Media Falsely Paints Florida Parental Rights in Education Law Settlement As a Loss for Ron DeSantis

2024-03-13 12:00:59

In 2022 as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was ramping up his war on woke in the public school system and higher education, Democrats and the mainstream media kicked up quite a duststorm over the Parental Rights in Education bill.

The bill, which was signed into law by DeSantis in the spring of 2022, was designed in part to prevent age-inappropriate lesson plans on sexual orientation and gender ideology in K-3 classrooms and enshrined parental rights when it comes to discussions of such sensitive subject matters with children.

At the time, the Usual Suspects on the left and the MSM wrongly dubbed the bill the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, falsely claiming that it prohibited the mere mention of the word “gay” in classroom settings. There were billboards, campaigns, and all the rest from the activist left/media falsely painting Florida to be the “Don’t Say Gay” state.

Disney even infamously got involved.

Here we are two years later, and a settlement has been reached between the DeSantis administration and LGBTQ groups and activists who filed a lawsuit over the law:

The settlement says that students and teachers are allowed to talk about sexual identity and gender orientation in public schools, as long as it is not part of formal classroom instruction.

The plaintiffs claimed victory, saying it would put an end to discrimination that resulted from ambiguities in the law, officially called the Parental Rights in Education Act.

The administration of Mr. DeSantis, a Republican, also portrayed the settlement as a major win, saying it confirmed that critics had willfully misinterpreted the law as applying more broadly than it actually did.

In their statement declaring victory, the DeSantis administration referenced how left-wing activists and the corporate media worked together to undercut the law in the court of public opinion – and failed:

Frequently carrying water for the activists, the media wrote countless stories lying about the intent, design, and application of the law. The activists carried these same lies into the courtroom—thankfully, to no avail.

Their judicial activism has failed. Today’s mutually agreed settlement ensures that the law will remain in effect and it is expected that the case will be dismissed by the Court imminently.

Though the settlement didn’t change one word of the law whatsoever, some media outlets and opinion writers at some notoriously anti-DeSantis news outlets falsely framed it as vindication for how they initially (and wrongly) portrayed the legislation:

Except… no, as explained by veteran Florida reporter Marc Caputo:

Members of the DeSantis team also had thoughts on the media’s continued attempts at mislabeling the law – and the settlement:

And never forget how some in the media at the time actually admitted they called it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill because it was better “branding”:

So to sum up, after two years of legal wrangling, the law DeSantis and parental rights advocates championed remains in effect, with the wording unchanged, and with “clarifications” soon to be sent out to public school educators.


— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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