By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
The Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA) was the driving force behind SB 989 a bill, that Gov. Scott signed into law that gives parents the right to review and challenge objectionable educational materials at the school district. There is plenty for families to be concerned about: pornographic, readings, LGBT and Islamic indoctrination and a general anti-America socialist slant to history, social studies and English language textbooks and recommended readings. Citizens for National Security has identified 26 Islam-biased textbooks in their highly regarded study of Florida history and social science school books. The wording of the bill summary states:
“Instructional Materials; Revises district school board responsibilities relating to review & adoption of public K-12 instructional materials; authorizes county residents to challenge use or adoption of instructional materials; revises requirements relating to public hearing for adoption of such materials; revises annual allocation for purchase of instructional materials.”
According to FLCA:
A recent Associated Press article grossly mischaracterized the bill the Florida Citizens’ Alliance (FLCA) strongly supported and Governor Scott signed into law. The article led readers to believe the FLCA wants to shut down conversation about important issues, ban books and promote a narrow ideology.
That is a complete distortion of our aspirations and intentions.
This has never been about banning books. The bill (now law) has no provision for banning books. In fact, no version of the bill ever mentioned banning books.
The bill in Florida Citizens’ Alliance responds to APNEWS
no way promotes a narrow ideology. It opens the conversation to everyone and welcomes factual, objective conversation about important issues.
The bill simply invites parents and all residents of Florida to participate in the selection of instructional materials for our children. We think parents should be involved in the education of their children. We think the residents of Florida should be welcomed to the conversation because they support education in Florida.
The Florida Citizens’ Alliance believes in the potential of every child and works tirelessly to allow every student the opportunity to succeed. We believe that includes a free and open conversation about instructional materials. Every child should have the finest materials characterized by accurate and factual content, objective information and unbiased, balanced presentations of controversial issues.
The Florida Citizens’ Alliance simply stands with the parents and residents of Florida for real solutions that promote student learning. Florida Kids deserve the best!
FLCA deserves Bravos not Brickbats!