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The Point, Aug. 24, 2023: State education board approves college bathroom rule

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• The Alligator: Rep. Kat Cammack files late financial disclosure. "U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), who serves Florida’s third congressional district and represents Alachua County, failed to submit her annual financial disclosure on time for the second year in a row."

• WUFT News: The Fun(d)’s Over: 50% of college graduates aren’t getting hired in their field of study. "The current job market has proven that competition for employment is extremely high, and even those overqualified for a position may not even land an interview."

• The Alligator: Rosewood man found guilty of hate crime against Black historian. "Emanuel’s conviction by an all-white jury helped restore Dunn's faith in the U.S. justice system, he said."

• Florida Storms: East Coast and West Coast hurricanes, explained. "Hurricane season for people on the East Coast is a familiar six-month-long event, but for people on the West Coast, seeing a tropical cyclone is an unusual site."

• The Alligator: Gainesville homeless population suffers through record-breaking heat. "The local homeless population, which often lacks reliable access to resources like air conditioning and water, has become especially vulnerable due to the recent heat waves slamming Florida. GRACE Marketplace is scrambling to address the increased need for its resources."

• Mainstreet Daily News: SF Teaching Zoo raises admission prices. "According to an SF College press release, the admission increase is being made to provide animal care and continued conservation efforts the zoo is involved with."

• WCJB: FDOT officials educate students to set a different pace for pedestrian safety. "School leaders partnered with University of Florida Police Department and FDOT for the second year to educate students on the dangers of the road."

• Mainstreet Daily News: Alachua County Library to hold Fandomonium. "The Alachua County Library District will be hosting an all-ages comic con style event known as Fandomonium."

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• News Service of Florida: State Board of Education approves a college bathroom rule. "Florida public colleges will be required to update policies on restrooms and changing rooms to have separate facilities 'based on biological sex at birth,' under a rule approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education."

• WUSF-Tampa: How to combat Florida's wildfire risk? Fight fire with fire. "The horrific wildfire that raged in Hawaii last week has put the idea of preventing wildfires in the national spotlight. We go to Flatwoods Park, a recreation area and wellfield near New Tampa, to show how fire is being fought — with fire."

•WMFE-Orlando: Flagler interim superintendent apologizes for assembly that singled out Black students. "Black students were separated from their peers and lectured about low standardized test scores. Students were 10- and 11-year-olds, and some of the students had passed the tests."

• News Service of Florida: The chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics steps down for ethical reasons. "Glen Gilzean stepped down Tuesday as chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics, while maintaining his $400,000-a-year job as administrator of a revamped special district that includes Walt Disney World properties."

• WUSF-Tampa: A plan to consolidate the number of Florida circuit courts is getting pushback. "The speaker of the Florida House, Republican Paul Renner of Palm Coast, has asked the state Supreme Court to reduce the number of courts, as a way to make the system more efficient and cut costs."

• Associated Press: How Ron DeSantis used Florida schools to become a culture warrior. "DeSantis was not always a culture warrior. Experts who follow DeSantis’ policies say after he was elected to his first term in 2018, by a slim margin, there was no sign education policy or courting controversy would become his hallmarks."

• WUSF-Tampa: Florida researchers are exploring how climate change makes health disparities worse along the Gulf. "They're looking at Florida, Louisiana, and Texas for evidence of how extreme heat, air pollution and tropical cyclones or hurricanes are adversely impacting health."

• WFTS-Tampa Bay: Florida Office of Insurance Regulation approves 2 new property insurance companies. "Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation said the property insurance market is seeing signs of positive growth with the announcement of two new insurance companies entering the Florida market, bringing the total to four new companies this year."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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