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Groups set to sue Florida over school chaplain law

Groups set to sue Florida over school chaplain law

Groups set to sue Florida over school chaplain law

The big story: Several new laws went into effect in Florida this week, including one that generated a lot of national attention when lawmakers debated it and again when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it.

The state’s decision to allow public schools to bring religious chaplains on campus to counsel students prompted advocates to celebrate Florida’s continued support for parents’ choices for their children. Critics criticized the idea, arguing that the state has no business introducing religion into public education.

While discussing the principles, many overlooked the provision that school boards can allow chaplains to be present, but are not required to do so. And many have no intention of implementing the program. Read more here.

However, if a district adopts the model, there are groups ready to sue, WFSU reports. The Satanic Temple has already said it will provide the test case, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Current issues

Challenges of the book: Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Escambia County school district’s removal of books from school libraries have asked the court to force the district to return the books to the shelves, the News Service of Florida reports.

Degree programs: Nursing schools at Florida universities have turned away qualified students because they don’t have room for them, despite a nursing shortage in the state, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Florida State University and Florida A&M University are looking for ways to protect programs that have come under fire from the Board of Governors for poor performance, WFSU reports.

The aftermath of the park: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where 17 people lost their lives in a 2018 shooting massacre has been demolished, six years after the incident, WSVN reports. All the rubble will be gone when students return in the fall.

School zones: Sarasota is preparing to add cameras to school zones to help detect speeders, WFLA reports. Violators will face a $100 fine.

Summer Learning: United Way and other organizations in the Tampa Bay region are offering programs and books to children over the summer to keep them reading as a way to limit summer learning loss, WTVT reports.

From the court file… A teenager convicted of shooting a fellow Seminole High School student in Sanford two years ago has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, WOFL reports. • An appeals court has ruled that two South Florida school districts are not required to reimburse an insurance company for the medical expenses of three people injured in school bus accidents, the News Service of Florida reports.

Don’t miss any story. Here is the link to Wednesday’s recap.

Before you leave … Are you ready for the Paris Olympics? Frederick Richard sure is.