MSNBC has been utterly shocked that DeSantis, a Florida Republican governor, introduced the Parental Rights in Education legislation. The bill would prohibit children aged four- to eight from learning about their sexual identity or orientation. The 11th HourStephanie Ruhle, host of The Law is a lie about the purpose.
Ruhle read the bill text to start the section. Even though she read the text, Ruhle still couldn’t grasp what it meant. “The law also bans classes from having discussions on sexual orientation and identity. It’s not only instruction; it prohibits all discussion. Does that mean third grader with gay parents cannot talk to her classmates about their parents?” Ruhle asked.
He continued his baffling over the new law.
Parents have the legal right to sue their children if they are unhappy about the way they think they are taught. Don’t Say Gay is a result of this. The school could be in serious trouble if they even mention the term, or raise the subject. Adults will fear speaking, and children will too.
She then introduced two of her guests Miami Herald bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas, and Florida state Senator Shevrin Jones to discuss the new law.
Ruhle asked Senator Jones what has happened in Florida schools that made Republican legislators pass the Parental Rights in Education bill. Jones replied “There was nothing”DeSantis was attacked and Florida Republican legislators criticised for failing to make There are no issues that affect the state of Florida.
After turning her anger on Christina Pushaw (DeSantis spokeswoman), she reacted with fury. accurately describing the law and noting the only possible reason Democrats could be against the ban on teaching young children about transgenderism:
Senator, Governor DeSantis’s spokesperson, a government employee tweeted this, quote “if you’re against the anti-grooming bill, you are probably a groomer, or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4 to 8-year-old children”. What a pity that a government worker would equate child abuse with the acknowledgement of LGBTQ identities. It is so hurtful to hear that!
Ruhle lamented later about the provision of the original legislation that allowed parents to sue school districts to have their child’s sexually offensive topics stopped. She wondered if it could “Bankrupt a school district in less than a month?”
Ruhle ended then the segment by falsely claiming, There are not schools that teach kindergarteners to recognize their sexual orientation.
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MSNBC’s The 11th Hour
Eastern Time: 11:47:00
STEPHANIE ROHLE: Tonight, we’re back with a close look at Florida’s so-called parental rights bill for education. The Governor signed it into law. Critics call it “gay” but don’t use the word. Which one is it? A narrowly focused law giving parents more control in their kid’s education, or an overly broad mandate with an intentional chilling effect on talking about LGBTQ issues at all. Let’s look at the facts. It prohibits schools teaching children about their sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to the third grade. It also includes, but in an inappropriate manner, teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity to students. This is in line with state standards. So what’s age-appropriate? Which state standards are they? Well, It’s unclear.
The law further complicates matters by banning classroom discussion about identity or sexual orientation. This law does not allow for instruction. It prohibits discussion about any topic. What does this mean for a third-grader who has gay parents that she can’t discuss her parents with in school? The law grants parents the ability to sue their children if they are unhappy about what they think is being taught. Don’t Say Gay is a result of this. The school could be in serious trouble if they even mention the term, or raise the subject. Adults will fear speaking up, and so will the children. There is nothing wrong with being transgender or gay. LGBTQ children will be in danger if they are forced to tell the truth about their family or themselves. It will cause them to feel that there are problems with themselves or their families. That is the scary part. It is well-known that LGBTQ children are four times more likely than other kids to contemplate suicide. New York Magazine says that this bill doesn’t “don’t say gay”, it’s “Don’t be homosexual or transgender.” Let’s get to it. Mary Ellen Klas, the state capitol bureau chief for the Miami Herald, and former teacher turned lawmaker Florida state Senator Shevrin Jones, he is the state’s first openly gay Senator. Mary Ellen, this is a topic you have covered extensively. Are you getting it all right?
MARY ELLEN KLAS : Yes, many provisions are here. The language is deliberately vague, however, it’s because there is a rulemaking process, which the Secretary of Education yesterday said will help teachers to follow some guidelines. The question of whether these guidelines are helpful to teachers in deciding what content is appropriate to use in class is not yet answered.
RUHLE, Senator: Every state faces many issues that they must address. Florida was experiencing so many problems that it was necessary for Republican legislators to prioritise this issue and make it law.
SENATOR SHEVRIN JONES (Senator): Nothing, Governor DeSantis and my Republican counterparts continue to ignore issues in the state. Governor DeSantis wants to continue this national agenda, with things like CRT and the don’t say gay bill, and make it known the top issues, continually forgetting about the kitchen table issues that we need to be talking about within the state of Florida, like the property insurance, like the rent crisis that we’re having right now. These are the same issues that are happening across the country, and not only in Florida.
RUHLE: Senator, Governor DeSantis’s spokesperson, a government employee tweeted this, quote “if you’re against the anti-grooming bill, you are probably a groomer, or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4 to 8-year-old children”. What a pity that a government worker would equate child abuse with the simple acknowledgment of LGBTQ identities. It is so hurtful to hear that!
JONES, Well you know what. Not only is it hurtful, it’s disingenuous to a state with 22 million people which is a melting pot of all types of different nationalities, people from different backgrounds. But, in the closing days of our session, many people on either side, said loudly “the quiet part” during the week. The opponents of as you just made mentioned of, we were called groomers by the Governor’s spokesperson. He did not even consider correcting the error, and in fact, he doubled down yesterday on this word at his press conference. This is basically a codeword that refers to a pedophile. They even stated that schools socially engineer children. This was referred to by the president of Florida’s family policy council as a “don’t make my son into your daughter” bill. This is what we’re dealing with in Florida, and this is the tone that Republicans are saying across the country. And I believe that when you’re in distress, you become desperate. The Republican’s final-ditch attempt to recognize that the nation, and state are heading in a different direction, is this.
Mary Ellen: According to this law, parents can sue school districts for damages at the expense of the taxpayers. This could bankrupt the school district in a matter of months.
KLAS: I talked to an attorney who represented 17 districts within the state. And, he’s pretty confident that this is actually not something that we are going to see a lot of. They did amend the bill, which included provisions that let parents bring up their concerns and allow them to file a complaint to the district. The cost of the lawsuit against school districts and attorney’s fees is covered by the taxpayers. If the case is settled within two years however, no damages will be awarded but attorneys’ fees will apply.
RUHLE: Senator. I would like to clarify to the audience that no school is actively teaching kindergarteners about their sexual orientation. This means that if parents want to shield their kids from such teachings, they have nothing to fear. What does it do for children of gay parents?
JONES: Yeah, well first of all I think, let’s be clear the Republicans they knew exactly what they’re doing. Because they think it’s effective, they discriminate against the marginalized and do it in the name parental rights. This is what I’ll say: The same applies to LGBTQ parents, who more often than they think are helping communities. In fact, teachers are our first line of defense when we enter the classroom. They have things that students share with me that they just wouldn’t have shared with their parents because they don’t have that trust factor. This is our nucleus. It’s a support network that links other areas of the wider community. Children should go to school in order to learn about their families. While families may not be the same as their classmates’, every family is unique and each family is special. Children should learn this. Teachers should also be able teach children that there are many families.