ISSUE: After trying for 10 years, Republicans in the Florida Legislature are likely to succeed in passing a public school censorship bill in the current session.
Misleadingly called the “Parental Rights Bill,” this law would give parents the right to opt out of state education guidance on a variety of topics, including sex education and other similarly charged matters and other classroom materials with which they disagree, such as climate change or the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping.
Supporters say the bill clarifies what is already in the law, but opponents, including the Florida League of Women Voters, worry it may open the door to discriminate against LGBTQIA and minority students.
The bill also has negative ramifications for access by minors to physical and mental health counseling and treatment.
The House has already passed the bill along party lines and Senate Bill 582 is headed for a Senate vote.
SCRIPT: My name is xxx and my zip code is xxx. I am a proud member of Palm Beach Indivisibles. I strongly oppose Senate Bill 582. Individual parents should not be able to censor public school curriculum. I demand that you provide a uniform, efficient, high quality, and safe education for all public school students. Senate Bill 582 will have the opposite result. Also, public school students may have good reason not to share certain personal and confidential information with their parents. The State of Florida should not enact legislation to force them to do so.
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