Florida education news: Gender issues, teacher contracts, school security and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Gender-neutral signs hang in the 21c Museum Hotel restrooms in Durham, N.C. [Getty Images]
Gender-neutral signs hang in the 21c Museum Hotel restrooms in Durham, N.C. [Getty Images]
Published January 8

GENDER ISSUES: The conservative Liberty Counsel, loosely affiliated with Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, continues to pressure the Pasco County school district to change its approach dealing with transgender students.

STILL FIGHTING: Former Hernando County superintendent Lori Romano continues to fight her June dismissal, filing an intent to appeal the School Board's action in court.

CONTRACT TALKS: The Indian River County Education Association declares its negotiations at an impasse over finances.

CAMPUS SECURITY: Orange County schools continue to search for guards to staff every school as state law now requires, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Some south Florida parents and students say new school safety requirements aren't really making them feel safer, WLRN reports.

TEACHER EXODUS? Northeast Florida school districts see an increasing number of teacher resignations, WJAX reports. • Lake County school district leaders aim to stem a 15 percent annual teacher turnover with a focus on retention efforts, the Daily Commercial reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Manatee County School Board delays consideration of extending interim superintendent Cynthia Saunders' contract, the Bradenton Herald reports.

REORGANIZATION: The Duval County school district shuffles its top administration, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CENTER? OR COLLEGE? A Leon County school district technical education  center wants to rebrand itself as a technical college, and is running into resistance from some who suggest the change would be misleading, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BAD ACTS: A growing list of Miami-Dade County parents step forward to accuse a middle school P.E. teacher of sexually abusing and harassing their children, the Miami Herald reports. • A Sarasota County substitute teacher is arrested on accusations she spread feces across an area where the school principal was hosting her child's birthday party, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ICYMI: Yesterday's Florida education news roundup

TODAY: Senate Education, 2:30 p.m. • House Education, 3 p.m.