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Lawsuit seeks to block Florida school boards from carrying out Parental Rights in Education

Lawsuit seeks to block Florida school boards from carrying out Parental Rights in Education

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Orlando, seeks to block the school boards in Orange, Indian River, Duval and Palm Beach counties from carrying out the law (HB 1557), which passed during this year’s legislative session after fierce debate. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued in the 53-page complaint that the law violates First Amendment, due-process and equal-protection rights and improperly chills discussion of issues such as gender identity and sexual orientation. [Source: WUSF]

Florida teacher shortage continues with school start just weeks away

"This summer, it's been pretty much job fair after job fair after job fair," said Russell Bruhn of Brevard County Public Schools. Brevard County Public Schools is hosting six teacher job fairs this week alone to try and fill the remaining vacancies. Ongoing recruitment efforts have helped chip away at vacancy totals over the summer. [Source: WOFL]

Creating affordable housing for school district employees being considered in Sunshine State

There's now a growing new trend some school districts are considering to get teachers in the door: offering them a roof over their heads. Liz Wayne is a Florida teacher with 11 years in a classroom. She even has a masters degree in education and leadership. But this single mom of two is barely making ends meet. [Source: WPTV]

Florida Trend Extra Commentary: University of West Florida president and the gift that took her breath away

Since its inception, we have awarded more than $557,000 of American Dream scholarships. The endowment will continue to provide funding in perpetuity. Until now, the donor has remained anonymous. Here is the rest of the story. [Source: Florida Trend]

What could be Florida Gov. DeSantis’ undoing on the national stage? HBCUs.

While the debate over “woke indoctrination” has been covered extensively, attention on the topic ignores a critical question: What happens if DeSantis — a 2024 Republican presidential favorite — accuses a historically Black college or university of woke indoctrination because he doesn’t like how it teaches Black history or ways of looking at society and the law? If that happened, the damage would be significant. Indeed, the elephant in the lecture hall looming over DeSantis’ higher education initiatives can be summed up in four letters: HBCU. [Source: NBC News]


› Florida, textbook company spar in pricing probe
A textbook company is pushing back against a subpoena issued by Attorney General Ashley Moody's office in an investigation into pricing of school instructional materials, saying the state's request for documents involves scrutinizing millions of emails and would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

› Florida school districts to monitor students on buses. Here’s how and why
A new program aimed at keeping Osceola County students safe will monitor when they are on a school bus, officials said. The School District of Osceola County will start the Student Ridership Program on Aug. 10, the first day of school, according to officials.

› Lee County School District responds to 'Don't Say Gay' law with transgender reporting rule
Transgender students in Lee County School District in Florida who want to be identified by teachers and principals with pronouns that correspond with their gender identity will now have to fill out a Gender Support Plan.

› Former Miami-Dade superintendent says sex ed is important and wants new books to be adopted quickly
The fourth-largest school district in the nation won't be teaching students about safe sex or STI prevention for at least several months. That's after a small minority of parents successfully challenged comprehensive health textbooks for middle and high schoolers in the Miami-Dade school district.