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Florida moves to expand Parental Rights in Education Act

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' administration has proposed expanding the bill. Associated Press/Photo by Phil Sears

Florida moves to expand Parental Rights in Education Act

Florida’s Education Department on Wednesday released a proposal to shield school students in fourth through 12th grades from instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity. The change would expand the state’s 2022 law, formally called the Parental Rights in Education Act, that restricted such instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade. Lessons that are required by state academic standards or part of a reproductive health course would still be permitted, though parents have the option to opt out of those courses.

What is required to approve the change? Because the proposal is an amendment to existing legislation, state lawmakers do not have to vote on the rule change. The state Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the amendment next month. 

Dig deeper: Listen to Myrna Brown and Nick Eicher’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about Florida’s fight against false gender ideology.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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