Florida education news: Gender issues, charter schools, immigrant students and more
GENDER ISSUES: Each Hillsborough public school will have at least one universal restroom starting this fall, to accommodate transgender students. * The Brevard School Board adopts a new anti-discrimination policy for LGBT students, teachers and staff, Florida Today reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A struggling Pinellas charter school abruptly shuts down, leaving the school district to try to take it over.
IN THE COURTS: The Collier school district asks a judge to dismiss a case accusing the system of discriminating against immigrant children, the Naples Daily News reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Three more Duval schools face state-mandated improvement plans because of persistently low performance, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TAXES: The Palm Beach school district begins to release information about how it would spend revenue from a proposed local sales tax, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GROWTH: A closed Seminole elementary school will reopen in 2017 as enrollment surges, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LOWEST 300: Thirteen Escambia elementary schools land on the state's lowest 300 in reading list, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
HONORED: Retiring state Sen. Nancy Detert receives the FSBA's Legislator of the Year award for the sixth time since 1999, Politico Florida reports.
BUDGETS: The Polk School Board directs its staff to increase its proposed budget fund balance, the Ledger reports. * The Sarasota school district budget shrinks for the first time in years as it ends construction projects, the Herald-Tribune reports. * St. Johns taxpayers see their sixth consecutive decrease in required local effort for schools, the St. Augustine Record reports.