Gov. DeSantis signs off on sex ed bill

The bill strengthens parental notification requirements.

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ has signed legislation that seeks to increase parental consent regarding sex education.

The newly signed law alters current measures, which allows parents to opt their child out of sex education and STD lessons by providing a written request to the school. But now, with the legislation (HB 545), parental notification requirements will be strengthened by requiring that school districts inform parents of the curriculum and materials on the district’s website homepage.

The process must be explained to parents, giving them a chance to opt their children out.

St. Pete Beach Republican Rep. Linda Chaney, who filed the bill, originally sought to make sex ed an opt-in process, meaning parents would have to sign a consent form for their children to get that education.

However, the bill was later amended to instead make the process opt-out — garnering more bipartisan approval.

Most Democrats ultimately voted against the measure in the House, where it passed 82-24. The Senate passed the measure 36-4, with four Democrats voting in opposition.

During debate on the House floor, Jacksonville Republican Rep. Clay Yarborough argued much of the sex-ed portion of the sixth grade textbook wouldn’t have been appropriate to show on the floor.

Chaney’s compromise measure didn’t satisfy several parents and groups looking for reform. Multiple organizations such as the Christian Family Coalition and Florida Citizens Alliance originally approved the bill but spoke in opposition during the committee process. Those parents and organizations argued an opt-in clause was necessary to give parents full authority as to whether their children receive instruction on sex education.

The bill also requires school boards to review and approve sex ed materials annually. School districts would also be required to notify parents of those annual meetings where the curriculum will be discussed and approved.

After clearing DeSantis’ desk, the bill will take effect July 1.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Bev Kilmer

    June 5, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Freedom Speaks and SafeEd K-12 commends Gov. DeSantis for signing the all important Parental Rights bill. As a child protection organization we will have parents at every schoolboard meeting to ensure the current pornography, obscenity and inappropriate materials and language are removed. We are committed to an academic education for our children. If the required changes are not made; we will be forced to explore criminal charges as are provided by law. We parents demand an academic education period. Gov. DeSantis and the legislators did their jobs now it is time for the school boards, principles and superintendents to do theirs as well as our Commissioner of Education. Please do what is right for our children not special interest groups like Planned Parenthood and Equality Florida.

  • PeterH

    June 7, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Bev Kilmer’s police state antics in Florida’s schools. You can count on today’s snowflake infested GQP to take one step forward and eleven steps backward. What’s next Bev ….. book burning and firing few remaining teachers in short supply? Good grief!

    I’m done voting for Republicans! They’re ruining intelligent discourse in American education and attempting coup when they don’t get their way! Never again. Years ago …..Republican Bobby Jindal called his GQP ‘the party of stupid’ ……today’s GQP are beyond that ….. and not a conservative voice among them.

  • Rionach Elliot

    June 7, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    ” Republicans pass law to make education optional.”

    What a surprise. DeSantis seems hell bent on increasing teen pregnancy and STD rates in Florida. We already do not rank particularly well in either of these statistics. And don’t even get me started on our education ranking.

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