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Florida: House Passes Bill to Protect "Parents' Rights" vs. School System

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The Florida bill  protects 'parents' rights' against decisions by any type of school system (public, private, & home schooling), vouchsafing rights to spike objectionable instructional material “based on beliefs regarding morality, sex, and religion or the belief that such materials are harmful.”  It permits opt-outs for students on issues ranging from sex education to vaccination.  Ravitch asks:  'Do parents have the right to censor the curriculum to protect their child  If parents object to their child learning about certain episodes in history (i.e the Holocaust. slavery or genocide), may their child be excused from those classes. If parents don’t want their child to be taught by a teacher whose religion is different from their parents, can they switch teachers? Some Democrats thought that the emphasis should be on children’s rights.'


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How sad, legislation focusing on 'agrievement' rather than 'achievement'. Florida already fails its children with its public school systems. How sad for the rights of children.

Submitted on Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 at 2:28:02 PM

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Now here is a refreshing story from Florida.

Republican State Senator Tom Lee says he is fed up with the legislature's micromanagement of education policy. Moreover, he actually noticed that the Legislature spends most of its time on 20% of the state's students while ignoring the other 80% who attend public schools.

"As I talk to members, I don't think there's anyone quite where I am yet, but I'm fed up," said the former Senate President. "With a Legislature that spends 80% of its time focusing on 20% of the students, we might as well name our education committee the committee on charter schools and vouchers. And if we get into this budget, I got plenty to say about our education budget as well."

Lee complains there's not a lot of flexible spending money for school districts, especially because of HB 5007, which the Legislature passed earlier this year. It changes how much state employees must contribute to the pension system. And it could end up costing school districts nearly $233 million statewide.

"I just think that until we get our foot off the neck of local school districts," he said. "Let these school boards' constitutionally elected officers manage the school districts. Get rid of some of these categoricals and stop micromanaging."

Lee says that he's just not interested in micromanaging and implementing punitive measures to create unequal competition between choice, charter and public schools. He says sometimes he feels like Republicans have run out of good ideas.

"Until you get a chance to go 'mano a mano' with people on this floor and tell the truth and play a little game of show and tell here about what's really going on, you're not going to move public policy in this state because the fix is in."

Submitted on Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 at 3:09:54 PM

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