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August 3, 2017
The Honorable Jeff Brandes
State Senator, District # 22
9800 4th Street North Suite 200
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
RE: Praise, honor and blessings to you and all of the cosponsors
for the 2017-74 Religious Expression in Public
Dear Honorable Jeff Brandes:
extremely happy that you
represented me and my district for your involvement and
support in the passage of this law. I think it was overdue;
but thankfully, now it's here and hopefully will be
comprehensive and bullet proof. I believe it will reverse a
long and bad trend of religious discrimination in our schools from
wasteful internal and external influences.
I am very
interested in the
policy development process of the DOE and would like to know more
about it. I'm not much of a lobbyist so I'll just cut
paste a short introduction of the new law and all of my questions
from the Hisways USA, Inc.'s August Newsletter into
email and hopefully receive a response in due time.
I will CC
email the legal
defenders mentioned in question 5 just in case they might be
interested or already have developed a similar policy for one of
their clients. Some
slight edits are in braces: [ ].
eNewsLetter and ...
This newsletter will describe
interesting laws that were passed by the FL legislature and became
effective July 1, 2017.
law is called
Student and School Personnel
Religious Liberties Law. This is a great
It is very important given these two items just received by
attempted to ask questions
of the law's author; but after a brief non informative email cycle
with his assistant, I realized that forthcoming info was going to
be sparse or non existent. So I'm going to itemize my
questions in a list below; perhaps email it to my District
Senator, paste it into my Blog: FL's
Religious Expression Law for
a record, and report on the results as they become available in
- ... "more and more examples of overt
anti-faith bigotry. For
example, ... lawyers were back in court defending a Christian
group from blatant anti-Christian discrimination by an Indiana
school district. The judge just issued a preliminary injunction in
our favor, but that fight is far from over."
- "And discrimination against Christians is on
Two recent studies revealed that attacks on religious liberty
have risen by 76% and 133% in just the past few years!"
Paragraph 6 [of the new law] says the FL Dept of Ed. will produce a
model policy for
all FL. school districts. My questions about the Dept of Ed
Policy development process are:
- This is the link, title and general description: Religious
Expression in Public Schools, Senate Bill 436 (2017) - The Florida
Senate - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017.
GENERAL BILL by Baxley ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Steube ; Mayfield ;
Stargel ; Campbell ; Brandes ; Broxson | Religious Expression
Public Schools; Citing this act as the "Florida Student and
School Personnel Religious Liberties Act"; prohibiting a
district from discriminating against students, parents, or school
personnel on the basis of religious viewpoints or expression;
prohibiting penalty or reward for a student’s religious expression
in coursework, artwork, or other specified assignments; requiring a
school district to comply with the federal requirements in Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, etc.
- This is the law in PDF:
See Chapter No.
2017-74 < The
complete 3 page PDF - EVERY STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD READ
IT, PRINT IT AND CARRY IT.
(If you don't want
it printed on 3 full size sheets, try printing these two pdf's on
opposite sides of 1 page. ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg1of2.pdf
and ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg2of2.pdf .
- For a chronology
of events see
Hisways': Blog: FL's
Religious Expression Law.
- How does the Dept of Ed carry out the process of
model policy per paragraph (6) of 2017-74
Expression in Public Schools Law ?
- Because this law involves freedom of expression, can
policy be made strong i.e. bullet proof? Or what will prevent
or deter law suits by antagonists from forcing a case to the US
- Will the DOE attorneys write it?
- Since the FL States Attorney will be expected to
will they be involved in [it's] development?
- Will legal law firms with massive religious
defense experience like: Alliance Defending Freedom
involved? If they aren't invited to participate would it be
appropriate for them to review and comment on the policy?
[Personally I would hope that they were out in front of this
rather than called in after it's in court.]
- Will the Senate Education Committee have a chance to
comment on the policy?
- What about including local in-school adjudication
board reviews and/or appeals for adherence to the model
- It seems appropriate to instruct teachers
administrators in the legalities of this liberty and perhaps
providing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for them to know their
boundaries. Gateways to Better Education
Faith, Freedom and Public School Education
for teachers and administrators. Texas already allows 7 CEUs
for their school personnel completing the Education Workshop.
[Can FL school personnel receive CEUs for such an important
- Will there be a public hearing(s)?
- How would, or could, the 2017-74
Expression in Public Schools Law apply to K-12.com [educators in] Florida's online
See additional References and contact information on the bottom of the Blog
152 SW Monroe Circle N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Chairman, Hisways USA, Inc.
727-521-6012 or Preferred: 727-526-4790
This acknowledgement will allow me to
know that the questions were submitted and potentially put on a ToDo
list. That way I can assume that some answers might be
; and that I will be able to check on the
status of the model policy without having to start from scratch by
re-emailing them again.
On 8/25/2017 10:51 AM,
Thompson, Vanessa wrote:
have received the email.
I do not have answers to your
questions, but I will reach out to the dept. of education to see if
they have addressed these yet. As the bill only went in to effect in
July they may not, but I will find out.
Legislative Aide to State Senator
District: (727) 563-2100
Capitol: (850) 487-5024
Jeff Brandes – District 24
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