House Bill 1557, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, seeks to define rights of parents, ensuring that they have the loudest voice in the public school arena when it comes to content being fed their children in classrooms and school administered well-being screening questionnaires.
The bill expresses the state’s desire to guarantee that parents, not school districts, have the right to determine how their children are introduced to sex education as well as making decisions on their mental, emotional and physical health.
Expressly giving guidelines to eliminate parents being shut out of of the school narrative in ALL grades, it also prohibits formal discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
In the seven-page document, boundaries are unmistakably set for school boards and right of action is spelled out for parents who find a school district in violation of Florida law. This bill gives stronger teeth to last year’s Parental Rights in Education bill and further lays out a cure for parents who find themselves stonewalled in their child’s education process.
When you read the bill, starting on line 67, you’ll notice the way it treats parental notification, stating that there’s a law prohibiting schools from secrecy and requiring notification if there’s a change in service based on mental, emotional or physical well-being. There have been instances in Florida where schools have adopted protocols prohibiting staff from telling parents about gender decisions brought on by classroom discussions and sexual material taught.
Schools also have taxpayer-funded gender-transitioning support plans and institute them without parental notification, perhaps to purposely drive a wedge between the child and his or her parents.
One such Florida parent, January Littlejohn, was unaware of her young daughter’s meeting with school personnel for the purpose of facilitating the child’s decision to socially transition, encouraging her in her pronoun usage, alternative name, and creating a checklist tailored for her — at the age of 13!
Taxpayer-funded counselors in her school even asked if she wanted to still be addressed as female in front of her parents who had been cut out of the private meeting. When Mrs. Littlejohn found out from her daughter what had taken place at school, she tried to have a discussion with the school, but was rebuffed.
Protocol would be broken if they spoke with the parent about the underage child’s sexual preference, which the school was heavily involved in facilitating at that point. School staff MUST now, by law, encourage the student to discuss issues relating to his or her well-being to the point of even facilitating the discussion with parents.
It’s easy to understand the need for laws protecting children from school systems that have abandoned the three R’s to develop their broader agenda.
Most parents hold to the Biblical view that there are two genders, male and female. The concept of multiple genders, which less than 3% of the population adheres to, is being thrust on our children as factual and has created a well-deserved firestorm, bringing about the need for legislation demanding guidelines for parents dealing with the fallout from such unscientific instruction.
One of the authors of the bill, Rep. Joe Harding, states that the bill is designed to reign in radical school boards. If you think your school board isn’t radical, do your homework! Read the bill, then do a search for Schools Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students.
Schools and their counselors are neck deep in the social and emotional lives of their students and need to stand down. Get back to basics!
If school systems were to operate solely for the purpose of equipping students with a classical education, there would be little need for bills like HB 1557. Lines would be clearly drawn between what the schools may and may not teach. Emphasis would be on educating, not indoctrinating, students.
Until that happens, there will be the need for laws like this which protect parents’ rights over the rights of school systems, which have slowly become too big for their britches, abandoned their boundaries and think they know better than parents how to nurture children.
If school systems aren’t willing to adhere to laws protecting the rights of parents to have the last say in their kids’ education, it’s time to consider alternative educational resources. There are many out there!
Scholarships to private schools, classical charter schools, and many types of homeschooling can be tailored to fit the needs of each family. Scholarships are even available through the Hope Scholarship when a child is bullied.
Do your research. Stand up for this generation. If we don’t, who will?
June Lamson is a retired teacher, avid photographer, artist and writer from Port St. Lucie.