“The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) last week and went into effect Saturday (July 1), requires school boards to hire an “unbiased hearing officer” who will handle complaints about instructional materials, such as movies, textbooks, and novels, that are used in local schools. Any parent or county resident can file a complaint, regardless of whether they have a student in the school system. If the hearing officer deems the challenge justified, he or she can require schools to remove the material in question.”
Florida is not the only State to suffer from assaults on their public school science curriculums.
“In Idaho, the Legislature rejected several sections of the state’s new public school science standards related to climate change – the standards committee was asked to rewrite those sections and resubmit them for approval this fall. Alabama and Indiana both adopted nonbinding resolutions on teacher’s “academic freedom,” which are generally understood as encouraging educators to “teach the controversy” around subjects like climate change.”