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What Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Settlement Changes and What Restrictions Remain

March 19, 2024

What Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Settlement Changes and What Restrictions Remain

Ask students:Who are the key parties involved in the settlement? Why was the law challenged? Where did the discussions take place?

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Students and teachers in Florida can now discuss sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms, as long as it’s not part of formal instruction. It’s an important change after a new settlement between state education officials and civil rights attorneys who challenged the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. Both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and LGBT advocates called the settlement a major win this week.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Who are the key parties involved in the settlement?
  2. Why was the law challenged?
  3. Where did the discussions take place?
  4. When did the settlement take place?
  5. What changes have been made as a result of the settlement?
     

Focus Questions

What are the broader implications of the settlement for students across the U.S. regarding discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity?

Media literacy: How can news outlets bring more attention to stories like this?

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