The Florida Bill


Alaya Henderson , Olytimes writer

That bill, titled Parental Rights in Education, states that lessons about sexual orientation are banned outright in kindergarten through third grade. It also prohibits lessons in other grades unless they are “age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate.”

The measure, which would give parents the right to sue school districts, awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature. It is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

The bill’s supporters say it strengthens parental rights by preventing teachers and school staffers from withholding information about gender issues from parents. (An earlier version of the bill went even further, requiring principals to tell parents if a student came out as other than straight. That provision was pulled last month.)

Opposition to the bill has been fierce. Democrats and LGBTQIA supporters, who have derisively dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, say the law would stigmatize marginalized students and lead to bullying and attacks.