The Miami-Dade school board voted 8 to 1 on Wednesday rejecting making October LGBTQ month and requiring 12 graders to learn about Supreme Court cases affecting the LGBTQ community.
School board member, Lubby Navarro, said, “Our customers are our parents, and we have to be driven to give parents what they are asking us, this school system, for their children.”
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In response to the Parental Rights in Education law in August, Duval County schools voted to restrict classrooms from having LGBTQ flags, propaganda, and material. “We are in the process of rebranding the ‘All In for Safe Schools’ program. The purpose of the rebranding is to send a clear message to all students that the support available through the program is open to them and not limited to any specific student population,” District Spokesman Tracy Pierce reportedly said.
LGBTQ groups, of course, were enraged by the rulings. The spokesman of the LGBT support group “JASMYN” slammed the rulings, saying the removal of safe spaces is “unnecessary and harmful” to children. “It also comes as LGBTQ youth, the very students now seeing their identities scrubbed from Duval classrooms, continue facing higher risks of depression, anxiety, bullying, discrimination, and suicidality than their peers,” the spokesman said.
This comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which opponents falsely refer to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, in March. The bill forbids instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity, straight or LGBTQ, in kindergarten through third grade.
“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” the law reads.
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said.
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