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School districts across the nation are using virtual learning as form of punishment. Many school districts are punishing students with disabilities or who allegedly misbehave by sending them home for virtual learning, denying students due process of a hearing despite the expulsion (disallowed from appearing on campus), resulting in inadequate learning environments and resources, and leading to inferior or poor academic performance.
Florida - School district releases memo on pronouns and bathroom policies. A memo released by Orange County Public Schools will not require employees and contractors to use students’ preferred pronouns and will not ask students to identify their used pronouns. Also, due to HB 1521, transgender and nonbinary students will be told to use a bathroom corresponding to their sex assigned at birth in the upcoming school year.
State Department of Education reverses decision to ban AP Psychology classes. The Florida Department of Education and College Board have resolved to allow districts to offer AP Psychology, despite current legislation in Florida that prohibits teaching sexual orientation and gender identity within public schools.
Ohio - Residents vote against State Issue 1. On August 8th, Ohio voters rejected Issue 1, a proposal that would have made it harder to amend the state constitution. Issue 1 was widely seen as an effort to make a November referendum to enshrine abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution more difficult to pass.
Oklahoma - Governor Kevin Stitt signs Executive Order defining the words “male” and “female”. Gov. Stitt signed an executive order requiring state agencies to define “male” and “female” based on biological sex. Independent Women’s Voice supported the order along with Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer who opposes allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports.