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Florida school appeals fine over transgender student athlete

A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
 
Students from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., walk out of school in November, in support of a transgender student who played on the girls volleyball team. School officials are appealing a decision by state athletic board to fine the high school and put it on probation over its action, which violated a controversial law enacted by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature.
Students from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., walk out of school in November, in support of a transgender student who played on the girls volleyball team. School officials are appealing a decision by state athletic board to fine the high school and put it on probation over its action, which violated a controversial law enacted by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Legislature. [ JOE CAVARETTA | AP ]
Published Jan. 4|Updated Jan. 4

The big story: A Broward County high school found itself in the glare of the national spotlight late last year, as it came under fire for allowing a transgender student to play on its girls volleyball team.

The school district removed the school’s principal and other educators who made it possible. Students walked out in support of their schoolmate.

State officials promised dire consequences for the officials who they said flouted Florida law by allowing the student to be on the team. The FHSAA, whose board is controlled by appointees of Gov. Ron DeSantis, followed up with a $16,500 fine and other penalties.

Monarch High’s new leaders have now appealed the fine, the Sun-Sentinel reports. But the school is not challenging the underlying finding, WPLG reports.

Hot topics

Student rights: A Republican state lawmaker filed a bill to offer protections to members of single-sex organizations and clubs at colleges and universities, News Service of Florida reports.

School days: Palm Beach County schools have no plans to transition to four-day weeks, unlike some schools in neighboring Broward County, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Inclusivity: Some Florida school districts are crafting guidelines that aim to be inclusive of LGBTQ+ students while also complying with restrictive state laws, WUSF reports.

History lessons: Two Republican state lawmakers filed legislation trolling Vice President Kamala Harris and requiring schools teach which political parties promoted slavery in U.S. history, Florida Politics reports.

Attendance zones: Some Alachua County parents are raising questions and concerns about proposed changes to the district’s elementary school boundaries, WUFT reports.

From the court docket ... Prosecutors said they will not file felony charges against a Palm Beach County former teacher who was arrested three times in two weeks, WPTV reports. • A state appeals court ruled against Florida Virtual School’s complaint that Florida Online School infringed on its trademark, Bloomberg reports. • A judge did not dismiss charges against a Palm Beach County principal accused of failure to report a suspected sexual assault on a student, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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