Florida education news: Report cards, Haitian flags, pay raises and more
DENIED: A judge rejects a former Hernando school administrator's claim that as a whistleblower he should get his job back.
GENDER ISSUES: A key Florida House member, who is running for Nassau schools superintendent, asks the state Attorney General's Office whether a new federal guideline on transgender students in schools violates state rights. • Equality Florida will fight the Clay school district's stance on transgender rights, Florida Politics reports.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Three Tampa-area home schooled students place second in a national competition about the science of sleep. • St. Johns Episcopal students head to the Odyssey of the Mind world finals for a fourth straight year. • Hernando K-8 students create games for a math carnival.
REPORT CARDS: Parents at a Palm Beach elementary school want to dump standards-based report cards and return to letter grades, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DRESS CODE: Some Immokalee High students are sent home after refusing to change out of t-shirts displaying the Haitian flag, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.
SUPERINTENDENTS: A top Palm Beach district administrator will become next superintendent of Pittsburgh (Pa.) public schools, WESA reports.
LABOR NEWS: Volusia teachers plan to protest their latest contract deal, WESH reports. More from the Daytona Beach News-Journal. • Seminole teachers arrive at a tentative contract agreement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GETTING READY: Parents meet with Manatee district leaders to discuss a proposed merger of two schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LAWSUITS: The Manatee School Board is set to settle lawsuits with two former employees, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A Palm Beach teacher who is suing his school leaders is banned from campus, the Palm Beach Post reports. • A Leon teacher sues the school district alleging wrongful termination, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GROWTH: The Miami-Dade school district announces major expansion plans for schools in the northeast part of the county, the Miami Herald reports.
HOMESTEAD: A Duval resident claims a School Board member doesn't live in the district she represents, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SAFETY: An Okaloosa middle school conducts classes as usual despite a bomb threat written on a bathroom wall, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
STICK AROUND: Most Orange County teachers with a retirement date one week before classes end will stay until the end of the school year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
COLLEGE COSTS: Incoming Florida Senate president Joe Negron wants to make more scholarships available to Florida students, the News Service of Florida reports.
LEADERSHIP: Retirements spark a higher-than-usual number of principal changes in Sarasota and Manatee schools, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Four Alachua schools get new principals, the Gainesville Sun reports.