TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a measure that will put into state law a series of rights for parents on issues related to education and health care.
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill (HB 241) in April in a 78-37 vote in the House and a 24-15 vote in the Senate.READ MORE: Gov. Ron DeSantis Objects To COVID Vaccine Mandates At Hospitals
In part, the bill will codify into law a parent’s right to “direct the education and care of his or her minor child,” which will include a right to “access and review all school records” related to a student.
Senate sponsor Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, told The News Service of Florida in April that the bill will make parents’ rights “easy to find” in state law.READ MORE: Don’t Know How To Talk To Vaccine-Hesitant Friends & Family? Professor Shares Tips On Navigating Conversation
“What we are seeing is government power is slowly encroaching and expanding. It will do so until the parents assert the rights that they have, but they have to know what those rights are in order to assert them,” Rodrigues said.
But the bill drew opposition, at least in part, because of concerns about potential harm to LGBTQ students.
“We have concerns that this bill as filed could compel schools to out LGBTQ youth who face unsupportive or dangerous home environments. Schools are also often the first place where youth disclose abuse,” the advocacy group Equality Florida said in April on its website.MORE NEWS: 83-Year-Old Former Cuban Political Prisoner Fighting To Keep Her Home
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