Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo said last week she is considering expanding the Parental Rights in Education act up to "maybe sixth grade or something like that."
The law currently prohibits "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" that is not "age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students" in kindergarten through third grade
"The one thing that I think could be looked at is (that) we ended it at grades one through three. I don't think I'd be supportive of high school because kids in high school are hopefully a little bit more mature, at least, they should be," Passidomo said. "But, you know, the middle school, maybe going to sixth grade or something like that."
She also said the law in its current form allows for all classroom instruction to be reconsidered based on what the state legislature considers to be "age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate."
"I am a parent. Of course, my kids are older, but I want to know what is going on in schools, and I want to be able to be consulted," Passidomo said. "The schools are not supposed to be raising our kids. It should be the parents, and that is really what the intent of the bill was. They should be able to object to things that they object to."
Former Florida Senator Audrey Gibson said Passidomo's idea to expand the act would "ostracize" students based on gender identity.
"It's just wrong, and the bill continues to create division," Gibson said. "I just want to make sure that people understand the fallacy of grooming or impacting a young person to be a male or female or not. That is so far from the truth."