Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a bill on Friday that will require schools to be transparent with parents regarding reading material.
The governor alluded to inappropriate books finding their way into school libraries across the country, and his administration is aiming to allow parents to be in the know.
In a press conference, DeSantis said, “There are some who say parents don’t even have a right to know what is being taught. There’s actually some places where you can make serious decisions for these kids and not inform the parents about it. That is not going to fly in the state of Florida.” He stated that his bill would allow parents to file a complaint without administrative reprisal (New York Post).
DeSantis said, “Some people say if you don’t have every book under the sun in the library that you want to ban books. That’s not true.” Florida parent Rebecca Sarwi specifically said she was distressed to find sexually explicit books in her school’s library.
“It’s been an eye-opening experience to the lengths they would assert their power,” she said. Sarwi noted that the children were immersed in age inappropriate material “from all angles” and “without our knowledge or consent or availability to view prior.”
As a result of her experiences, Sarwi withdrew her kids from public school and decided to homeschool them. She said, “But not every family will be able to do the same. This is why this is why this legislation is so important. Ensuring transparency in our children’s curriculum and building back trust where it has been so terribly broken.”
DeSantis alluded to the pandemic leading to this new wave of parental activism. As families were forced to be at home and children were doing school virtually, resulting in constant exposure to their education.
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