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The Pinellas County school district has been in the spotlight this week following a parent complaint that the "Ruby Bridges" movie was inappropriate for second graders at North Shore Elementary in St. Petersburg.
As the story goes viral, the school district changes its explanation and blames the controversy on a miscommunication.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
A magistrate rules in their favor, saying teachers should be rewarded after they “stepped up in years’ past” to help the district.
A bill to give the governor authority over Florida high school sports has only one peer: Delaware.


  1. New College announced a guaranteed admissions program for graduates of St. Petersburg College on Friday, March 31, 2023.
  2. A classroom seen at Veterans Elementary School in Wesley Chapel on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
  3. Gov. Ron DeSantis would have more authority over the Florida high school sports under a proposed bill in the legislature.
  4. The Pinellas County school district has been in the spotlight this week following a parent complaint that the "Ruby Bridges" movie was inappropriate for second graders at North Shore Elementary in St. Petersburg.
  5. Tourists take photos in front of Michelangelo's "David statue" in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
  6. The Palm Harbor University High School varsity football team settles into warm ups during a rain storm prior to the start of the game with Tarpon Springs High School and Palm Harbor University High School on Friday, Sep 16, 2022, at Sponger Field in Tarpon Springs.
  7. Deveron Gibbons makes a point at a St. Petersburg College board of trustees meeting in 2017 during a discussion about presidential candidates for the school. He was named a trustee of Florida A&M University on Wednesday.
  8. The University of South Florida on March 23, 2023, in Tampa.
  9. Contract bargaining between the Hillsborough County School District and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022.
  10. Hillsborough County Public Schools holds a hearing on the text ‘This Book is Gay’ is seen Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in Tampa.
  11. A new emergency policy by the Florida Board of Governors clears the way for the state to ban TikTok on all public university campuses.
  12. State Rep. Randy Fine told his Facebook followers on Monday evening that Gov. Ron DeSantis approached him to see if he would be interested in becoming Florida Atlantic University's next president.
  13. In this image from a video provided by student protesters, students and campus police officers rush together at the beginning of a clash inside the Patel Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus on March 6. The protesters were from the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.
  14. "This Book Is Gay" by Juno Dawson is the subject of a challenge in the Hillsborough County school system. After a parent complained about content in the book, two school district panels approved it. But the school board, in a 4-3 vote Tuesday, has banned the book in middle schools.
  15. Students arrive for the start of the day at Altamonte Christian School in Altamonte Springs, Friday, March 10, 2023. Since 2001, the state has offered tax credit scholarships and vouchers to assist students attending private schools, including religious schools. On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure expanding eligibility for those vouchers.
  16. Crowds filter through the rotunda at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, where lawmakers made school vouchers a priority during the 2023 legislative session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the voucher bill into law Monday at a ceremony in Miami.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at Miami private school shortly before he signed a bill to expand school vouchers in Florida on Monday, March 27, 2023.
  18. Ruby Bridges Hall signs and autograph for Carla Johnson and her sister Camille. Bridges Hall became famous when she was 6 years old and marched into a New Orleans elementary school to integrate the school. A movie about her story has been removed from a Pinellas County elementary school following a parent's complaint.
  19. U.S. deputy marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, La., in November 1960. The first-grader was the only Black child enrolled in the school, where parents of white students boycotted the court-ordered integration law and took their children out of school. Her story is told in the 1998 Disney movie "Ruby Bridges."
  20. Austen Peffley is speaking out about disturbing comments made by a Wharton High teacher after a Tampa Bay Times investigation into similar complaints.
  21. Michelangelo's "David."
  22. University of Tampa President Ronald L. Vaughn will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
  23. Sen. Corey Simon, R-Tallahassee, urges senators to support HB 1 expanding Florida's school voucher program during floor debate on March 23, 2023. Simon, the bill sponsor, said his goal is to make sure all children get the education they deserve.
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