Of the thousands of bills filed during the 2021 legislative session, 272 made it through to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. More than two dozen affected Florida education. DeSantis acted on the final set of them in the final day before their July 1 implementation date. One of the measures he signed previously already faces a legal challenge. Read on for the latest on those stories and more Florida education news.
New education laws take effect today. Among them, Florida’s parents now have a “bill of rights” spelling out their role in educating their children, Florida Politics reports. • Another is designed to make it easier for parents to get their kids out of sex education classes, WFLA reports. • Gov. DeSantis vetoed one measure: It was a civics education bill. • This week’s Gradebook newsletter offers an overview of more of the state’s latest education laws. You can sign up to receive it here.
Sue you. A 13-year-old transgender girl has sued Gov. Ron DeSantis over Florida’s new law that bans her from playing on girls’ school sports teams, the News Service of Florida reports. It was hours from taking effect.
Pandemic learning loss: The pandemic had a disproportionate effect on migrant students. Their school enrollment declined more steeply than any other group, the USA Today Florida Network reports.
Race lessons: Florida’s “critical race theory” ban won’t affect Alachua County schools. They don’t teach it, WUFT reports.
Teacher pay: The Orange County teachers union has requested raises for veteran educators. The district’s offer isn’t close, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Name, image and likeness: The NCAA has lifted its restrictions on paying student-athletes, paving the way for laws in Florida and other states to take effect, the Associated Press reports.
Masks: About 40 parents demanded the Leon County School Board keep masks optional in the fall. One board member walked out of the meeting, which had grown heated, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Escambia County is getting a new homeschool cooperative. It will allow students the opportunity to mix in-school and at-home lessons, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
The NAACP has condemned Gov. DeSantis’ removal of an Alachua County School Board member. The group says the governor should respect the will of the voters, the Gainesville Sun reports.
It’s really happening. The Duval County school district has removed the name of Robert E. Lee from signs at the high school that had honored him, WJXT reports. The district is renaming six schools that recognized Confederate soldiers.
Teachers seeking higher education have a new option. Bethune-Cookman University has a new agreement to help its graduates get a master’s degree at the University of Tampa, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
A Lake County high school is getting a new aviation program. About 80 students already have signed up, Spectrum 13 reports.
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