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AP CLASSES: Polk County’s public high schools are offering fewer advanced placement math and science courses now than five years ago, education writer Kimberly Moore reports. The superintendent of schools and one School Board member attribute the drop to increased student interest in dual-enrollment courses for college credit. AP math and science courses at schools attended by Lakeland students, 2014 vs. 2019:

  • Bartow IB – 7, 0
  • George Jenkins – 7, 6
  • Kathleen – 5, 5
  • Lake Gibson – 2, 4
  • Lakeland – 6, 6
  • McKeel Academy – 7, 6
  • Tenoroc – 2, 1

FLORIDA HOUSE: Greg Williams, department chair for graphic arts and design at Keiser University, has filed to run as a Democrat for the Florida House seat held by Colleen Burton, a Lakeland Republican. Williams, 58, said he will step back from his leadership role in the Lakeland Loves organization known for distributing “Hate Has No Home Here” signs.