Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dubbed 2022 the “year of the parent” in the Sunshine State while addressing the controversial Parental Rights in Education Bill to mark the end of the state’s legislative session.
Parental rights in education has been a pressing political issue over the last two years, particularly as surrounds curricula involving sexual education and so-called critical rate theory as well as pandemic-era policies regarding masking and in-person learning.
Florida’s sex ed bill, which aimed at limiting the extent to which teachers can address LGBTQ+ topics in classrooms for early elementary school children, was pounced upon by left-wing activists who declared it to be discriminatory.
It was dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents.
Proponents, on the other hand, argued that it was simply aimed at preserving the rights of parents to decide when their children would be introduced to gender and sexual identity.
“People actually said that if you don’t have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don’t want to be in Florida?” DeSantis said when asked about how businesses in Florida might respond to the controversial bill, as CBN News reported. “I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents.”
GOV. DESANTIS: "People actually said that if you don't have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don't want to be in Florida? I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents." pic.twitter.com/rZKgYK9SBt
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 14, 2022
Governor DeSantis closes out the 2022 Legislative Session. https://t.co/B3zfI7EAED
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 14, 2022
These comments were similar to remarks the governor made in response to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who expressed “disappointment and concern” over the legislation.
Last week, DeSantis noted “If you’re family-friendly, understand the parents, who are actually raising families, want to have their rights respected. And I also think that you have companies, like a Disney, that are going to say and criticize parents’ rights, they’re gonna criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.”
This week, he expressed appreciation for the bill, also stating, “As a parent of three kids that are age five and under, thank you for letting me and my wife send our kids to kindergarten without them being sexualized.
“I think if you look at what’s been done, both in terms of funding and policy, this really was the year of the parent in the state of Florida,” the governor, a rising star in the Republican Party, said.
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