The big story: Florida has faced several legal challenges to the new laws affecting classroom instruction on the topics of race, gender and sexual identity.
A federal judge this week tossed out one of the lawsuits, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case. The judge left room for them to refile a revised complaint, taking no stance on the underlying constitutional issues at stake.
Read more from the News Service of Florida.
Other school news
Hurricane aftermath: Thousands of southwest Florida school students won’t be returning to classes this week, Florida Phoenix reports. Lee County’s superintendent said reopening is a priority, WGCU reports. • Florida Gulf Coast University announced it will use Saturdays to make up instructional time lost to the hurricane, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • An Orange County elementary school shuttered by flooding will move temporarily to a high school campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Sarasota County School Board will hold a meeting to discuss granting its superintendent emergency powers to deal with hurricane damage, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Book challenges: The Palm Beach County school district has created a checklist for teachers to use for reviewing their classroom libraries, Boca News Now reports.
Bullying: Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez is taking an anti-bullying message to elementary school students, WKMG reports.
Getting there: A 5-year-old Broward County boy was left at a school he doesn’t attend, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
School safety: State officials told Orange County school district leaders to give immediate attention to security and discipline concerns raised by a state grand jury, as many of the problems remain, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Student athletes: The FHSAA asks students to answer several health-related questions before getting clearance to play. Some the questions are rather personal, and they’re coming under scrutiny, the Palm Beach Post reports.
From the police blotter ... A Broward County charter school principal faces charges for having guns on campus over the summer, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Miami-Dade County fourth grader faces charges over accusations of bringing a gun to school, WFOR reports.
Don’t miss a story. Here’s a link to yesterday’s roundup.
Before you go ... Did you see the Hocus Pocus sequel? With Bette Midler starring, of course there’s a musical piece. Here you go.
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