Hundreds of dictionaries planned for distribution by a local Rotary club are gathering dust as the Sarasota County School District awaits guidance from Florida’s Department of Education on how to proceed in light of an education law recently signed by the Republican governor, Sarasota-Herald Tribune Reported on Friday.
All book donations and purchases in the district have been put on hold for the rest of the year because of the new law (HB 1467) Books are required Approved for suitability state certified Media Specialist, a job that does not currently exist in the district.
DeSantis, who signed such laws whatever restrict discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary school classrooms, HB 1467. where is “Education through the school system” will help stop.
Sarasota district, in which approx. 45,000 students In 62 schools south of Tampa, last week ordered all headmasters to ban new books from school media centers and classroom libraries until at least January, a district spokesman said. HuffPost Confirmed,
Gar Reese, a member of the Venice Suncoast Rotary Club, told The Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the club has been donating dictionaries to district elementary schools for nearly 15 years. The club makes about 300 donations each year with the non-profit Dictionary Project. The program has so far provided about 4,000 dictionaries.
“I would doubt that anyone, anyone, could approve a dictionary in less than a minute,” Reese told the newspaper. “Why are we going through all this trouble?”
Reese said he reached out in vain to district officials to try to resolve the issue.
“It’s really just disappointing,” Reese said. “No one wants to argue over acronyms.”
Craig Maniglia, the district’s director of communications, told the Tribune that officials are still awaiting “guidance” regarding the dictionary donation.
US District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee, in a 44-page ruling, said the act violates the First Amendment and is blatantly vague. Walker declined to issue an adjournment that would keep the law in effect during any appeals by the state.
The judge said the law, as applied to diversity, inclusion and bias training in occupations, “overturns” the First Amendment because the state is prohibiting speech by restricting discussion of particular concepts in training programs.
Two other suits are also challenging the law. One of them, a group of K-12 teachers and a student, argues that the law violates the constitutionProtection of freedom of expression, academic freedom and access to information in public schools.
It is not yet clear whether Walker’s decision could affect DeSantis’ public school restrictions.