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Florida education news: Transgender rights, extra funding, commissioner’s extension and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.

GENDER ISSUES: The Pasco County school district comes under fire for how it deals with transgender students, after two teachers and a parent seek advice from the Liberty Counsel. The issue arises as the Trump administration ponders changing the federal definition of gender. Listen to our latest podcast for how the Sarasota County school district is coping with the issue.

TURNAROUND FUNDING: Fourteen struggling schools win awards of $2,000 per student to help them implement improvement plans.

STICK AROUND: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart accepts a one-year extension on her job, which she had planned to leave at the end of Gov. Rick Scott's term. •  The Florida Board of Education holds its business meeting in Citrus County for the first time in recent memory, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

ANONYMOUS REPORTING: State officials say they will stop tracking user information on their school suspicious activity reporting application, which was supposed to be anonymous, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAXES: Palm Beach County school district officials encourage voters to back a local property tax increase to support daily operations, the Palm Beach Daily News reports. • The Polk County school district seeks voter renewal of its local option sales tax to help pay for major construction projects, the Ledger reports.

THREATS: Law enforcement in Lee and Collier counties investigate several threats of violence to schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • A Duval County teen is arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up his high school, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho collects another major national award recognizing his leadership, the Miami Herald reports.

EVALUATIONS: A new study that includes Hillsborough County schools indicates that changes in teacher evaluation systems have made a big impact on the school principal's job, Chalkbeat reports.

AFTER MICHAEL: The Bay County school district is hiring temporary day care workers to help district employees with young children return to work, the Panama City News Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A Volusia County middle school band booster is arrested on accusations she stole about $10,000 from the group to help pay her rent, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup