The bill would inform parents of their right to refuse sex for their children.
The Florida Senate is expected to consider a proposal Thursday aimed at informing parents of their right to refuse sex education classes for their children after the regulatory committee approved the measure by 11-3 on Tuesday.
Under the proposal (SB 410) school districts would need to inform parents of their right to submit written requests to exclude students from sex education classes. Notices should be posted on district websites and districts should publish all sex education curricula.
The school authorities would have to approve sex education classes annually under the bill.
“This bill seeks to be more transparent and I think that is important as a parent. You want to be able to know what your children are seeing in the classroom, ”says the bill sponsor Ana Maria Rodriguezsaid a Doral Republican on Tuesday.
The house made changes last week that brought a similar bill into line (HB 545) with the Senate proposal. Prior to the changes, the bill would have required parents to be notified “at least 10 days of class” prior to sex class, and it would have required written parental consent.
The Senate bill is due to be heard during a session on Thursday, while the entire House is slated to review the House version on Thursday.
Reprinted with permission from the News Service of Florida