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Florida Education Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's Florida Education Laws Center. This is your resource for Florida-specific laws on schools and education. Find information on attendance requirements and homeschooling provisions. Learn about prohibitions on prayer in public schools and restrictions on the disclosure of student records. Click on one of the links below to get started.

Introduction to Florida's Education Landscape

In the sunny state of Florida, laws about what students learn and how they learn have significantly changed. These changes tend to draw widespread attention and spark national debate. From Tallahassee to Tampa Bay, everyone from students and parents to teachers and lawmakers is talking about all the new changes.

These laws, championed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, focus on various key issues. These issues include restrictions to classroom instruction on certain topics, such as gender identity and sexual orientation. These debates also center around what history lessons can include. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislatures are leading these changes. They say these laws protect family values and individual freedom. But not everyone agrees.

New Laws and Big Debates

One of the biggest changes is the Parental Rights in Education law. Some people refer to it in the context of the Don't Say Gay law. This law prevents teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in K-12 education until high school. Even then, all instructional materials must be “age-appropriate." The Florida Department of Education, which makes rules for schools, and the State Board of Education, which approves these rules, both support the law. This law became effective in 2022 under Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Another hot topic is the book banning allowed in schools. Some new laws try to remove books discussing LGBTQ topics, certain views on race, or other topics the law sees as unsuitable for children. There's also a big debate about the pronouns used to refer to someone. Some new rules require teachers to get permission from parents to use pronouns that match a student's gender identity if it's different from their sex at birth.

Florida Curriculum at a Glance

Florida's curriculum is guided by recent education laws. These laws focus on a framework prioritizing traditional academic subjects. This may include specific guidelines on the discussion of social and cultural topics. In line with directives from the Florida Department of Education and the support of the State Board of Education, the curriculum across K-12 education emphasizes certain subjects. These subjects include English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. But it now includes distinct limitations on gender identity, sexual orientation, and other aspects of history.

Getting Legal Help With Florida Education Laws

Navigating the complex world of education law in Florida can be challenging. This is especially true when dealing with specific issues like homeschooling regulations or special education rights. Lawyers can help. Lawyers with experience in education law in Florida can be incredibly beneficial.

Whether you live in Miami or Pinellas County, you can find an experienced attorney in your area who can help. These experts can help you understand your rights and obligations. They can represent you in disputes and help you in having your child receive the best education possible according to state laws and regulations.

Consult with an education law attorney in Florida today.

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