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Controversial teacher union president rejects Florida parent rights law

The president of the American Federation of Teachers (ATF) criticized Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, claiming it is harmful propaganda fueled by right-wing politicians that could start wars.

Randi Weingarten, whose union represents 1.7 million teachers and has garnered controversy over school closures during the pandemic and supporting classes based on Critical Race Theory, spoke out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, which bans children from the kindergarten through third grade teaching about transgender issues.

‘This is propaganda. This is misinformation,” Weingarten said during an interview on the Rick Smith podcast last week. “This is the way wars start. This is the way hate begins.’

The ATF, one of the country’s two largest teacher unions, has been an outspoken critic of Chief Executive Ron DeSantis, accusing the Republican of creating divisions in schools with the latest state anti-wake-up law.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized Florida's so-called

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill as propaganda spread by right-wing politicians that could start wars

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education Act (pictured) last month, which prohibits teaching kindergarten through third grade about transgender issues.  He has come under fire from educators, politicians and even Disney

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education Act (pictured) last month, which prohibits teaching kindergarten through third grade about transgender issues. He has come under fire from educators, politicians and even Disney

Weingarten (pictured), whose union represents 1.7 million teachers and has sparked controversy over school closures during the pandemic and supporting classes based on Critical Race Theory, said the bill would effectively put LGBTQ children

Weingarten (pictured), whose union represents 1.7 million teachers and has sparked controversy over school closures during the pandemic and supporting classes based on Critical Race Theory, said the bill would effectively put LGBTQ children “back in the closet.” .

What is the Parental Rights in Education Bill?

HB 1557 was introduced by two Republican members of the Florida legislature — Representative Joe Harding and Senator Dennis Baxley.

They say the bill’s goal is to “give parents more power” in raising their children, and to help teachers recognize the distinction between “instruction” and “discussion.”

“What we forbid is to instruct them in a specific direction,” Baxley said of how teachers direct students in a classroom.

‘Students can talk about whatever they want to bring up, but sometimes the right answer is, ‘You really should talk to your parents about that.’

The bill applies to children in kindergarten through third grade.

It states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties about sexual orientation or gender identity should not occur.”

It also requires districts to “establish procedures to notify a student’s parent if there is a change in the student’s services or supervision related to the student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being.” , something LGBTQ advocates argue could lead to students being shown to their parents without the student’s knowledge or consent.

It was passed on March 8 in a vote of 22-17. The State House approved the bill late last month. DeSantis signed it on March 28 and it will come into effect on July 1.

Weingarten said parents, educators and politicians should come together to help students recover from the effects the pandemic has had on schools.

“Instead of just doing that, these right-wing ideologues are just trying to create fear and anxiety and anger, by taking advantage of this fear that parents have,” Weingarten told Smith.

“They use politics and create intense, harmful, cruel and long-term political consequences.”

Weingarten said the bill would effectively put LGBTQ children back in the closet and teach children that transgender topics are taboo.

She previously said that while schools welcome parents to participate in their children’s education, the conversations have been taken over by a “vocal minority” who want to do more harm than good.

“We have a lot to do to help children recover and thrive this year after two years of an unprecedented pandemic,” Weingarten said. Fox news

“So instead of helping us help our children socially, academically and emotionally, these vocal minorities want to marginalize LGBTQ children, censor teachers and ban books.”

She also told Smith that Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill” and the ban on Critical Race Theory and Social Emotion Learning are unwarranted restrictions on not only teachers, but students’ learning ability.

‘We help [students] learn how to think, not what to think, and have the tools to distinguish fact from fiction,” Weingarten said.

‘That deters the bejeezus from these extremists who don’t want children to know how to think. They don’t want kids to empathize with people who might be different, but that’s how America gets better.”

The Parental Education Act, which DeSantis signed into law last month, has met opposition from educators and politicians across the country, including President Joe Biden, and has led state lawmakers to ban Disney from its special status as a self-governing territory. have stripped. on the company’s public bashing on DeSantis and the account.

Florida lawmakers voted Thursday to strip Disney of its special status as a self-governing territory as the war between DeSantis and the company continues over the bill.

Florida lawmakers voted Thursday to strip Disney of its special status as a self-governing territory as the war between DeSantis and the company continues over the bill.

In March, Disney said it would suspend political donations in the state, adding that it would in turn support organizations opposing the new law.

In March, Disney said it would suspend political donations in the state, adding that it would in turn support organizations opposing the new law.

The House approved the measure by a vote of 68-38 after the Senate supported the bill by 23-16 the day before. The legislation now goes to the DeSantis office for signature and could go into effect on June 1, 2023.

The governor previously backed the move, saying during a fundraising pitch on Wednesday: “Disney and other vigilant companies will no longer get away with their uncontrolled print campaigns.

“If we’re going to hold the Democratic machine and their corporate lapdogs accountable, we need to stand together now.”

However, some lawmakers argued that the district’s dissolution could cause significant financial hardship for nearby Orange and Osceola counties, which are home to portions of Walt Disney World and the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

The counties would take over all of Reedy Creek’s assets and liabilities on June 1, 2023, and become responsible for providing all services currently handled by the district, CNBC reported.

Currently, Disney funds the services provided by Reedy Creek, which would normally be funded by local municipalities. The company instead charges property taxes to fund its service and pays the Orange County Sheriff’s Office of Law Enforcement.

Once Reedy Creek is decommissioned, the local taxpayers and municipalities will likely be responsible for those services.

“Removing a district could transfer a $2 billion debt from Disney to taxpayers and have a huge impact on the residents of Orange and Osceola!” State Sen. Linda Stewart, who voted against the bill, tweeted Wednesday.

The House also approved a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday that repeals Disney’s major exemption from tech censorship.

Disney did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on the changes and it remains unclear whether the company will appeal, but the vote leads to a potential legal battle between the state and the entertainment giant.

President Joe Biden criticized

President Joe Biden criticized “ugly” Republicans for targeting Disney during his two fundraising campaigns on the West Coast Thursday. He previously delivered an infrastructure speech in Portland, Oregon (pictured)

On Thursday, Biden criticized “ugly” Republicans for targeting Disney, saying the GOP has been taken over by the “far right” in his speeches at two West Coast Democratic fundraisers.

“This isn’t your father’s Republican Party. This is the MAGA party,” Biden said Thursday afternoon during a fundraiser at the Portland Yacht Club co-hosted by The New Republic’s owner and editor, Win McCormack, and his wife, political adviser, Carol Butler.

“I mean, it’s ugly… Jesus, they’re going after Mickey Mouse,” Biden said.

He made similar pro-Disney comments during his second fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, headlined an affair at the lakeside home of Mary Snapp and Spencer Frazer hosted by Microsoft’s president and vice chairman Brad Smith and his wife Kathy Surace- Smith.

“There’s nothing conservative about throwing Disney out of its current stance…saying about gay?” the president mused to the crowd in Seattle.

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