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Controversial education bill headed to the desk of Ron DeSantis

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The “Parental Rights In Education” bill, supported by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is heading to his desk after passage by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Referred to by some as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, the new law will affect public school students in grades K-3 and will not allow “instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity” or instruction “in a “manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

The bill was championed by both the Governor and other Republicans as a means to give Florida parents more control over what their children are taught in school.

Critics, such as the Palm Beach County School Board, say it will stifle free and open discussions about LGBTQ issues in school.

In a letter to DeSantis and the Florida Legislature last month school superintendent Mike Burke says the district will “stand firmly against any legislation that would compromise acceptance and respect for our students based on race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other demographic targeted for discriminatory exclusion.”

Under the bill, parents may sue a school district for violating the law.

The bill passed the Senate 22-17