FSBA #FridayFive – Week of July 11, 2016

FSBA #FridayFive – 5 Things You Should Know Each week, Executive Director, Andrea Messina, compiles a top 5 list of news stories that School Board Members should know about: Website Development School To Open In Wyoming More states sue over transgender bathroom directive Florida parents crowd funding fight against third grade retention What’s good in public…

Education Another 10 states sue Obama administration over bathroom guidance for transgender students

By Moriah Balingit July 8 Ten additional states are suing the Obama administration to stop a directive that requires schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity under the threat of losing federal funding, bringing the total number of states challenging the guidance to 21. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson…

Florida also issues district grades, lowest performing elementary schools

Annual school grades were just part of the latest data released Friday by the Florida Department of Education Less noticed, but also with their own impact, school districts grades came out, along with the list of lowest performing elementary schools. Those schools have to offer an extra hour of daily reading instruction. More than half…

Interdistrict Enrollment is Appealing but Tricky

Florida schools are preparing for next year’s rollout of one of the nation’s most unrestricted open-enrollment laws allowing students to more easily cross district lines to go to school—a practice that has grown slowly nationwide amid both statutory and practical hurdles. Nationwide, 23 states had some type of mandatory, interdistrict open-enrollment laws in 2015, prior…

‘Opt out’ parents seek lawyers’ help in battles over third-grade retention

TALLAHASSEE — Throughout Florida, parents of third graders who refused to take state exams are consulting attorneys about their legal options for fighting school districts’ plans to hold back their children. Florida law prohibits third graders who fail state reading tests from being promoted to the fourth grade, unless they are granted a “good cause”…