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Florida settles lawsuit over LGBT education bill

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Florida settles lawsuit over LGBT education bill

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Florida settles lawsuit over LGBT education bill

The state and attorneys for students, parents and teachers have settled a battle about a 2022 Florida law that restricts instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. It would end a fight about a law that has drawn national attention, with supporters calling the measure the “Parental Rights in Education” law — and opponents deriding it as the “don’t say gay” bill. More from the News Service of Florida, the Tampa Bay Times, and BBC News.

Banning cellphones in school is easy, right? Why that’s debatable.

When she first proposed cellphone restrictions for Pinellas County students last summer, school board Chairperson Laura Hine had little doubt in her mind. As officials delved into the details, though, it became clear that easy sounding approaches often come with complications. That’s especially true for Florida school districts, which tend to be large, serving tens of thousands of families with varying expectations. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

NAACP urges student-athletes to reconsider Florida colleges after state eliminates DEI programs

Black student-athletes should reconsider attending public colleges and universities in Florida, the NAACP said in a letter to NCAA President Charlie Baker on Monday. The letter came in response to the University of Florida and other state schools that have eliminated their diversity, equity and inclusion programs. It was also addressed to current and prospective student-athletes. [Source: AP]

Florida State fires back in ACC fight

With a hearing scheduled April 9, Florida State University this week fired back at a request by the Atlantic Coast Conference to put on hold — or dismiss — a lawsuit that could lead to FSU leaving the athletic conference. FSU filed the lawsuit Dec. 22 in Leon County circuit court challenging what it describes as more than $500 million in penalties if it wants to exit the conference. But the day before the Leon County case was filed, the conference filed a lawsuit in North Carolina against FSU about many of the same issues, which focus on media rights. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Florida to develop charter school rule

The state Department of Education is preparing to develop a rule that would help carry out measures approved in the past two years related to oversight of charter schools. The department Tuesday posted a notice of development of rule-making that said one part of the rule would implement issues in a bill approved by the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2023. The potential rule deals, in part, with what are known as charter school sponsors, which can include school districts, state colleges and universities. [Source: News Service of Florida]


› Higher education faculty unions in the Tampa Bay area say protections are more crucial than ever
Higher education faculty unions in the greater Tampa Bay region are fighting to stay certified under tougher state regulations. While some have managed to increase membership past the state's new 60% threshold, others fell short and must now go through a recertification process. Faculty union representatives in the region said their members have ramped up efforts to reach employees one-on-one and remind them of the "power of their union."

› Nearly year-round calendar approved for elementary school in Port St. John
The Brevard County School Board on Tuesday approved a nearly year-round calendar for an elementary school in Port St. John. Students at Challenger 7 Elementary will now begin the 2024-25 school year on July 22 instead of in August, according to the board. It’s the only Brevard Public Schools institution where the change is being made and parents of students attending Challenger 7 have until March 29 to complete a survey that would ensure their child’s placement at another school if desired.

› Jacksonville University basketball player addresses 'taboo' topic: athletic undergarments
For Emmy James and a lot of the other women she played basketball with, it was a big problem, but not one that easy to talk about: the health problems brought about by wearing synthetic compression undergarments under their uniform shorts after hours and hours of practice and competition. The Jacksonville University senior is working with professors to bring to market a better design.

› United Teachers of Dade endorse Daniella Levine Cava for re-election as Miami-Dade Mayor
Florida’s largest teachers union is getting behind Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s bid to keep her office for four more years. United Teachers of Dade (UTD), which represents some 24,000 school system employees, endorsed Levine Cava over five others seeking to supplant her as the county’s top official.

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