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Florida Curriculum Bill Heads to Senate: Take Action Now

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.

This Senate Appropriations Committee hearing is this bill’s last stop before it goes to the full Senate. It must be approved by this committee to advance for a full Senate vote. You are making a HUGE impact on the progress of these bills!

 

Background

 

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:

  1. Be research-based, and be proven to be effective in supporting student learning
  2. Provide a non-inflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues
  3. Be appropriate to the students’ ages and varying levels of learning
  4. Be accurate and factual
  5. Be of acceptable technical quality
  6. Shall strictly adhere to the requirements of Florida Statute 1003.42(2) US Constitutional Founding values and principles
  7. 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

 

 

Please call the Tallahassee office of the senators on the Appropriations Committee! The last time we asked you to participate in a phone campaign like this, the legislators’ aides told us that our phone calls were absolutely having an impact. We need to make that kind of impact again!

Below is the list of senators on the Appropriations Committee along with their Tallahassee phone numbers.

Urge each senator to “VOTE YES” for CS/SB 1210 when it comes before the Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
Senator Jack Latvala, Appropriations Chair
850-487-5016

Senator Anitere Flores, Appropriations Vice Chair
850-487-5039

Senator Aaron Bean
850-487-5004

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
850-487-5027

Senator Lauren Book
850-487-5032

Senator Randolph Bracy
850-487-5011

Senator Rob Bradley
850-487-5005

Senator Jeff Brandes
850-487-5024

Senator Oscar Braynon II
850-487-5035

Senator George Gainer
850-487-5002

Senator Bill Galvano
850-487-5021

Senator Audrey Gibson
850-487-5006

Senator Denise Grimsley
850-487-5026

Senator Bill Montford
850-487-5003

Senator Bobby Powell
850-487-5030

Senator David Simmons
850-487-5009

Senator Wilton Simpson
850-487-5010

Senator Kelli Stargel
850-487-5022
Yes! Please call every single senator on this list!

 

 

 

 

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