By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
CS/SB 1210 is a must pass bill that will protect Florida’s school children from objectionable materials and bring control over textbooks and other materials to the local level.
In 2014 SB 864 (FS 1006.283) was the K-12 Curriculum Bill signed into law by Governor Scott in July of 2014. Its purpose was to:
– Assign each school board the constitutional responsibility to select and provide adequate instructional materials.
– Require each district to create a transparent review policy/process allowing parents to review instructional materials and raise objections if the material was not accurate or was objectionable.
– Allow School districts to implement their own selection and acquisition programs as an alternative to buying from the State approved lists.
However, according The Florida Citizens Alliance virtually every school district ignored the law and parents remain mostly in the dark about materials that are indoctrinating their children. As a result, HB 989 and SB 1210 are drafted to force school districts to close the loop holes. According to FCA’s Keith Flaugh the bill will:
– Require that each District School Board shall implement a transparent Policy/Process within their
District whether they acquire from the State list or create their individual acquisition program.
– Provide a definition of quality materials and require all materials meet Florida existing laws (
– Tighten the definition of instructional materials to include “on-line” materials.
– Give each District School Board greater flexibility to use instructional materials that meet
or exceed current Florida Standards.
– Expand a parent’s right to object to include the rights of taxpayers.
Bottom Line: This law will empower parents and community taxpayers a meaningful seat at the table to significantly improve the quality of instructional materials in public schools.
Definition of quality materials spelled out in SB 1210 and HB 989
When passed into law, these Instructional Materials companion bills will restore local control of curriculum to each school district, give a meaningful voice to parents and the local community in the selection process for instructional materials, and require instructional materials used in the classroom meet the following criteria:
- Be research-based, and be proven to be effective in supporting student learning
- Provide a non-inflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues
- Be appropriate to the students’ ages and varying levels of learning
- Be accurate and factual
- Be of acceptable technical quality
- Shall strictly adhere to the requirements of Florida Statute 1003.42(2) US Constitutional Founding values and principles
- Not contain pornography or sexually explicit content as is otherwise prohibited by Florida Statute 847.012(3).
The full detailed 11 page report of objectionable materials in Florida Schools documenting extensive political and religious indoctrination, revisionist history, issues with APUSH, pornographic material and destructive math pedagogy can be found at http://floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/?s=objectionable+materials+report