On Monday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill into law, despite fierce opposition from Democrats and their media supporters attacking him for backing the measure. In kindergarten through third grade, the bill prevents teachers from teaching about “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in the classroom.
At a news conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida, DeSantis remarked, “We not only realize that parents have a right to be involved, we urge that parents have a right to be involved.” Actors repeated the word “gay” as the audience cheered at the Oscars on Sunday night, mocking the bill.
“If the folks who put up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and heroes and as all that, if those are the sorts of people who are fighting us on parents’ rights, I wear it like a badge of honor,” DeSantis said of his opponents in Hollywood. “They won’t confess that they support a lot of the things that we’re trying to protect them against,” he added.
“They favor sexualizing children in kindergarten, for example.” They believe that awakened gender ideology should be introduced into second-grade schools. So what they’re doing with these slogans and storylines is attempting to conceal their genuine goals.”
DeSantis signed a law last week that would restrict school board members to four years on the job and subject most content in district libraries and classrooms to government supervision and approval.
DeSantis remarked about CB/HB 1467, “perhaps the strongest curriculum transparency legislation in the world,” during a news conference in Daytona Beach, as opposition to “indoctrination in the school system.” According to the bill, anybody participating in the selection of library resources for a K-12 district school must first complete a training program developed by the Florida Department of Education.
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According to DeSantis, the bill will allow parents to “protect their children’s education” by ensuring that instructional, library, and reading list materials meet state requirements. “I’m a huge proponent of term limits, but you don’t have to wait for them to kick in.”
“If they abused your children, didn’t obey the law, or did anything else, you have an option to vote them out in the election. Many of them will be up for reelection. “I believe that school board races often go unnoticed,” DeSantis remarked.
“But I believe what we’ve discovered is that they are some of the most significant elections that we’re allowed to vote on, and I think you’ll see a lot of voter enthusiasm in these August and November school board elections in the various counties,” he said. “Then there was the governor’s election in Virginia, where the losing candidate declared that parents should not be engaged in what is taught in the school system.”
“As a result, there is a national debate about parents’ roles in their children’s education.” And I think that in Florida, we believe that parents not only have a role, but a fundamental one in their children’s education, as seen by our Parents’ Bill of Rights, the bill we’ll sign here today, and other bills we’ll sign later. “And that’ll be how it’ll be in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.
According to a survey done by Politico and Morning Consult, more than half of respondents backed a clause in Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law that “banning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.”
Yet even with polling organizations’ use of such a phrase “the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill” in their survey questions, just 35% of Americans said that they would be opposed to that of the legislation.
This same bill was drafted in response to allegations that teachers have been secretly “transitioning” young children by giving them new names and pronouns without their parents’ knowledge, an issue that prompted a public-interest law firm to bring a massive lawsuit in December.
According to reports, a 12-year-old girl in the state attempted suicide after her school began referring to her as a guy and using male pronouns for her without her parents’ permission or knowledge. The “Year of the Parent” has been declared for 2022 in Florida, which has been dubbed “The Education State” by politicians.
Other legislation has been introduced in the state to improve the rights of parents in their children’s education. According to a news release, DeSantis signed HB 1467 into law on Friday, which “requires school districts to be transparent in the selection of instructional resources, including library and reading materials.”