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DeSantis Signs Parental Rights in Education Bill, Slams Hypocritical Hollywood

DeSantis Signs Parental Rights in Education Bill, Slams Hypocritical Hollywood

“If the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and as heroes and as all that, if those are the types of people that are opposing us on parents’ rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the supposed “controversial” Parental Rights in Education bill.

The bill proved the left will say and do anything to smear DeSantis because they call it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill…except gay never appears in the bill.

House Bill 1577 is simple: It keeps parents in the loop about everything involving their children, especially when it comes to a child’s health and well-being:

(c)1. In accordance with the rights of parents enumerated in ss. 1002.20 and 1014.04, adopt procedures for notifying a student’s parent if there is a change in the student’s services or monitoring related to the student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being and the school’s ability to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the student. The procedures must reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children by requiring school district personnel to encourage a student to discuss issues relating to his or her well-being with his or her parent or to facilitate discussion of the issue with the parent. The procedures may not prohibit parents from accessing any of their student’s education and health records created, maintained, or used by the school district, as required by s. 1002.22(2).

2. A school district may not adopt procedures or student support forms that prohibit school district personnel from notifying a parent about his or her student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being, or a change in related services or monitoring, or that encourage or have the effect of encouraging a student to withhold from a parent such information. School district personnel may not discourage or prohibit parental notification of and involvement in critical decisions affecting a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being. This subparagraph does not prohibit a school district from adopting procedures that permit school personnel to withhold such information from a parent if a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in abuse, abandonment, or neglect, as those terms are defined in s. 39.01.

But the left and Hollywood singled out one provision:

3. Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age100 appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.

Somehow this means “Don’t Say Gay.” There is nothing vague about it. No talk about any sexual orientation to young children. It does not prohibit discussion.

It prohibits instructions. DeSantis went off on the critics, especially Hollywood:

“If the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and as heroes and as all that, if those are the types of people that are opposing us on parents’ rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.”

“They don’t want to admit that they support a lot of the things that we’re providing protections against,” he said.

“For example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second grade classrooms. … And so what they’re doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions.”

He also said: “I don’t care what corporate media outlets say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big corporations say. Here I stand. I’m not backing down.”


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What penalty do school officials and teachers face when (not if) they ignore the law?

    taurus the judge in reply to irv. | March 28, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Depends on the law and how its written and if the law specifies penalties.

    Some laws are written so where even when there is a violation, there is no set punishment and often cannot even identify who constitutes the injured party. ( saw that lot in the election suits known as standing)

    There’s more to it than just having a “law” because violating one of those laws carries no liability thus no actual deterrent.

    Paul in reply to irv. | March 28, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    A broken face?

      taurus the judge in reply to Paul. | March 28, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      sadly, that works against us 2 fold.

      It allows them to play the victim card and paints us as “Mur-kans” as viewed from on high as the elite.

      Lawfare is a game we better learn to play and play to win.

      Peabody in reply to Paul. | March 28, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      A broken face or just slap ’em around a little bit like they do at the Oscars?

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | March 28, 2022 at 8:01 pm

        That all depends on whether or not the school officials are looking for good ratings on television.

    Danny in reply to irv. | March 28, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    For a real answer here is the text of the law

    TLDR version-there are very serious financial penalties for schools that refuse to comply and major loss of autonomy. It relies on a parent complaint not being resolved. When you remember what a school budget looks like it is highly unlikely that principles across Florida will be refusing to enforce this law (especially considering how disgusting grooming 1st graders is).

      healthguyfsu in reply to Danny. | March 28, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      I’ll settle for a fireable offense if the issue is not systemic.

        Fortunately for you a principal who is finding his school will suffer financial penalties and find it is going to lose autonomy is a man (or woman) who knows how to get around tenure.

        Tenure has limits and if keeping a teacher employed makes a school cease being in compliance with state law those limits have definitely been reached. Just by putting teeth into the bill the state legislature made it a fireable offense.

      taurus the judge in reply to Danny. | March 29, 2022 at 7:10 am

      Actually, that’s the wrong answer relative to Irv’s question but Politico trolls who post links but are devoid of the subject matter knowledge and don’t even read them never take things like that into account because their goal is not to discuss or assist but spread left propaganda.

      First Danny boy, Irv asked for an INDIVIDUAL penalty ( go back and read those words very s-l-o-w-l-y), not an organizational one and the law makes no provision for that.

        You are an idiot as well as an asshole. IRV asked “What penalty do school officials and teachers face when (not if) they ignore the law?” a question I unlike you actually answered.

        You are an idiot if you think teachers and administrators who cause the school to lose funding and autonomy aren’t fired. Teachers are routinely fired for much less.

        The law does penalize schools which very directly penalizes teachers and administrators (schools can’t print money to pay for teacher bonuses or avoid pay cuts for example).

        You need a basic course on how money works if you don’t think removing an employers money doesn’t impact employees.

        So yes unlike you (an asshole who provides insults instead of answers) I gave a real answer.

          taurus the judge in reply to Danny. | March 30, 2022 at 7:17 am

          As always, my favorite Politico leftist troll is wrong on every count as he spews his talking points so once again I will correct everything and expose the truth to your motives and agenda.

          Remember Danny, I control you now.

          First, your entire comment stream is non sequitur with a touch of ad hom. Your answer is as relevant as: ( The typical troll trick- you did “answer” but the answer was meaningless but you try to make it a straw man)

          Like the following non answer:

          What time is it?—–Green ( your comments have no bearing on any salient point which is the typical “bull in the china shop” at of the left troll. All flash but no bang)

          Lets prove it.

          You like links ( since you are devoid of actual knowledge) so lets have a link to this false point showing “teachers” and “administrators” being fired solely for causing a system to lose funding. Just one will do.

          Made up non facts don’t cut it under scrutiny or didn’t your handlers make that clear to you?


          What law penalizes schools and what school has ever been penalized? ( just one will do)

          Actually, it is you who need a “basic course” in just about everything and this post is just more proof.

          Politico needs to train you more.

    Arminius in reply to irv. | March 29, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Republicans are complicit. How do you write so-called laws with no penalties?

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | March 29, 2022 at 7:43 am

      It’s a protection racket.

      Danny in reply to Arminius. | March 29, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Financial penalties are penalties, as is loss of autonomy both of which are outlined in the bill. Don’t believe me read it yourself I already linked it.

      Motivating the principal to fire the teacher doing it is not “complicit”.…

If only we had 49 more like him!

    henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | March 28, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I’m so old, I remember when America was full of such men.
    Or at least claimed to be — nowadays, we don’t even keep up the pretense.
    Unfortunately, many of the men most remembered for having firm principles (the first one who comes to mind is George Wallace) were beaten over the head with them by those with “fluid” principles. Or they died (like Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller) and left their political and financial machines in the hands of way woker progeny who dishonor their names.
    Power just does not accrue to the principled. It accrues to those who tell you anything you want to hear, then do anything they want to do.
    And this is why throughout human history, all governments have invariably sucked.

The only fault I see is that the law did not go far enough.
The degenerates can still start their grooming when the kids are in 4th grade.

    daniel_ream in reply to Exiliado. | March 28, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    I did find that odd. We didn’t get “health class” until 7th grade/ age 12.

      henrybowman in reply to daniel_ream. | March 28, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      If they wait until the boys and girls are hot for each other, they lose.
      One step at a time.

      Dathurtz in reply to daniel_ream. | March 28, 2022 at 6:16 pm

      It is a sad sign of our degenerate society, but a LOT of kids are sexually active at that age and are also porn-addicted.

      That isn’t to say it is the school’s job, just to say something about the age.

Disney thought because they’re so big in Florida they could dictate.

They were wrong.

    divemedic in reply to McGehee. | March 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Pretty much every time the police in central Florida announce making arrests in a child porn or molestation sting, multiple Disney employees are among those arrested.
    Anyone who opposes this law has an agenda of grooming kids to be victims of sexual deviancy.

Disney has released a statement:

“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the statement reads. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

Disney’s goal is no longer to entertain children. No. It is to see to it that the school system in Florida has more authority than children’s parents. That’s Disney Corporation’s goal “as a company.” Full stop.

“In what will be remembered as one of the greatest betrayals in the world of entertainment, the Walt Disney Co. has not only come out against Florida’s ‘don’t-groom-little-kids’ bill, Disney is agreeing to use its brand and platforms to take up the slack with its own grooming.” – John Nolte

    Danny in reply to JohnC. | March 29, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Hmmm perhaps some more state regulations of private industry grooming children could put them in their place? We have a lot of state legislatures.

    taurus the judge in reply to JohnC. | March 30, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Here is a much more sinister thought that really needs a deep dive.

    Disney is a company like all the other big ones- they are all about money first then everything else falls in line.

    Disney is taking an unusual step here and openly/blatantly defying a law and promising actual political action against it. This is a real risk to any business on many levels.

    Personally, I don’t think Disney ( as an organization) cares.

    If my assessment is accurate, that begs the question of what ( and maybe who) the real motivator and end goal for Disney’s stance really is.

One, two, many Twitters.

smalltownoklahoman | March 28, 2022 at 5:45 pm

Good on Desantis signing this into law, hope other states follow his lead.

I would say this is what courage looks like, but he is simply reflecting what the vast majority of Floridians want, a safe education environment where their kids are safe from grooming or from being sexualized by predators. This is common sense legislation that should not be considered controversial.

Steven Brizel | March 29, 2022 at 9:26 am

De Santis is a great governor and would be a superb candidate against any Democrat in 2024.

    He would certainly present a bright line of choice: left or right. Without the “mean tweets.”

    All the left could do is lie about what he says. And, of course, flagrantly misinterpret it. But with DeSantis, there’s really not much nuance. It’s just plainspeak, which is difficult to misrepresent. Any deviation from it is blatant. With Trump, there were a fair number of walk-backs. I have yet to see them with DeSantis.

There should be no “sex education” in schools., That’s the parents’ job.