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Florida Republicans Among GOP Lawmakers Seeking Federal Opt-In Provision For Teaching Sexual Ideology In Elementary Schools

Some Florida Republicans in Congress are backing a bill to require an opt-in provision for submitting students to instruction in sexual orientation and gender identity lessons.

Last week, GOP Rep. Jeff Van Drew introduced the “My Child, My Choice Act.”

The bill states that a teacher “employed by an elementary school shall, prior to teaching a lesson specifically related to gender identity, sexual orientation, or transgender studies, request written consent from the parent of each student enrolled in the class in which the teacher plans to teach such lesson.”

The bill requires that at least 50 percent of the families opt-in before the lesson can be taught. The children of parents who decline would be given alternative instruction or study hall.

Any schools that do not comply would lose federal funding.

“Enough is enough – parents are tired of the government interjecting itself into their child’s education in (an) attempt to teach children intimate and inappropriate subject matter with no parental input,” Van Drew said in a statement.

“In my home state of New Jersey, policies are being put forward that students may use any ‘restroom, locker room, or changing facility in accordance with their gender identity.’ This is threatening the safety and security of our young children. We must protect our nation’s youth and ensure they are learning subjects critical to their development, not leftist ideologies.” 

Some Florida lawmakers agree.

Reps. Carlos Gimenez (Miami), Bill Posey (Rockledge), Greg Steube (Sarasota) and Dan Webster (Clermont) are among the 17 cosponsors who were backing Van Drew’s bill as of Wednesday.

“Parents have had enough. Schools have no place indoctrinating our children about gender identity, sexual orientation, and transgenderism,” Steube said in a statement.

“It should have never started in the first place, but since these teachings are becoming increasingly prevalent in schools across America, I’m glad to cosponsor legislation that will withhold federal funds from any school who tries to override parental rights by teaching these topics without permission.”

Webster added in his own statement, “Parents’ have the fundamental responsibility and right to care for, raise and educate their children. I have fought to empower mothers and fathers to have a voice in their child’s education and upbringing. I will continue to strongly support every parent’s right to determine the best educational curriculum, learning path, and school to meet their children’s needs without government interference.”

“This bill reinstates authority where it rightfully belongs – with parents.”

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