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Parents with children in the government schools may want to attend Tuesday’s School Board meeting to participate in what may be a showdown on parental rights.

One board member plans to make certain the board knows about the state’s new law on parental rights and understands what it actually means.

This is necessary because of the media’s false and misleading portrayals of the legislation.

The issue is protecting very young children.

“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” the Parental Rights in Education law says.

Somehow, that commonsense declaration of state policy is construed as “controversial” by the adversary media.

Apparently, liberals consider it appropriate for school personnel to groom young children and nudge them into thinking they can change their sex using surgery or harmful chemicals.

“Woke” liberal corporation executives, including those at the Disney company, and utterly clueless Hollywood celebrities have loudly denounced Florida’s legislation.

“If the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and as heroes…if those are the types of people that are opposing us on parent’s rights, I wear that like a badge of honor,” Gov. Ron DeSantis declared.

People who believe parents have a right to say what their children are taught support Florida’s governor and the new legislation. The homosexual lobby is opposed.

Board Member Charlotte Joyce, who represents a large part of southwest Jacksonville, plans to force a discussion of the “partnership of parents, students and the schools” at the board meeting this week.

“The Parental Rights in Education law, passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, fosters that trust-based partnership by protecting the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the messages delivered to their young children related to sex and gender,” she said.

Parents may not realize just how far the school system goes in subverting their rights.

The district has published something called the LGBTQ Support Guide. It was not voted on or approved by the board yet teachers are required to follow it when “socially transitioning” students.

Socially transitioning means a student who is suffering from gender confusion meets with a team that uses the support guide to understand what pronouns the student wants to use and what restroom the student would like to use.

Teachers are instructed to use whatever name, gender identity, etc. a student chooses, except when speaking to parents. 

It says a student’s gender identity is never to be disclosed to a parent.

That means a boy may use the girl’s bathroom and shower with girls without his parent’s knowledge.

 “Listening to the buzz in the media I wanted to bring this forward,” Joyce told Eye on Jacksonville. “We cannot socially transition a student without parents knowing about it.”

Joyce has introduced a resolution that says the board:

1. Unequivocally supports the Parental Rights in Education bill passed by the Florida Legislature and enacted into law by Governor Ron DeSantis;

2. Disapproves the provisions of the Duval County Public Schools’ LGBTQ+ Support Guide set forth in this resolution and the similar provisions therein, and;

3. Thanks Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for their leadership in defending parents’ rights to exercise authority over their children and to teach their children their values, morals, and beliefs.

It is quite likely many parents will want to discuss this issue. However, it is possible the liberal board members can put off the discussion. The rules say the meeting cannot go past 11 p.m. without a vote to do so. If it is not extended, it would carry over until the next board meeting.

The board needs to face up to its responsibilities and decide whether it is going to respect parental rights as required by state law.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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