The DeSantis Revolution is spreading. On Friday, Breitbart News reported that North Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill that follows Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
The Florida law, which takes effect July 1, bans school districts and classroom teachers from offering lesson plans based on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
The North Carolina measure, sponsored primarily by state Rep. Hugh Blackwell, also says “Instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity would not be permitted in the curriculum provided in kindergarten through third grade,” Breitbart noted.
It also says, “Public school units could not adopt forms or procedures that prohibited employees from notifying parents about a child’s health or well-being or a change in services or monitoring, or that encouraged a child to withhold health or well-being information or changes in services or monitoring from the parent.”
In other words, Breitbart explained, public schools would be required to inform parents about any information concerning the health, privacy and education of their child, including “a choice to use a different name or pronoun.”
North Carolina Sen. Phil Berger, a Republican, told local media that the bill contains a “specific prohibition on it [gender identity and sexual orientation] being part of a curriculum in kindergarten through third grade.”
“This is an issue that parents all across the state have been concerned about,” he added. “They are worried about things that they have seen,” meaning what has happened with remote learning during the pandemic.
The bill also has language that states public school employees who “encouraged or coerced a child to withhold information from the child’s parent could be subject to disciplinary action.”
The measure also says public schools “could not adopt forms or procedures that prohibited employees from notifying parents about a child’s health or well-being or a change in services or monitoring, or that encouraged a child to withhold health or well-being information or changes in services or monitoring from the parent.”