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Florida education news: Student politics, hurricane relief, gender issues and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
With local high school students leading the way, an estimated 13,000 supporters of the March For Our Lives movement rallied at Kiley Garden in Tampa on March 24, followed by a march around downtown. Days later, planning began for a local town hall meeting, part of the student-led strategy to keep the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting in the public eye. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
With local high school students leading the way, an estimated 13,000 supporters of the March For Our Lives movement rallied at Kiley Garden in Tampa on March 24, followed by a march around downtown. Days later, planning began for a local town hall meeting, part of the student-led strategy to keep the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting in the public eye. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Published Oct. 30, 2018

CLASSES FIRST: Pasco County high school principals get a reminder that they are not to excuse students from classes so they can volunteer at political activities. "Although I appreciate our students involving themselves in the political process, their involvement needs to occur after school hours and/or on the weekend," superintendent Kurt Browning wrote to the school leaders.

AFTER MICHAEL: The Pasco County school district plans to send 20 school buses to hurricane-ravaged Bay County. • Independent bookstores around Florida will  hold a fundraiser to support school districts damaged in the storm, the Sunshine State News reports. • Jackson County students return to classes after three weeks out, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

PARTING GIFT: Retiring University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft, one of the nation's highest-paid university leaders, gets a $210,000 bonus after receiving a glowing performance review.

GENDER ISSUES: The Sarasota County school district's new policy on transgender students generates some opposition, including from one School Board member who wants the district to inform parents if a student comes out as transgender to school employees, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Duval County television station WJXT offers parents information on how to look into the history of their children's school teachers.

PARENT CONCERNS: Parents at a Clay County elementary school worry about their children's safety with a new teacher who has a history of mental issues, WJXT reports.

LABOR NEWS: Volusia County teachers and support staff resume contract negotiations as impasse hearings loom, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TESTING: A St. Johns County parent raises concerns about the political wording of a question on her son's vocabulary test, WKMG reports.

SCHOOL THREATS: A Leon County man is arrested on accusations of making bomb threats against three area high schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • A Broward County teen is arrested after making a school shooting "joke" threat, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Palm Beach County teen accused of threatening to shoot students faces felony charges, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup