The White House condemned the Florida Parental Rights Bill as soon as it went into effect Friday, calling the measure “discriminatory” and reprehensibly targeting “LGBTQI +” individuals to gain “political credentials” as part of the “harassing and dangerous” trend of Republican politicians across the country.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis signed a bill into law in March that would ban teachers from instructing in kindergarten on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” until the third grade.
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White House Press Secretary Carin Jean-Pierre condemned the measure as soon as it went into effect Friday, saying some of Florida’s “most vulnerable students and families are more fearful and less free.”
“As soon as the state’s embarrassing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law comes into force, state officials claiming champion independence are limiting the freedom of their fellow Americans.” “Already, there have been reports of ‘Safe Space’ stickers being removed from classrooms. Teachers are being instructed not to wear rainbow clothes. LGBTQI + teachers are being asked to take family photos of their spouses – like family photos on my own desk.”
Jean-Pierre said it was “not an issue of parental rights.”
“It’s discriminating, plain and simple,” she said. “This is part of a troubling and dangerous nationwide trend of right-wing politicians targeting LGBTQI + students, teachers and individuals for political gain.”
Jean-Pierre said the measure “promotes bullying and endangers students’ mental health, physical safety and well-being.”
“It censors dedicated teachers and educators who want to do the right thing and support their students,” she said. “And it must stop.”
Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden “has made it very clear that every student deserves to be safe and welcome in the classroom.”
She announced that the Department of Education plans to monitor the law and said that “any student or parent who feels they are being discriminated against is encouraged to file a complaint with the Department of Civil Rights.”
“Our administration will continue to fight for honor and opportunity for every student and family in Florida and across the country,” she said.
The initial bill was dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by Democrats who falsely claimed to ban any discussion related to homosexuality in state schools.
The law prohibits classroom notifications, including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” for children in third grade or younger, “or in a manner that is age-appropriate or developmentally unsuitable for students by state standards.”
The law does not prohibit the word “gay” in school settings and does not prohibit occasional discussion of topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom, and schools do not need to notify parents if their child turns out to be gay or lesbian. Transgender
The school is also not required to notify parents of information about a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health “if a reasonable person believes that the disclosure will lead to abuse, abandonment, or neglect.”
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The law requires school districts to adopt procedures that “strengthen parents’ fundamental right to make decisions about their children’s upbringing and control” and prohibit classroom suggestions without informal discussion on “sexual orientation” and “gender”. Introduction to children in third grade or younger, “or in a way that is not appropriate for students by age or development according to state standards.”
The law requires school districts to notify student parents if there are changes in student services or in monitoring of the student’s mental, emotional or physical health or the school’s ability to provide health-related and safe and promising education. The environment for the student, “and prevents schools from” encouraging the student to stop “such information from parents.
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By law, school districts must notify parents of every health care service offered to their student’s school and, with the option of withholding consent or denying any specific service, parents must enter their child’s educational or health records, and kindergarten students The school must obtain parental permission prior to the inspection.
The law requires schools to respond to parental concerns within seven days of being notified, and the school must resolve those issues within 30 days. If the problem is not resolved, parents can sue the school district or request the state education commissioner to appoint a special magistrate to settle the matter, for which the school district must pay.