Parental Rights law gets teeth: teachers providing inappropriate sexual instruction could lose license

  • Florida’s Board of Education unanimously passed a pair of new rules to help school districts comply with state laws on sexual and racial curriculum and parental notifications
  • One rule requires parents to be notified of certain situations involving school access policies based on gender identity pertaining to bathroom, locker room or dressing rooms 
  • A second rule provides clarification that teachers who violate state laws by teaching inappropriate sexual curriculum to 3rd grade students or below could be stripped of their license

Florida’s new Parental Bill of Rights got some teeth thanks to a pair of new rules unanimously approved by the State Board of Education on Wednesday. One rule requires county school boards and charter schools to notify parents about administrative policies involving access to bathrooms, locker rooms or other areas that were previously restricted by gender. The second rule provides guidance for school district administrators to strip teachers of their licenses if they violate either of a pair of new laws pertaining to teaching inappropriate sexual or racial curriculum.

“The rules stem from the new Parental Rights in Education law passed in March of this year, and the the 2021 Parents Bill of Rights, passed in 2021, that entitles families to have more information about their student’s education and welfare.

“The parents bill of rights is about informing parents about the policies and procedures that are happening on school grounds,” said Jacob Oliva, Senior Chancellor at the Florida Department of Education.  “What this rule does is make sure that if a school implements a policy or procedure in regard to or with specific designations like locker rooms, bathrooms and dressing rooms, that parents have a right to know, and that we’re transparent about the procedures that are happening within our schools.”

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