DeSantis administration moves to expand
Mar 23, 2023 48 secs
Ron DeSantis's (R) administration is moving to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for all grades.

The big picture: DeSantis has become a champion for conservative cultural issues, gearing up for a potential 2024 presidential run that would pit him against former President Trump.

Details: The amendment, put forth by the state Education Department, would expand the ban of instruction of sexual orientation or gender identity to students beyond pre-kindergarten through third grade.

For grades 4-12, such instruction will be prohibited unless "expressly required" by state academic standards or as part of a reproductive health lesson, for which a student’s parent has the option to have their child opt out.

What they're saying: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday said the proposal is "completely, utterly wrong."

Of note: Months after the Parental Rights in Education Act went into effect last July, schools started making changes to avoid violating the legislation amid increased scrutiny, Axios' Selene San Felice reports.



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