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Sanders Memorial Elementary School first grade teacher Julie Forsting takes notes on Florida's new "parental rights" laws during a presentation on the first day back to work on Aug. 3, 2022.
A roundup of Florida education news from around the state
Grant Park Christian Academy had sued federal and state officials over new discrimination rules on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Educators at Sanders Memorial Elementary in Pasco said they don’t need legislation to know how to act professionally.
More than 70% expressed doubts that the board of trustees would pick a new president with academic priorities.

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  1. Sanders Memorial Elementary School first grade teacher Julie Forsting takes notes on Florida's new "parental rights" laws during a presentation on the first day back to work on Aug. 3, 2022.
  2. Grant Park Christian Academy will not have to follow new federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in order to continue receiving federal school lunch dollars, the school’s lawyers said Monday.
  3. Assistant principal Kim Hedgspeth, wearing green, leads the Sanders Memorial Elementary faculty through an hourlong review of Florida's new parental rights laws on Aug. 3, 2022 — their first day back to work for the new school year.
  4. The Hillsborough County Public Schools Back to School Press Conference was held at the Dorothy C. York Innovation Academy PreK-8 on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 at Apollo Beach. The magnet school will open for the first time later this month.
  5. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where a new survey suggests faculty morale is at a low point.
  6. At 75, Askia Muhammad Aquil received the USF degree he started working on in 1966. He is shown here outside his office in Campbell Park on Feb. 9, 2021.
  7. Jill Watson, 37, a second-grade teacher at Woodbridge Elementary, shops at the Hillsborough Education Foundation's Teaching Tools Resource Center on Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Tampa as she prepared for coming school year. "I've been coming here for years," Watson said. "Some of it is random, but then you're glad you have it."
  8. Florida politicians are in the middle of a fight over federal guidelines relating to gender discrimination and free cafeteria meals.
  9. It's time for students to board the one-way bus to Misery Town, a.k.a., school.
  10. Hillsborough County teachers and administrators attend a union bargaining session on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
  11. A passenger walks toward a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
  12. The Pasco County school district is seeking renewal of a sales tax in November to help pay for new school construction like Cypress Creek Middle, completed in 2019. County government is not offering any tax relief for the measure, unlike in past years.
  13. Shelley Kappeler, a library media technology specialist at Westgate Elementary school, shelves books on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County school district is reviewing the appropriateness and placement of books schools.
  14. Pasco County school district negotiator Tom Neesham, left, and his United School Employees of Pasco counterpart, Lynn Cavall, discuss pay proposals during contract talks Tuesday at the school district headquarters.
  15. Shelley Kappeler, a library media technology specialist at Westgate Elementary, shelves books on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in St. Petersburg. In response to new state laws, the Pinellas County school district is reviewing the appropriateness and placement of books in schools.
  16. Pasco County superintendent Kurt Browning, citing a spike in discipline problems in 2021-22, said he doesn't want the trend to continue in the new school year. He called on parents to ensure their children come to school knowing how to behave.
  17. Kindergarteners Denise Kelly, left, and Aliyas Lott pick their lunches in the cafeteria at Sandy Lane Elementary School in 2021. The federal school lunch plan has become part of the culture wars in Florida.
  18. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  campus in front of the USF St. Pete University Student Center. The campus has felt the impact of rising housing costs.
  19. Circuit Judge Lawrence Semento issued an order stopping the Hernando School Board's lawsuit that seeks to force the County Commission to place the sales tax item on the ballot.
  20. Hernando County teachers wave signs in 2015 in support of a half-cent sales tax for schools referendum. The School Board is trying to place the measure, which passed, before voters in November for renewal.
  21. Eckerd College president Damian J. Fernandez in November 2019. He announced in June that he would step down today.
  22. Florida education commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. has told school districts to ignore the Biden Administration's recommendations on how gender discrimination might affect their federal school lunch funding. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
  23. Outside Grant Park Christian Academy, a religious school in Tampa suing over federal policies on discrimination.
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