Left-wingers, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s own husband, are back to smearing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill all over again.
The latest smear is the suggestion that the bill, which members of the left falsely refer to as “Don’t Say Gay,” is forcing all LGBT teachers in the state to, as an example, “remove family pictures” and stop wearing “rainbow lanyards” while in the classroom.
“It’s just about sex!”
Sure, and now districts might remove family pictures, rainbow lanyards, and “safe space” stickers out of fear.
Maybe DeSantis should focus on making sure kids aren’t slaughtered in school instead of ensuring they don’t see a picture of a happy family.
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) June 29, 2022
Republicans lied when they said the Don’t Say Gay law was just about sex ed. Now a Florida school district is banning rainbow attire & telling gay teachers to hide photos of their spouses. It was all about creating a vague law to scare schools with threats of expensive lawsuits.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) June 29, 2022
But the narrative being peddled by left-wingers like Chasten Buttigieg is false.
First, only one school district, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), is reportedly considering pursuing such measures.
Last week the district held administrators-only seminars in which “OCPS attorneys advised principals what behaviors would and would not be legal under the law,” according to local station WFTV.
“[T]eachers and staff members will be disallowed from wearing rainbow articles of clothing, including lanyards distributed by the district last year. Elementary-level teachers reported being discouraged from putting pictures of their same-sex spouse on their desk or talking about them to students,” the station reported Monday.
“‘Safe Space’ stickers aimed at LGBTQ students may have to be removed from doors, teachers will have to report to parents if a student ‘comes out’ to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow.”
Second, and more importantly, the measures are being considered in spite of the Parental Rights in Education bill.
“Some of the measures appeared to be far outside what the law actually forbids, as it focuses primarily on mental health monitoring and classroom curriculums,” according to WFTV.
Someone may want to tell that to critics like Buttigieg, among others:
Remember when Don’t Say Gay was being passed, and Republicans tried so hard to frame it as a bill prohibiting sex-ed.
Well the law goes into effect in 2 days, and teachers are literally being ordered to scrape off rainbow safe-space stickers from their classroom doors.
— Jack Petocz (@Jack_Petocz) June 28, 2022
Even the local teachers’ union has cried foul.
“It will be alarming if our district chooses to interpret this law in the most extreme way,” Classroom Teachers’ Association president-elect Clinton McCracken said.
However, in a statement to WFTV, a district representative pushed back on the emerging backlash by claiming that the advice proffered during last week’s seminars was just that — advice. And therefore the advice doesn’t represent the district’s official position on such matters.
“During the presentation, administrators posed hypothetical scenarios based upon the new statutes and verbal answers were provided based on the limited guidance from the Florida Department of Education. Once further guidance is received from the Florida Department of Education, the district will provide formal guidance to administrators and staff,” the rep said.
But there’s even more to this story.
The mayor of Orange County is Jerry Demings, a Democrat. Moreover, Orange County went to President Joe Biden 61 percent to 37.9 percent in 2020 and to Hillary Clinton 60.4 percent to 35.7 percent in 2016.
In other words, Orange County is a Democrat stronghold. Yet wouldn’t you know it, one of the most left-wing counties in Florida appears to purposefully be pursuing some of the toughest ostensibly Parental Rights in Education bill-related measures in the state.
Some have speculated that these measures are being pursued on purpose to make both the Parental Rights in Education bill and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis look bad.
What you’re not mentioning is that orange county Florida is a Democrat stronghold in Florida. The ones who are ordering the school teachers to do this are Democrats. They are overreacting to this because they want to be able to say it is DeSantis‘s fault.
— Minapo (@mipoelsu17) June 30, 2022
Orange County FL run by democrats. So some of the measures appear to be “far outside” what the law actually forbids. The teachers’ union doesn’t want the school district to “interpret this law in the most extreme way. Whatever it takes for dems to own DeSantis. Poor kids.
— Jean Jeanny (@CovfefeWorld) June 30, 2022
Right, “now districts might remove …” such as Orange County (run by Democrats).
It is a form of virtue-signalling where those who wish to set a false narrative about the Parental Rights bill.
— Connie McLou 🍀🇺🇸☘️ (@ConnieMcLou) June 30, 2022
Not to mention it is only schools in Orange County, which is extremely leftist. These rules, even if they prove true, are put into place by democrats. Seeing as they “protect” homosexuals why ever would they want to push these rules? Hmmm?
— llb877 (@llb_877) June 30, 2022
Imagine being a Florida democrat. pic.twitter.com/C7YMcomcMW
— Amygator 🐊 *not an actual alligator (@AmyA1A) June 29, 2022
Judging by Buttigieg’s tweet, this sneaky, underhanded trick appears to be working …
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