The Education Gradebook

Families who oppose mask mandates gathered outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo before an Aug. 24 School Board meeting. The recent push for parents' rights has expanded beyond masks to include other issues.
Their push started with masks and grew to include issues like race and sex education. But not everyone can have their way.
The Call Me MISTER program, a joint effort by USF and the school district, is working to make the teaching force more diverse.
Twenty-one USF education students signed hiring documents this month. District leaders wish they could sign more.
The university will ask Florida lawmakers for $30 million in the upcoming session as a first step toward the project.


  1. A Connecticut school district is turning to a limousine service company to help transport students to school because of a bus driver shortage that's been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  2. Academy of the Holy Names faces Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa.
  3. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent a message to the campus community addressing the recent controversy over academic freedom.
  4. The Courtyard Tampa Downtown is one of the McKibbon Hospitality hotels where hospitality students at the University of South Florida will have a chance to learn on-site through a new partnership between the school and company, which manages nearly 100 hotels around the country.
  5. The angular peninsula jutting into St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor is home to the USF College of Marine Science. Plans call for a wing of the college to be demolished to make way for an $80 million oceanographic research center. USF hopes to secure $30 million toward the project during the 2022 legislative session. At right is Albert Whitted Airport.
  6. From left, Michael Wright, Triston Williams and Juan Dacosta are the first University of South Florida students to join the Call Me MISTER program, which aims to bring more Black men into Pinellas County's teaching ranks.
  7. Families who oppose mask mandates gathered outside Pinellas County school district headquarters in Largo before an Aug. 24 School Board meeting. The recent push for parents' rights has expanded beyond masks to include other issues.
  8. University of South Florida education student Alyssa Murray, 20, of Dundee, left, makes a selfie with a group of her classmates before signing a precontract binder with the Hillsborough County school district earlier this month. The event hosted 21 middle-grade math teacher candidates who the district hopes will ease the teacher shortage.
  9. "Gender Queer: A Memoir," was written by Maia Kobabe.
  10. Fiona Lashells, 8, speaks during a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis beside her before before he signs bills to limit COVID-19 vaccine mandates on private, state government employees and school districts at Brandon Honda in in Brandon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. Fiona missed weeks of school in Palm Beach County because of her refusal to follow the district's mask mandate.
  11. The U.S. House’s Committee on Oversight and Reform has given the University of Florida a Dec. 2 deadline to respond to an eight-part records request. The campus entrance at the University of Florida in Gainesville is pictured.
  12. People attend a regular meeting of the Pinellas County school board on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. Parent and resident involvement in school board politics has grown over the past year.
  13. Speech-language pathologist Caitlin Al-Mutawa speaks during a Pasco School Board meeting in December 2020. The public can address the School Board during public meetings, but the district curtailed its ability to comment on district social media pages in November amid a rise in negative remarks.
  14. An unidentified student on his first day of class as IDEA opens two state-sanctioned charter schools of hope in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.
  15. A consultant's rendering of what a football stadium at the University of South Florida could look like. [Courtesy of USF]
  16. Juliane Rodriguez follows along during sixth-grade history class at IDEA Victory, 11612 N Nebraska Ave, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Tampa. IDEA Victory is Hillsborough County's first "School of Hope."
  17. Two students walk across an open space on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee. Disciplinary records show FSU quietly fired one professor, suspended another who resigned a few months later and allowed a third to remain on the job after it determined they committed sexual misconduct in separate incidents with students.
  18. Officials from Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association meet Monday to discuss contract issues.
  19. Florida's Republican Senate President Wilton Simpson, left, speaks with Democratic colleague Sen. Perry Thurston before the opening of a special legislative session targeting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida lawmakers began debating a package of bills to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates, continuing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' fight against virus rules. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
  20. University of Florida President Kent Fuchs is named in a lawsuit filed by UF faculty members calling for an end to a conflict of interest policy they contend is unconstitutional. Three more professors joined the case on Monday, bringing the number of plaintiffs to six.
  21. Some parents in Florida, Texas and other states who say they are concerned about students being indoctrinated about sex and "critical race theory" have successfully petitioned their local school districts to remove certain books from their libraries.
  22. In a letter Friday addressed to the president of the University of Florida, three political science professors wrote that they had "grave concerns" about the integrity of the recently formed task force.
  23. EMT Mia Romero, with USF’s medical response unit, hands paperwork to Marjorie Cidoine, 43, August Anotine, 42, while Mha’siyah Blake, 12, who is waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, waits for his father Tshambe Blake, 44, of Tampa, to fill out paperwork with EMT Victoria Lopez hold at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on Saturday, July 31, 2021.