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Florida students weigh in on new school year as discriminatory policies take effect

September 12, 2023

Alexandra Martinez

“We’re seeing these attacks on academic freedom across the board,” said Maxx Fenning, the executive director of PRISM FL. “It’s important for us to be represented in history and to be represented in schools.”


Gov. Ron DeSantis' education overhaul continues with bathroom rule at Florida state colleges

August 24, 2023

Ana Goñi-Lessan, Finch Walker, Thao Nguyen, Steven Walker

"Trans people just want to pee in a stall safely and mind their own business, and now college students can't even do that in their own housing," said Maxx Fenning, founder and executive director of PRISM, an LGBTQ advocacy group.


New Florida rule for college staff: Use bathroom of your sex assigned at birth or be fired

August 23, 2023

Ana Goñi-Lessan, Finch Walker

Transgender faculty and staff at Florida state colleges will be fired if they use a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, according to a new Florida Board of Education rule approved Wednesday.


Broward School Board approves LGBTQ resolutions after heated debate

August 9, 2023

Scott Travis

An effort by the Broward School Board to honor its diverse communities over the next year turned into more of a feud than a celebration Tuesday.

In past years, resolutions recognizing certain events or groups have passed with little notice. But this year, resolutions to support the LGBTQ community and the instruction of African American history fueled the same angry culture war debates that have become increasingly common statewide.

By the time the 3½-hour discussion was over, the left-leaning majority on the School Board prevailed in passing 98 resolutions, including three in support of the LGBTQ community.

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