Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has put forth a proposal to ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and so-called “gender identity” in grades 4 through 12, according to a report from The Associated Press.
The measure would apply unless required by existing state standards or as part of reproductive health instruction that students can choose not to take.
The proposal would not require legislative approval and is scheduled for a vote next month before the state Board of Education.
Both the state Education Department and the Board of Education are led by appointees of the governor.
This latest measure follows a law championed by DeSantis last year that prohibited instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third grade. Critics inaccurately refer to that law as the “don’t say gay” bill.
On Monday, Gov. DeSantis announced legislation to prevent the Biden administration’s creation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
The proposal prohibits the use of a federally adopted Central Bank Digital Currency as money within Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and protects against a central global currency by prohibiting any CBDC issued by a foreign reserve or foreign-sanctioned central ban, according to a press release.
“The Biden administration’s efforts to inject a Centralized Bank Digital Currency is about surveillance and control,” DeSantis commented. “Today’s announcement will protect Florida consumers and businesses from the reckless adoption of a ‘centralized digital dollar’ which will stifle innovation and promote government-sanctioned surveillance.”
“Florida will not side with economic central planners; we will not adopt policies that threaten personal economic freedom and security,” the Florida governor went on to say.