The bill prohibits sexual orientation or gender identity lessons in certain grades.
Florida Gov. Ron Descentis has signed the Parental Rights Bill, known to critics as the “Don’t Say Homosexual” bill.
The bill prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity through third grade in kindergarten and states that any instruction on these subjects “cannot occur in a way that is not age-appropriate for students or appropriate for development according to state standards.” Act, HB 1557.
“We will make sure that parents can send their children to school for education, not for education,” Desantis said before signing the bill on Monday.
The law requires the Florida Department of Education to update its standards as needed.
Under the bill, parents can deny any mental, emotional and physical health services available to their children at school, and schools must notify parents about their child’s use of school health services unless there is reason to believe that “it will be a matter of disclosure. Abandon or neglect. “
Parents can sue their school district if they believe there has been a violation of these requirements or restrictions.
The bill is expected to take effect on July 1.
“I think the last few years have really revealed to parents that our country is increasingly neglecting the education of their children. There are clearly inappropriate pornographic materials for children, “Dissentis claimed at the time of signing.
The bill has sparked controversy and controversy across the country.
Critics say the ban is aimed at removing LGBTQ content and discussion from the classroom.
They say it would harm LGBTQ youth by avoiding representation and inclusion in the classroom, putting the group’s mental health and safety at risk.
“Let us be clear: if its vague language is interpreted in a way that harms a single child, teacher or family, we will take legal action against the state of Florida for challenging this bigotry law,” local LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida said in a statement.
They further said that removing the presence of LGBTQ community from the lessons means that students should be ashamed or their gender identity or sexual orientation should be suppressed.
The legislators argued against the bill, saying students were aware of gender identity and sexual orientation at an early age, and said schools should be allowed space to discuss these issues.
The Biden administration has condemned the law and met with LGBTQ youth and their families in the state.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement that “laws across the country, including Florida, are aimed at harassing some of our most vulnerable students and families and creating divisions in our schools.”
He added: “My message to you is that this administration will not stand for any kind of intimidation or discrimination, and we will use our authority to provide protection, support and opportunities for LGBTQI + students and all students.”
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
“What we’re resisting is a school district deciding they’ll create a curriculum for themselves,” Republican Joe Harding, the bill’s sponsor, told ABC News in a podcast. “Get started here.”
He added, “Family is family. Let families be families. The school district does not have to involve itself when children have to read and learn basic math.”
“This bill is not intended to hurt students,” Florida State Sen. Kelly Sturgel added to the debate over the law. “This bill is not intended to exclude gay children. This bill is intended to empower families.”
A recent ABC News / Ipsos poll found that more than six out of 10 Americans oppose a law that would ban classroom lessons on sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary school.