The Education Gradebook

People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
He also said he will not cooperate with any federal investigations into parents.
The board has shared district maps with the County Commission since the 1990s.
The grant will fund a project creating a national model using arts education to teach about cultural history, race and equity.


  1. A student has his temperature taken Sept. 13 as he arrives at PS811 in New York. Even as most students return to learning in the classroom this school year, disruptions to in-person learning, from missing one day because of a late school bus to an entire two weeks at home due to quarantine, remain inevitable as families and educators navigate the ongoing pandemic.
  2. USF's presidential search committee includes, from left, Jose Valiente, Mike Griffin, Alberto Pimentel and Oscar Horton, shown in a meeting on Oct. 22. The committee announced Friday it would extend its timeline.
  3. People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018.
  4. Fred Guttenberg, the father of slain student Jaime Guttenberg leaves the courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
  5. Students are evacuated by police out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after a shooting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
  6. People attend a regular meeting of the Pinellas County school board on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at the school district headquarters in Largo. Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will defend Floridians' right to speak at board meetings and fight any federal plans to curtail that right.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown at an August roundtable discussion, held a news conference on Oct. 20, 2021, to reiterate his support for parents' right to speak at school board meetings.
  8. Denise Davis-Cotton will lead an initiative to create a nationwide model to incorporate arts, equity and cultural history into curricula.
  9. Pasco County School Board member Alison Crumbley would have been drawn out of her district under a plan proposed by the County Commission.   JEFFREY S. SOLOCHEK | Times
  10. Chamberlain Chiefs pitcher Lani Trent winds up a pitch during a high school softball game in 2019. The Hillsborough County School District has been reconsidering its approach to mascots that draw from Native American culture.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  11. Labor leader Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, second from left, at a 2018 bargaining session with the Hillsborough County school district. She is taking a job with the American Federation of Teachers. Also shown: Teacher Cherie Miller, former union president Jean Clements and Lindsey Blankenbaker, who now works for the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.  [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
  12. The school district says discussions are still under way. But town hall meetings at Chamberlain and East Bay High were postponed indefinitely.
  13. Two newly hired physical education teachers at a Florida elementary school were arrested after the shooting of a man whose apartment they entered thinking it belonged to someone else following a night of drinking.
  14. Centner Academy’s three-story preschool is located in the Design District, Miami’s upscale luxury shopping mecca.
  15. Schools across Florida and the nation are struggling to find enough bus drivers to get students to school and home again in a timely fashion. Districts have looked to increased pay and changed schedules to address the problem.
  16. The Pasco County school district is considering changing all school start times in January 2022 to help cope with a bus driver shortage. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
  17. Florida health and education department officials continue to seek ways to ban schools from imposing mask mandates without opt-out provisions. Some schools are taking other steps to keep virus spread down, including the use of plastic shields.
  18. The front of the newly renovated St. Petersburg High School.
  19. At the University of South Florida, two new groups — a task force and a faculty and staff association — will focus on the challenges facing Latino students.
  20. Fifth-grade science teacher Jessie Tripp, center, visits with students Synncere Kidd, left, and Trevaughn Hill, right, as the children transition between classes on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Sandy Lane Elementary in Clearwater. Tripp's classroom, at right, lacks a door to separate the hall from the learning space.
  21. Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva, shown speaking to the State Board of Education in 2019, says teachers' messaging that schools aren't safe is 'reckless.'
  22. Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz shown at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale in 2019. A hearing was scheduled for Friday morning in the cases.
  23. Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed federal officials to meet with local law enforcement across the nation to discuss strategies to deal with harassment and threats against school board members.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)