Florida’s DeSantis Proposes Legislation to Allow Parents to Sue Schools Teaching Critical Race Theory

Nanette Holt
By Nanette Holt
December 15, 2021US News
Florida’s DeSantis Proposes Legislation to Allow Parents to Sue Schools Teaching Critical Race Theory
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions related to school openings and the wearing of masks, in Surfside, Fla., on Aug. 10, 2021. (Marta Lavandier/AP Photo)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that legislation he’s proposing would allow parents and teachers to sue schools and employees to sue employers who make them participate in policies or teaching involving the principles of critical race theory (CRT).

The Republican governor has already banned CRT teachings in public schools. The proposed Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (Stop WOKE) Act would be the first legislation of its kind in the nation, “going on the offense against both corporate wokeness and critical race theory in our schools,” a prepared statement from the governor’s office said.

CRT evolved from Marxist teachings of critical theory and paints most of what goes on in society as dominated by a power struggle between the race of the oppressor and that of the oppressed. It’s the theory that propels Black Lives Matter, and demonizes the country’s Founding Fathers. Woke is term used to suggest that someone has been “awakened to the fact” that people are oppressed for characteristics such as race, sex, class, or gender identity.

“Nobody wants this crap!” DeSantis said during the announcement at a recreation center in the middle of the state.

“You’re not doing that here in the State of Florida.”

His proposed Stop WOKE Act would deem critical race theory training to be an unlawful employment practice. The legislation would make clear that corporations and public sector employers violate the Florida Civil Rights Act when they subject their employees to training that espouses stereotypes based on race or sex.

It also would recognize CRT training, under the “guise of professional development,” to be a discriminatory practice in education—in K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities—and would require districts and schools to adhere to professional development frameworks “consistent with Florida’s lawful and publicly adopted state standards.

The proposed legislation “solidifies and codifies the State Board of Education’s actions into state law, to guard students against indoctrinating curriculum,” according to the governor’s office.

“The Governor’s plan is historic in that it creates a partnership between the state and parents, giving the responsibility and power to parents to help keep Florida’s schools safe for all kids,” said Jeff Childers, an attorney in Central Florida who was one of the first in the country to challenge mask and vaccine mandates.

“As a lawyer who fields calls from anxious parents all the time, I feel blessed to have such a forward-thinking governor. Solving the CRT problem is going to take all hands on deck, and that’s just what Governor DeSantis is proposing.

Under the new legislation, teachers and parents would be able to sue schools for teaching CRT, and recover attorney fees, if they prevail in the courts.

And that “will help lawyers like me stand up for parents throughout the state who otherwise couldn’t afford to take on big, well-funded, school districts,” Childers said.

But the legislation would stretch the CRT ban beyond schools and into private workplaces. It would give “employees a clearer path to a private cause of action against discrimination in the workplace.”

DeSantis left the stage by flinging baseball hats, part of his reelection merchandise, into the crowd. He recently announced his bid to keep his job as the state’s top executive. A large group of challengers, including one Republican, has registered with the state to run against him.

From The Epoch Times

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