Florida Parents Take Back the Classroom

Parents have the right to control their child’s education and upbringing. This is the first line of Florida’s Parents Bill of Rights. It was signed into law on June 20, 2021. Similar bills have also been introduced at the state, federal, and Kentucky levels.

According to “Our children don’t belong to the government,” Patti Sullivan is the state coordinator for Parental Rights Florida and has been pushing for this type of legislation since 2013.

“We do not co-parent The government. They seem to feel entitled. Our children. They’re not,” says Sullivan.

States banning the teaching of critical racism theory (CRT) have become a popular way to reduce the power that administrators and teachers have over what is taught in schools. These have been particularly popular among voters.

After he opposed CRT in schools and campaigned for it in Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Terry McAuliffe to win the Virginia governor’s election. He then banned the use of the technology in classrooms by an executive order on his first day as a government official. Four states have already banned CRT. Several more are currently considering similar bills.

But, CRT bans opponents and smaller bills to require schools to put their curricula online are saying that “curriculum Transparency Bills” (as the American Civil Liberties Union stated recently) are just thinly disguised efforts to stop teachers and students discussing race or gender in schools. tweeted.

The authors of a recently published study have found that parents do not have the right to “direct” their kids’ education curriculum. Washington Post op-ed argued. Parents should not be forced to send their children away from home if that is what they desire, the op-ed states.

Why should only families with the means to afford private schools have an say over how their children learn?

She says she is skeptical about the government making decisions on what schools should offer. Corey DeAngelis is the national director for research for American Federation for Children. He also serves as a senior fellow with Reason Foundation, which publishes this site. DeAngelis believes that parents of public schools should have the freedom to select the best academic environment for their children. It is possible to say “It’s okay!”fund students, not systems“This allows families to choose how they want their education dollars spent, rather than the traditional one-size fits all approach of public schools.

“[CRT] bills are just a form of whack-a-mole, where your CRT battles of today were the common core battles of yesterday, and it’ll be something else going forward because the reality is parents disagree about what kind of education they want their kids to have…DeAngelis says that the best solution to this problem is bottom-up accountability, allowing people to vote from their homes.”

The pandemic provided parents with direct access to what their children were being taught and why this is such a pressing issue.

Tina Descovich (a former member of the Brevard County school board and cofounder of Moms for Liberty) said that parents are now awake because they’ve seen the curriculum.The students now have a better understanding of school district policies than they did before. They understand how the system works, what authority they have, and who is responsible for it. It’s vital and something we’ve been missing for some time.

Contrary to CRT bans the Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights affirms that parents can know exactly what schools are offering their children.

Its impact on mental and physical health is the controversial aspect of the bill. The bill states that medical services not consented to by parents can lead to misdemeanor charges.

Sullivan states that some parents are concerned about schools counseling their children on sexuality and gender identity. After staff members held an informal meeting to talk about accommodating the 13-year old’s transition to nonbinary gender identity, parents sued. In a separate file, they also stated that their student had “privacy” [staff are]Talking to Parents” is something that must be taken into consideration.

“School districts don’t have medical facilities. It’s not an easy issue. It shouldn’t be a reason for parents to not be informed. Find out what is happening with them All children are equal in all ways, shapes, and sizes Sullivan:

This is an extremely complex issue. It is a complicated issue. Where does the parental rights end? And where do teenagers’ privacy rights begin for teens who wish to talk with a counselor or teacher about their feelings? The topic was hotly debated in the Florida Legislature as lawmakers echoed concerns from LGBT constituents. They worry that staff will be forced to reveal the sexuality and identity of students to parents under the Parents’ Bill.

It is unclear if the law actually requires it. The LGBT group Equality Florida says that the bill “does not change existing law regarding disclosure of a student’s sexual orientation or gender identification,” but Sullivan insists that it does.

It is the law That they should Sullivan states that you should give all the information to your parent.” “I believe it’s very beneficial,” says Sullivan. Important to remember the truth This is what these parents do: They trust their kids to them [government] Entities, but they’re not qualified These decisions can be made easily or you are equipped for them [regarding sexuality and gender].”

DeAngelis maintains the best way to resolve conflicts of values is through greater school choice.

DeAngelis says that “we force families into one-size fits all, government-run schools system and these bills attempt to prohibit or promote certain types of policies within that one-size suits-all system.” The only way forward is freedom and not force. Let the money follow your child wherever they choose to go to receive an education that best aligns with their values.

School closures due to pandemic have strengthened the school choice movement. In 2021, 22 states will expand, improve, or implement new school choice programmes.

Florida already leads the way in offering parents school options, however DeAngelis suggests that it offer universal vouchers, education savings accounts and school-choice programs. This will allow both parents and students to make their own choices and would be a huge step forward.

It is a better way for parents to exercise their parental rights directly than by allowing money to be sent to the child’s school. FParent’s are truly empowered by allowing students to speak directly about their kids education. This is how you can best assert your rights,” says DeAngelis.

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