This Week's Most Read NewsSome Tampa Bay schools were addressing transgender issues before the Obama bathroom edict
School superintendents across Florida and the nation got a stern warning from the Obama administration on Friday to respect the rights of transgender students, or face the loss of federal funds.Clay superintendent to fight Obama order on transgender bathrooms in schools
Charlie Van Zant Jr., Clay County superintendent, announced Monday that his school district will not follow the Obama administration’s directive to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with. Van Zant said in a video posted on YouTube that biologically male and female students will be required to use their respective bathrooms.Orange schools tighten building-access security
The Orange County school district has tightened security after discovering that thousands of people who aren't current employees or vendors could have had access to school campuses and other district buildings. The district hasn't seen evidence that anyone who's not a current employee or vendor has actually entered district property, but they could have access if they had a card and an active account in the district's security system, said Linda Lindsey, Orange's senior director of internal auditing.
School Board votes for raises, but only if employees pay more for health care
In front of a sea of red - a crowd of more than 1,000 teachers wearing the same color shirt - the School Board voted Wednesday night in favor of the district changing what employees pay for health insurance next year to free up money for raises.