Mar 23, 2023
DeSantis Proposes Expansion of ‘Parental Rights’ Law to All Grades Transcript
The change would ban lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity from grades 4 to 12, unless required by existing state standards or as part of reproductive health instruction that students can choose not to take. Read the transcript here.
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Lauren Pastrana (00:01):
Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration is hoping to expand the parental rights and education bill, or what critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” law to all grades.
Eliott Rodriguez (00:10):
If passed, this means that any teaching of sexual orientation or gender identity will be forbidden in Florida, even in high schools. Thank you for joining us. I’m Eliott Rodriguez.
Lauren Pastrana (00:21):
And I’m Lauren Pastrana. CBS News Miami’s Anna McAllister is live in the newsroom with the details tonight. Anna?
Anna McAllister (00:27):
Lauren, Eliot, this proposal wouldn’t go through the state legislature, but is rather a rule the State Board of Education will vote on. Governor DeSantis and his supporters say they’re trying to protect children, but many of the governor’s opponents say this is a dangerous move.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (00:42):
In the state of Florida, parents have a fundamental role in the education, healthcare, and wellbeing of their children. We will not move from that. I don’t care what corporate media outlets say. I don’t care what Hollywood says. I don’t care what big corporations say. Here I stand.
Speaker 5 (01:02):
Governor Ron DeSantis has made his stance on discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools loud and clear. The governor first signing the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill last year that initially applied to kindergarten through third grade. Now, his administration is proposing a rule that would forbid those conversations through 12th grade.
Joe Saunders (01:23):
It would be a double down on book censorship, it would be a double down on intimidation for teachers, and it would be a double down on sweeping censorship in K through 12 public classrooms and would do enormous harm.
Speaker 5 (01:35):
The fate of this proposal will fall into the hands of the State Board of Education, as they will vote on it. The White House commenting on the latest development:
Karine Jean-Pierre (01:44):
It’s wrong. It’s completely, utterly wrong, and we’ve been very crystal clear about that when it comes to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Speaker 5 (01:53):
Florida Commissioner of Education, Manny Diaz, Jr., quickly responding to the White House’s comment with this tweet that reads: “Students should be spending their time in school learning core academic subjects, not being force-fed radical gender and sexual ideology. In Florida, we’re preserving the right of kids to be kids.”
Speaker 8 (02:14):
Shame on you!
Speaker 5 (02:15):
Protestors in Fort Lauderdale, taking their frustrations to the Broward County School Board Wednesday afternoon.
While Governor DeSantis and his supporters believe the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity are inappropriate in schools, others argue that it discriminates against the LBGTQ community.
Anna McAllister (02:33):
And the Florida Board of Education will vote on this rule next month. And if it passes, it means that any teacher who discusses these topics could be fired and have their teaching license revoked. For now, reporting live in the newsroom, Anna McAllister, CBS News Miami.