Florida education news: Gender expression, turnarounds, deficits and more
WHO ARE YOU? Hillsborough school officials add "gender expression" to the list of categories protected against discrimination. • A proposal to allow transgender bathrooms at a Sarasota school draws protesters and supporters for a third consecutive School Board meeting, the Herald-Tribune reports.
OVERHAUL: Pinellas district leaders propose major changes to the way they operate schools in St. Petersburg's black neighborhoods.
HALF FULL: Hernando School Board members learn their budget deficit will be much less than earlier expected.
GOING, GOING, GONE: The Pasco School Board finally reaches a deal to sell a prime parcel in Zephyrhills.
AT THE TOP: Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins aims to slim down and decentralize his leadership team. • A Lake elementary principal heads to a top Palm Beach administrative job, the Daily Commercial reports.
UNRECOGNIZED: Several Leon teachers continue to criticize the state's Best and Brightest bonus as unfair, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GET MOVING: Sarasota School Board members accelerate their superintendent search to avoid competing with Polk and St. Johns, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SHIFTING SCHOOLS: The Manatee School Board nears a decision on new attendance zones needed after one elementary shuts down, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Duval School Board prepares to revise school boundaries and change several schools' programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CONFUSION: A Bay County commissioner blasts the school district for moving school bus stops because of heavy rains, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: Two Palm Beach teachers face dismissal for inappropriate conduct, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EXPRESS YOURSELF: Some Escambia middle schoolers learn to channel their thoughts through poetry, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
READ THEIR LIPS: Lee School Board members dismiss talk of seeking a local sales tax referendum, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DIG DEEP: The Broward school district might have to repay $23 million in Title I funds after an audit finds the money was inappropriately used, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Alachua School Board ratifies its teacher contract, the Gainesville Sun reports.