The main message: Submit an objection to Florida’s new law on gender identity and sexuality education under the tagline “if you don’t succeed at first, try, try again”.
Thrown out of federal court for unconstitutionality, a group of parents, students and teachers have filed an updated complaint against the measure, which they say will affect them ” concrete harm” from the law.
“They’ve been denied the same educational opportunities they want to receive, in the curriculum and beyond, and they’ve been exposed to a racist educational environment that treats LGBTQ people and issues as something to avoid. and avoidance, on pain of learning and responsibility. ,” said the 60-page lawsuit.
The case includes plaintiffs from Pasco and Manatee counties in the Tampa Bay area. Read from the Florida News Service.
UF presidential search: Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse by the University of Florida Board of Trustees today, before the board votes on whether he will be the university’s next president. The election follows weeks of protests and no-confidence votes in the election process. • Sasse, who has been criticized for his public stances on LGBTQ issues and lack of experience at a major research university, was named the only finalist in a largely closed process under a new law in early October. His first visit to the university was met with a huge protest. The university has since announced that it will enforce an antiquated law to prevent protests inside the building. • A protest is still planned outside the building where Sasse will be questioned. Here’s the program, which includes a link to the website where you can watch the action. — Divya Kumar, staff writer
Book challenges: The Pinellas County School Board is considering policy changes aimed at protecting teachers and also complying with state laws on textbook selection and challenges. Board members said they have heard that teachers are taking titles out of their classrooms to avoid fighting.
School Board Elections: The race for a Lafayette County board seat features two siblings, with Marion McCray running against challenger Mary Anne McCray, WUFT reported. • Three Palm Beach County board seats are up for election on Election Day, according to the Palm Beach Post. • A Broward County School Board member removed by Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to regain his seat, WLRN reports.
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Political Science: National political parties are gaining ground in school board elections. A Brevard County candidate spoke about his welcome but moderated their support in this story from Education Week. • Moms for Liberty in Florida led the way in putting education at the forefront of voting issues. What is their motivation? The New Yorker reports.
Confirm action: The U.S. Supreme Court is casting doubt on the future of using race as an admissions factor for colleges and universities, according to the Associated Press.
Other school information
A Seminole County mom talks about her son’s trip home after school. He says drivers speed in the school zone to avoid pickup trucks, which could put children in danger, Spectrum 13 reports.
A group of Miami-Dade County parents say they love their school’s tuition fees. They are concerned about the physical condition of the school, however, WTVJ reports.
A Hillsborough County high school senior with cerebral palsy died days after choking in the school cafeteria. Family members are trying to figure out what went wrong, WTVT reports.
Brevard County High School’s homecoming king gave his crown and sash to a fellow student with a brain injury. “He can talk, he’s funny, he’s a good guy, he’s the mayor. He’s the mayor’s boss is what we call him,” brother James Verpaele told WKMG of Parks Finney. “He was a brother to us all.”
Ham radio is alive and well at Alachua County High School. Students are using the system to communicate with others around the world, Main Street Daily News reports.
Don’t miss a word. Here is a link to yesterday’s event.
Before you go… It’s marching band competition season over the weekend, and all the marching band students took to the field to score high marks. Sickles High’s big band took on “West Side Story” for its performance. Increase the video to the 4 minute mark, and enjoy the process.
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