Florida Parental Rights in Education Bill. "Don't Say Gay"

Updated: May 8

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Florida Parental Rights in Education Bill.

One has to ask why this bill is so controversial to begin with. I have to ask when this country decided that parents were no longer parents. If you look at the mainstream media over the course of the last couple months. You would think that this is an attack on everything LGBTQ and the worst thing to happen since voting rights, the civil rights movement and January 6th.

But what does the bill actually do and what does in entail?

First of all, the bill titled “Florida Parental Rights in Education Bill” HB 1557 filed on January 11th, 2022, is only 7 pages long.

7 Pages. Who can't take the time to read 7 pages? Well, it seems as if no one wants to take the time to read these bills themselves and like taking their talking points from mainstream media and advocacy groups. It takes less than an hour to read 7 pages.

Before I go into the nefarious reporting regarding the bill. I will first cover the contents of it in depth. What is 7 pages? Right?


Sections 1-57 are a summary of what the bill entails.

  • (2-9) Requires school boards to adopt procedures that comport with provisions of the law for notifying a student's parents of specified information.

  • (9-11) Prohibits schools from preventing parents access to certain records regarding their child.

  • (11-14) Prohibits school districts from adopting procedures that prevent school district personnel from notifying a parent about specified information.

  • (14-16) Prohibits school officials from encouraging children to withhold information from a parent.

  • (17-21) Prohibits school personnel from discouraging or prohibiting notification and involvement in critical decisions. Regarding a child's overall well-being.

  • (21-23) Prohibits classroom discussion regarding sexual orientation and gender identity

  • (24-26) Requires training developed or provided by a school to adhere to standards outlined by the Department of Education.

  • (26-29) Requires school districts to notify parents of healthcare services and provide parents the opportunity to consent or decline such services.

  • (31-34) Requires school districts to provide parents with a questionnaire or health screening forms and obtain parental consent before administering such questionnaires or forms to a child.

  • (44-49) Requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules that provide requirements to adopt rules authorizing a parent to bring action against a school district that fails to follow the law.

  • (50-52) Requires the State Board of Education to provide additional award of injunction relief.

  • (52-57) Requires school districts to adopt policies to notify parents of certain rights. It also requires the department to review, and update specified materials by a certain date.

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I am inclined to ask which part of this bill restricts parents from getting the care that they desire for their children based on the summary alone. All this bill does is give the parents the right to decline services. Or accept those services while being properly notified. And keeps educators from performing said services without the parents' consent.

Whose kids are these? The last time I checked they did not belong to the State or Federal government. And who do these people think they are? These are our children. They do not belong to the State.

You have the option to opt out of these procedures or allow them. Consent. It leaves the choice up to the parent. Not social advocates who are paid to answer TO the parents. They work for us. Not the other way around. So, explain to me where this bill prevents anything besides school officials making decisions for YOUR children on their own without your consent or keeping you informed.

Section 66 (8)(c)1.

Must be in accordance with the rights of Parents as enumerated in the following Florida Legislation.

SS. 1002.20


K-12 student and parent rights. —Parents of public-school students must receive accurate and timely information regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12 students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory rights including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Education

  • Attendance

  • Health Issues

  • Discipline

  • Safety

  • Educational Choice

  • Non-Discrimination

  • Student Records

  • Student Progress Reports

  • Extracurricular Activities

  • Instructional Materials

  • Parental Input and Meetings

  • Transportation

SS 1014.04 https://flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2021/1014.04?msclkid=8d103c64ac6611ecabecf2e86188cee1

Parental rights. — (1) All parental rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child in this state without obstruction or interference from the state, any of its political subdivisions, any other governmental entity, or any other institution, including, but not limited to, all of the following rights of a parent of a minor child in this state:

  • Direct education/care of minor child

  • Direct upbringing of minor child

  • Enroll minor child in public school

  • Right to access records of minor child

  • Right to make healthcare decisions of minor child

  • Right to consent to biometric scan of minor child

  • Right to consent to obtaining and storing DNA on minor child

  • Right to consent to video recording minor child

The summary is perfect in regard to what the bill text states. Even if you do not want to read all 7 pages. But I will go over a few of the references and note the most important parts.

  • (68-73) Schools must notify a parent of any change in the child's mental, emotional or physical health.

  • (75-78) Requires school district personnel to encourage students to discuss issues relating to their well-being with parents. Or to facilitate that discussion with parents.

  • (78-81) Procedures may not prohibit parents from accessing any of their child's education and health records.

  • (82-88) School districts may not adopt procedures that prohibit school personnel from notifying parent about their child's mental, physical or emotional well-being. Nor encourage a child to withhold said information from their parents.

I want to touch on this one for a brief second. Because I believe that they will attempt to use this portion of the bill to prevent information getting to parents due to abuse or neglect concerns. They will abuse this clause.

  • (91-96) Does not prohibit a school district from adopting procedures that permit school personnel to withhold information from a parent if they believe that the disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment or neglect. As defined in S 39.01

Continuing through the bill.

  • (97-101) Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Or in a manner that is not age appropriate in accordance with State standards.

  • (102-105) Student support services must adhere to guidelines established by the Department of Education.

  • (106-109) At the beginning of the school year each school district shall notify parents of healthcare services offered at the child's school. And provide the option to withhold consent or decline any specific service.

This does not eliminate those programs. It gives the parents the opportunity to either consent to or decline those programs for their child. So, what is the issue? If you want to raise your kid, you can do so accordingly

Stop trying to force your beliefs on other people’s children.

  • (114-118) Must obtain permission from parent before administering a well-being questionnaire to their child in the grades of K-3

Explain to me what is wrong with this bill when it gives the parents the right an opportunity to accept or decline services in regard to THEIR children.

If you want your children to have access to these programs. No one is taking those programs away from you. And it is quite frankly none of your business what a parent does with their child. Worry about your own children.

So, what is the problem? I will show you!

Kowing what we already know about the bill. You also have to look at the counter argument that the opposition to this bill is making. And it is a bold one. But also, gaslighting and strawman arguments. Propaganda.

ABC NEWS “Activists Slam ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills progress in Florida Legislature.” https://abcnews.go.com/US/activists-slam-dont-gay-bills-progress-florida-legislature/story?id=83349499 According to the Article, Jack Petocz, a student activist in Florida states the following.

  • "Queer people aren't inherently not age-appropriate," Petocz told ABC News Live on Wednesday. "Our existence fosters a more inclusive environment."

Your existence is not being threatened. Your parents have every tool at their disposal to ensure you get the care you seek. At their discretion. You are indeed a child. And that conversation is up to you and YOUR parents. Not you and the parents of other children. Know your place.

The article then goes on to state.

  • "I call on Gov. DeSantis to have a meeting with me before he signs this into law to hear a firsthand account of how this bill will affect my community," Petocz said.

This bill has absolutely no effect on your community. Nor the community of anyone else. Stop telling other parents what to do with their children.

Sarah Kate Ellis, The CEO of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had this to say.

  • “Why are we even discussing this?” Ellis asked. "What this does at the end of the day is politicize LGBTQ people who just want to go to school, learn how to read and write, and every now and then want to see their families represented as well."

So go to school and learn how to read and write. This bill does absolutely nothing to stop that. It prevents school officials from making decisions on children without the consent and notification of that child's par