DeSantis Signs Bill to Protect Parental Rights in Schools
Governor DeSantis yet again stood up for conservative and biblical values, ensuring that Florida parents will have a fundamental role in the education of their children.
From The Epoch Times. Gov. Ron DeSantis told a room full of people waving “Year of the Parent” signs in Daytona Beach that Florida is “doing education, not indoctrination” as he signed the Curriculum Transparency (HB 1467) bill into law on March 25. The law provides for transparency of instructional materials for school districts, sets term limits for school board members, and protects the rights of parents….
“We believe parents not only have a role, but (they also) have a fundamental role to be involved in the education of their kids,” DeSantis said at the March 25 press conference. “That’s how it’s going to be in the state of Florida….”
One part of the bill requires school districts to have open meetings when selecting instructional materials, and for a notice of the meeting to be made public. Twenty days prior to the school board taking any official action on instructional materials, it must provide public access. The Florida Department of Education is required to publish a list of objectionable materials that have been removed or discontinued by school boards, and send the lists out to all 41 of the school districts for consideration.
In addition, school district library media center materials and grade-level reading lists must be reviewed by a media specialist who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate. DOE will have to develop an online training program for librarians and media specialists, and the superintendent of each district must certify to the DOE commissioner that school librarians and media specialists have attended training sessions.
Democratic Florida House members had problems with the bill during a debate at the legislative session, where it was strongly opposed by Rep. Anna Eskamani and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith….
Both worried that “national pressure groups could use the bill as a way to erase “the very identities and existences of groups traditionally underrepresented.”
“Book banning does not happen in free states or free societies,” Smith warned.
Another part of the bill deals with school board term limits. The Florida House had originally sought an eight-year limit but settled for 12. The Senate changed the term limit to 12 years, sent it back to the House, where it was approved and sent along to the governor’s desk.
The governor also favored an eight-year term limit, but said it was a “step in the right direction” and “long overdue” because he doesn’t want to see school boards end up in “little swamps.” DeSantis went on to say he would like to see term limits applied to all levels of government, especially Congress….
How do you feel about Florida’s new law? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments.
(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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