LGBTQ issues take center stage in Florida education policy debate – Tampa Bay Times

by | Sep 15, 2022 | Education

The big story: Across Florida, the issue of LGBTQ student and staff rights in the public schools increasingly has risen to the surface as conservative lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis have focused attention on the issue.In Pasco County, the matter has occupied the School Board for much of the past four years — even before the “parental rights in education” law came into being.The latest dispute has centered on whether the district may keep ‘safe space’ stickers in classrooms and other parts of campus. But it’s also popped up in other forms. Read the latest here.The State Board of Education has made clear its stance on LGBTQ rights in schools. It issued its newest directive on the subject, including rules for overnight field trips, Florida Phoenix reports.The Miami Beach City Commission urged Miami-Dade County school principals to ignore the School Board’s rejection of a resolution supporting LGBTQ History Month, Florida Politics reports. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade district officials explained their decision to prevent students from attending a performance of a Pulitzer-winning play by a gay playwright, the Miami Herald reports. Students have attended past productions of the show in the past. Superintendent Jose Dotres told the Herald the decision had nothing to do with the author’s sexuality.Hot topicsLeadership: Hillsborough County superintendent Addison Davis has won the support of his School Board in the face of ongoing controversy, as evidenced by his latest performance reviews. • The Board of Governors has a new chancellor in former state Sen. Ray Rodrigues, an ally of Gov. DeSantis, the News Service of Florida reports.Budgets: The Pinellas County School Board approved a $1.8 billion budget, as employees called for more money to go into salaries. • The Sarasota County School Board adopted a $1.4 billion budget, with two members opposed to the new tax rate, the Herald-Tribu …

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