Florida parent takes fight for school rights to court


The Big Story: Several school districts across Florida have policies that allow their superintendents to remove students from schools without appeal if “circumstances” warrant it.

Few use it.

In 10 years as Pasco County Superintendent, Kurt Browning invoked the rule once. The affected family sued in federal court, saying their constitutional rights had been violated.

Now it looks like things are about to change. Read the latest story here.

Controversy over parental rights in Florida schools has surfaced in several school districts recently. Among the other instances:

• Sarasota County school board member Bridget Ziegler, a founding member of Moms for Liberty, criticized a school for allowing a group to promote QueerCon to students, reports the North Port Sun. She said schools are not the place to promote cultural and political activities that parents should decide on.

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• The Escambia County School District dropped its Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual test. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, it was heavily criticized by parents for inappropriate content.

More hot topics

Book Challenges: School districts across Florida and across the country have seen an increase in book challenges over the past year, mostly from coordinated conservative groups, WJXT reports. Florida was second only to Texas in the number of bans, reports Florida Politics.

Enrollment: Flagler County’s school population has hit a new record high, but it doesn’t appear to reflect actual growth in the community, Flagler Live reports.

Security: The Miami-Dade County School District hired a new principal to oversee school safety mandates. He is the husband of the Broward County superintendent who was recently shot at by state officials, reports the Miami Herald.

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Steer: Supporters of Charlotte County’s property tax referendum began a campaign in November to have the measure renewed, reports the Port Charlotte Sun.

Teacher deficits: Palm Beach County schools have begun searching internationally for educators to fill vacancies, reports WPTV. • State Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. invited New York teachers who were fired for not being vaccinated to come to Florida to find jobs, reports Florida’s Voice.

From the police blotter… A deputy accidentally fired a gun at a Martin County school, reports WPEC. Nobody was injured.

From the court record… The judge in the Parkland school shooting case declined to resign, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • State attorneys have appealed a ruling that blocked implementation of a new law restricting diversity training in workplaces and schools, the News Service of Florida reports.

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Don’t miss any story. Here is the link to yesterday’s summary.

Before you go … This kid is such a cracker. Have you seen him in The Adam Project on Netflix?

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