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Blog: FLorida's Religious Expression In Public Schools law.
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 in Public Schools; Citing this act as the "Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act"; prohibiting a school 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. The law is here and known as: 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 pages, try printing these two pdf's on opposite sides of 1 page; then fold it. ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg1of2.pdf and ../2017-74FL-FreeExpressionInSchoolsPg2of2.pdf .)The text of paragraph (4)(c) says:
(c) A school district shall give a religious group access to the same school facilities for assembling as given to secular groups without discrimination based on the religious content of the group’s expression. A group that meets for prayer or other religious speech may advertise or announce its meetings in the same manner and to the same extent that a secular group may advertise or announce its meetings.The text of paragraph (6) says:
(6) The Department of Education shall develop model policy regarding a limited public forum and voluntary expression of religious viewpoints by students and school personnel in public schools pursuant to this section. The department shall publish the model policy on its website. Each district school board shall adopt and implement the department’s model policy.This web page is to Blog email correspondence to our state legislators and administrators regarding the development of a "model policy regarding a limited public forum and voluntary expression of religious viewpoints by students and school personnel". For example the citizens of Pinellas County petitioned the school board on adopting a model school board policy regarding religion which was adopted and became Section 2270, Religion in the Curriculum (See page 157 of this PDF: District Bylaws and Policies Manual (pdf) (Updated June 27, 2017) or our copy here: Religion Policy PDF.). Which I believe has resulted in a lot less fear and intimidation as to what is legal or not regarding religious expression in Pinellas County Schools.
|(outstanding) 01/04/18 Email
(#7 CEUs for Rel Exp Policy) to: The Honorable Larry
Ahern, State Rep. District 66 (Requested a reply 1/17/18)
(outstanding) 01/04/18 Email (#5 Rel Exp Model Policy status) to: Chancellor Hershel Lyons, Division of Public Schools, FL Dept. of Education. (Requested a reply 1/17/18)
01/04/18 Email (#6 CEUs for Rel Exp Policy) to: The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 24 (Requested a reply , received 01/23/18)
10/17/17 Email (#4 Comprehensive Policy) to: The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 24 (Compare, "Trump Instructs DOJ to Protect Religious Freedom" )
08/14/17 Email (#3) to: The Honorable Jeff Brandes, State Senator, Dist. 22
08/10/17 1st Email (#1 & 2) of questions sent to Religious Liberty law's author FL Senator B. Baxley. Dist. 24
06/23/17 Discovery. Sponsor of the Religious Expression Law.
10/17/17 Email (#3 Comprehensive Policy) to: The Honorable Larry Ahern, State Rep. District 66 (Compare, "Trump Instructs DOJ to Protect Religious Freedom" )
09/21/17 (hard copy letter) Regarding GTBE.org "Easter Card": a simple explanation and encouragement for students, parents and teachers to know how to legally teach about religious holidays in schools which exemplifies the need for a seminar like GTBE's Faith, Freedom and Public School Education Workshop
08/25/17 Email (#1) to: The Honorable Larry Ahern, State Representative District 66
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