Robotics competitions, book bans and mask mandates

Broward: Broward County Public Schools inadvertently replaced old sex education curriculum with a new curriculum that had not yet been approved by the school board as required by law. Sun Sentinel.

Lakeland: Lakeland Christian School’s robotics team is heading to a state competition. The school’s team, “Team RISE 7719” placed first in the ROBOT League Championship held Feb 4. The next competition, sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will challenge students to build industrial-size robots with few resources and limited time. The team is made up of students in 6th through 12th grade. Lakeland Ledger.

Palm Beach: Some Palm Beach school board members want a new high school in Riviera Beach to serve the 2,000 high school-age students who live in the area. But only about 230 of them attend public schools according to the Palm Beach Post.

Pinellas: Pinellas County School Board member Carol Cook says the legislatures new requirements on books and curriculum represent an “unprecedented” level of micromanagement from the legislature. Tampa Bay Times.

Florida politics: What drives the politics behind Gov. DeSantis’ reshaping of Florida education?  Jeff Solocheck (Tampa Bay Times reporter), Kurt Browning (Pasco County schools superintendent), Brian Covey (former substitute teacher) and F. Chris Curran (associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Florida) discuss. WBUR.

Book Bans: Book bans in public schools are not consistent with freedom and liberty says the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Mask mandates: 11 of the 14 school board members targeted for replacement by Gov. DeSantis had voted in favor of mask mandates in local public schools. Florida Politics.

Opinions on school choice: The South Florida Sun Sentinel says no to school choice noting that “Nobody graduates with a degree in school choice.” Interestingly, no one graduates with a degree in public school attendance zones either… Sun Sentinel.