. 10, the first day of school in Pasco County. Sunlake led the district this past week with 39 reported cases of COVID-19, but school case numbers across the county are headed down.
  2. Students in the Gulf High class of 2023 show their school spirit in a float they created for the annual homecoming parade in 2019. They haven't had many similar activities since then, but got permission for dances and pep rallies this week.
  3. Dozens of Tampa Bay area seniors on their way to graduation this spring have been named National Merit Semifinalists for 2022. Many will become finalists later this school year and will qualify for college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program.
  4. Scott Rivkees talks to the media during a news conference at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on May 6, 2020.
  5. Pasco County Historic Courthouse
  6. A boy's restroom at Zephyrhills High School was damaged as part of a student trend of stealing or vandalizing school property and putting a video of the 'devious lick' on TikTok.
  7. Governor Ron DeSantis listens as Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran answers a reporter’s questions at High Point Elementary School, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Clearwater.
  8. Students walk through the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, where leaders are embarking on a national search for a new president. The process is expected to be complete by January.
  9. A boys' restroom at Zephyrhills High was damaged as part of a student trend of stealing or vandalizing school property and putting a video of the 'devious lick' on TikTok.
  10. Governor Ron DeSantis listens as Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran answers a reporter’s questions in regards to the phasing out of the FSA to pivot to progress monitoring and how that will work to rate schools in the future, at High Point Elementary School, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Clearwater.
  11. Seen here at a recent meeting, Pinellas County School Board members Caprice Edmond, left, and Laura Hine, right, failed in their effort Tuesday to get support for a workshop to discuss the district's COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
  12. Gov. Ron DeSantis makes remarks accompanied by teachers, parents and education officials, during a news conference Tuesday to announce a major reduction in spring testing in Florida schools. He appeared High Point Elementary School in Clearwater.
  13. The University of Florida cracked the top five in a new ranking of national public universities for 2022.
  14. Boca Ciega High School senior Matthew McCrary, 17, works on algebra homework for his liberal arts math class while his cat, KiKi, explores the dining room table on Monday. McCrary is concerned that his lesson plans have been interrupted because so many teachers are being quarantined.
  15. A girl leads her mother and brothers Mnday morning as they arrive at Brooklyn's P.S. 245. Classroom doors are swinging open for about a million New York City public school students.
  16. University of Florida president Kent Fuchs celebrates during Monday's announcement that the school was ranked a Top 5 public university by U.S. News & World Report.
  17. Florida's battle over school mask mandates remains its most high profile debate over methods to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has seen quarantine numbers far exceed those of a year ago.
  18. Meghan Martin hugs her son, Riley, 6, at Denver Park in St. Petersburg on a recent Saturday. Martin, an emergency room pediatrician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, said her frustration over the lack of understanding about COVID-19 led her to make TikTok videos to get the word about about vaccines and masks. Pictured at right is Avery Martin, 9.
  19. Students arrive at Skycrest Elementary in Clearwater on Aug. 11, the first day of school in Pinellas County.
  20. Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran, seen here at a briefing earlier this year, was notified Friday that federal officials are investigating his department. In a letter, the U.S. Department of Education said it will investigate whether Florida's ban on mask mandates prevents disabled children from safely returning to school.
  21. Sgt. Gary Gobernik, 53, with Hillsborough County Public Schools, died from the coronavirus Tuesday. He worked as a school resource officer at Bryan Elementary School in Plant City.
  22. Pinellas County School Board member Caprice Edmond called on her colleagues to hold a special session to discuss mask mandates during their Aug. 24 meeting. On Friday, she announced on Facebook her plan to revive the discussion when the board meets Tuesday.
  23. Gov. Ron DeSantis prevailed in a Friday ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal, but the legal battle over school mask mandates in Florida is far from over.
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