Middle and high school sex ed books banned as ‘age-inappropriate’ under new Florida law

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The Miami-Dade County School Board in Florida has voted to ban two previously approved sex-ed textbooks over concerns they violate a new state law against inappropriate sexuality and gender lessons at the age.

The board voted 5-4 against the books this week. He previously allowed the book in a 5-3 vote in April after groups of parents challenged it in light of the Parental Rights in Education Bill which came into force on July 1. the state’s K-12 public classrooms.

“I voted against it because I don’t think it’s age-appropriate,” school board member Maria Teresa Rojas told 7 News Miami. “There’s a part of the book that’s good, but there are parts of the book that shouldn’t be there for our students.”

“I believe in the process, the process was done and it was completely professionally vetted,” said Lucia Baez-Geller, another school board member.

A man was arrested and a woman demanded to leave during the heated meeting, which was called to reevaluate Florida’s online textbooks “Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School” and “Comprehensive Health Skills for High School“.

Alex Serrano, Miami director of County Citizens Defending Freedom, was one of many parents who objected to the books because they told students where to get contraceptives, how to get an abortion, and how to talk to a doctor without the presence of their parents.

“An 11-year-old being told where to get and how easy it is to get Plan B pills, in our assessment, is not age-appropriate,” the father-of-three said. children. He also told 7 News Miami that he pulled his children out of public school two years ago.

“The teachers who will provide this material to children, which is illegal in the state of Florida, and the council that will vote to adopt it, in the end – the country, the state and your community, will all view you as groomers,” speaker Lourdes Galban told the board during a public comment.

The Miami-Dade district, the fourth largest in the nation with more than 340,000 students, has less than a month before the first day of school to replace equipment.

“We are troubled by the continued attempt by extremist groups to censor books,” Karla Hernández-Mats, president of the United Teachers of Dade union, said in a statement. “Our teachers are partners with parents and believe they should continue to be able to remove their children from content they are not comfortable with. We respect the voice of parents and the choices they make for their children and not for other people’s children.

Critics of Florida’s law, one of several parental rights bills Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law, have dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” law. They say it restricts the freedom of students and teachers to discuss information essential to avoiding unwanted pregnancies.

The law banned sex education and instruction on gender issues before fourth grade and “age-inappropriate” sexuality and gender identity classes for all grade levels.

“By capitulating to the demands of these citizens with little [planning] in place to replace these textbooks, the council undermines the expertise of professional educators and jeopardizes students’ right to access sexual and reproductive health information – their right to be informed about sex, gender, contraception, abortion, abuse, etc. said free speech advocacy group PEN America in a statement.

Some parenting advocates hailed the Miami-Dade vote.

“We applaud the members of the Miami-Dade School Board for putting the health and safety of our children first and recognizing that the classroom is not the place to promote a sex agenda,” it said Friday. Kimberly Fletcher, president of Moms for America. “Moms are showing up at school board meetings across the country to counter this radical sexualization of our children and it’s working.”

Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Mr. DeSantis, also applauded the board.

“Floridians want their children to learn math, reading, writing, and other academic skills to set them up for success. They don’t want schools to be politicized by Marxist racial theories and gender ideology,” Ms Pushaw said on Friday.

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