The big story: They are books, books and more books.
Florida’s battle over books appearing in school libraries continued to escalate this week, with the group Moms for Liberty expanding the effort to excise materials some consider offensive that the Florida Citizens Alliance launched there. years ago.
The latest episode has the Brevard County chapter of Moms for Liberty submitting its fourth list of titles it wants removed from shelves, bringing the total to 41 in that district, WKMG reports.
To manage the growing number of challenges, the Brevard School Board approved a new district-wide examination system, rather than dealing with each first at the school level as had been the procedure, Florida today reports.
The fight for library books in Brevard has grown increasingly emotional, with some parents accusing the district of ‘abusing our children’ and others criticizing the board for placating a group that ‘terrorized our schools’ , the daily beast reports.
It’s a scenario that shouldn’t fade any time soon. District officials said even with the new approach, it could take years to sift through the growing pile of books that some have claimed are pornographic or otherwise objectionable. Similar debates are taking place in several counties, including Polk, where the superintendent dismissed most challenges and kept the books for release, reports WUSF.
At the same time, groups continue to fight over the content of textbooks. Additional reviews of proposed math books in Florida have focused on whether to include a vaudeville-era Jewish divorce joke in a book, The Jewish Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, a whistleblower has released another set of details about how textbook publishers overcharged some school districts, which would be a violation of state law if proven. The Capitolist reports.
Superintendent’s turnover: The newly appointed superintendent of Lee County is due to be sworn in Monday. Voters could decide to remove the superintendent appointed in November, WINK reports. • Seeing the high number of superintendents who left Florida in the past five years, the Sarasota County School Board considered giving a raise to their superintendent to stay on, the North Port Sun reports.
Teacher compensation: Seven Florida school districts have faced criticism from the State Board of Education over delays in getting state-approved funds for teacher increases in educator paychecks, reports the News. Service of Florida.
HB 1557: The State Board of Education has reprimanded the Lee County School Board over allegations that it plans to circumvent the state’s new “parental rights” law that limits teaching about gender identity, Florida Politics reports.
Class Technology: Citrus County schools will receive new interactive bulletin boards allowing teachers to work more seamlessly with their students using laptops and other devices, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
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The State Board of Education held its meeting Wednesday in Key West. This raised questions about the time and taxpayer money spent bringing state and school district employees to the scene, Florida Phoenix reports.
An Escambia County educator said discrimination prevented her promotion. The district superintendent defended the hiring process, but agreed to review it further to see if it can be improved, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
The Lee County School Board censured one of its members. The action was sparked by a whistleblower complaint against member Chris Patricca, WFTX reports.
Five students were found to have snagged a shark carcass at a high school in St. Johns County. They will not face charges, the Register of Saint Augustine reports.
Police blotter… A Palm Beach County middle school teacher was arrested for having sex with a student, the palm beach post reports. • Three students were arrested after a fight at a college in Palm Beach County, reports WPTV.
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