HB 241 was sent to the governor’s desk on Friday after being passed during the legislative session that ended on April 30. It spells out the rights of parents to “direct the education and care of his or her minor child,” which includes the right to “access and review all school records” related to the students.
It would also allow for opt-outs regarding any LGBTQ or sex education classes, as well as the right to opt children out of getting certain vaccinations.
Those who back the bill see it is a necessary means to check a school system that has gotten increasingly aggressive and politicized.
“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,” Senate sponsor Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said in April.
Critics eager to use the schools push the LGBTQ agenda in the faces of Christian parents slammed the bill, since it “could compel schools to out LGBTQ youth who face unsupportive or dangerous home environments.”
The schools have become a central battleground for the future of the nation, which is something the radical left has long recognized. Governor Ron DeSantis has been taking executive action to ban Critical Race Theory from being taught in the schools, and has emphasized that the “evils of communism and totalitarianism will be taught.”
DeSantis has also moved to protect biological females from having to compete against biological males who self-identify as girls in school sports. It has become increasingly clear by contrast that Ron DeSantis is one of the few GOP governors willing to fully use his executive authority to ensure that the will of Republican voters is actually represented.