The big story: They are always math textbooks.
In response to growing demands for information about why it rejected dozens of math books, the Florida Department of Education released thousands of pages of notes from official reviewers that helped make the decision.
The documents showed that the vast majority of reviewers found no fault with the content. A handful of people who took issue with the material — mostly the language of some word problems, not the actual math — had ties to conservative organizations such as Moms for Liberty and Hillsdale College in Michigan.
Department officials, including new commissioner Manny Diaz Jr., released statements saying “several reviewers” found critical race theory and other prohibited references in the texts. Meanwhile, the ministry has not made more examples available.
Read more about the ongoing math book debate here. For additional stories, see the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Phoenix, New York Times, Washington Post
Youth behavior: Acting Florida Education Commissioner Jacob Oliva says the state won’t ignore data traditionally collected in the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, despite the activity being withdrawn half-yearly. Florida just wants to do the work itself, Oliva said.
HB 1557: LGBTQ youth in Florida and other states with similar legislation limiting education about gender identity and sexual orientation say they feel targeted and marginalized, USA today reports.
Teacher compensation: A new round of Brevard County teacher contract talks got off to a rocky start because of a dispute over whether the district would pay raises or bonuses, Florida today reports.
Book Challenges: The Brevard County School Board will consider adopting a policy allowing the board to address book challenges at the district level rather than having them go through schools first, Florida today reports.
Political Divisions: Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler and her husband, County Commissioner Christian Ziegler, are at the heart of their county’s growing political division that has manifested itself in increasingly heated debates in the district. school, the Washington Post reports.
Other school news
Being a teenage parent is fraught with complications. The Polk County School District‘s Teen Parenting Program aims to help students work in the classroom and in life, the register reports.
It’s time for the ball. Alachua County high school students celebrate without pandemic restrictions for the first time in three years, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Reading is fundamental. An independent bookstore in Walton County has invited all county public school teachers to come and select a free children’s or young adult book to add to their classroom libraries, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • The Escambia County School District is offering all students four free books to read over the summer and keep, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
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Ready for recess? Some teachers in Florida and other states have revoked recess as punishment for misbehavior or other infractions, and activists are pushing to end the practice, Hechinger Report reports.
A Palm Beach County church has not renewed its school lease. Upset parents and students wore “Save Our School” shirts to services over the weekend, WPTV reports.
An Osceola County high school teacher is being investigated for a disputed history class assignment. The students were asked to create their own version of Nazi propaganda, which was then displayed publicly, reports WFTV.
Police blotter… A Marion County middle school student services director has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
Before you leave … It’s National Lost Sock Remembrance Day. You know you’ve lost your share. Where did they go? Nobody knows. Today, think about alternative uses for solos, like making a sock puppet by making a toy for the dog.
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