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Somerset Academy Key students are shown in their school uniforms at dismissal in Deerfield Beach on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The Broward County school district is considering a uniform requirement for high schools as a way to improve security.
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  1. Somerset Academy Key students are shown in their school uniforms at dismissal in Deerfield Beach on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The Broward County school district is considering a uniform requirement for high schools as a way to improve security.
  2. A Tampa charter school principal was arrested for failing to report two instances of abuse.
  3. Pinellas County Schools recruiter Joseph Noelien speaks to a candidate during a job fair at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa in 2021. School districts across the state continue to seek new applicants to fill persistent vacancies including teachers, bus drivers and nurses.
  4. Isabella "Bella" Perez, 15, remains still as she has a pink tiara placed on her head before taking the stage as one of seven teen models from the PACE Center for Girls during the 14th annual Value Me 2023 Luncheon and Fashion Show.
  5. Zayn Jerrett, left, claps along with Darrion Jenkins and Imani Jacobs during the Plant High School graduation ceremony at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall on Thursday in Tampa.
  6. This year the Florida Legislature passed a bill that allows any person in a county to challenge a book and force a district to pull it out of circulation until it goes through a review.
  7. Negotiating teams for the Pasco County school district and the United School Employees of Pasco discuss how to allocate funds from the district's 2022 property tax referendum during a bargaining session on Wednesday.
  8. Audience members wave hands in support as speakers weighed in on the topic of banned books during a Pinellas County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, in Largo. The State Board of Education approved a rule Wednesday requiring school districts to annually report how many books are challenged and why.
  9. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a political roundtable, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Bedford, N.H. The Florida governor is one of Donald Trump's main contenders for the Republican nomination.
  10. American poet Amanda Gorman reads her poem "The Hill We Climb" during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The poem, along with three books, was lifted from elementary classrooms at a Miami Lakes K-8 school.
  11. The West Pasco Government Center is seen in New Port Richey.
  12. Melanie Copeland reported Wharton High teacher Todd Harvey for racial harassment in 2017. Years later, after a Times story brought to light that the district didn't retain her complaint, an investigator is asking about the allegations.
  13. Students join a statewide student walkout to protest Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education policies at the University of South Florida in in February. A national faculty organization has criticized the DeSantis agenda as an attack on colleges and universities.
  14. Students walk through the University of Florida's Turlington Plaza on Sept. 7 in Gainesville. A new report by the American Association of University Professors says Florida leaders have inflicted serious damage on higher education in the state.
  15. Graduates celebrate in front of friends and family after a commencement ceremony at Carrollwood Day School.
  16. Pinellas County school bus drivers won raises up to 20% this week. Employees in other school district positions said they hope the district will show them similar generosity when they negotiate new contracts.
  17. James J. Annarelli, recently appointed as Eckerd College's sixth president, is pictured in his office on Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, in St. Petersburg.
  18. A USF football on-campus stadium would change the Bulls' athletics district, as this 2022 rendering by OSPORTS shows.
  19. From left: New College trustees Matthew Spalding, Jason “Eddie” Speir and Debra Jenks attend a meeting of the New College of Florida’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023. The school's faculty senate has accused the board of not meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.
  20. Should USF build the Bulls an on-campus football stadium? Or could the proposed $340 million be better served elsewhere?
  21. The entrance to New College of Florida, where months of controversy over changes at the Sarasota school have prompted faculty members to censure the board of trustees.
  22. Graduates attend the Hillsborough Virtual School commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall in Tampa. Ceremonies for Hillsborough's class of 2023 will begin Wednesday at the same location.
  23. Jeff Larsen, left, a negotiator for United School Employees of Pasco, joins school district negotiator Nora Light in signing an agreement covering teachers on Monday, May 2, 2022. Larsen says his organization plans to continue its role despite new state law some see as union busting.
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