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Florida ‘parental rights in education’ lawsuit tossed from federal court

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis displays the signed Parental Rights in Education bill in March at Classical Preparatory school in Shady Hills.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis displays the signed Parental Rights in Education bill in March at Classical Preparatory school in Shady Hills. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | AP ]
Published Oct. 4|Updated Oct. 4

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

Aerial photo of damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022, in Fort Myers.
Aerial photo of damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Thursday, September 29, 2022, in Fort Myers. [ JOE CAVARETTA | South Florida Sun-Sentinel ]

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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