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LGBTQ+ Discrimination, HB 1557/ SB 1834

What the bill does

The bill could change significantly over the course of the legislative session. Check back frequently for updates. 

  • SB 1048 (full text)/HB 1193 (full text) replace the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and replaces it with the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). 

What the bill does

  • HB 1557 (full text)/SB 1834 (full text) blocks teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues or people and undermines existing protections for LGBTQ kids in schools

Vote History

HB 1557

SB 1934

 

What’s Next

  • HB 1557 has passed both chambers and is ready to be sent to Gov. DeSantis for his signature. 

Talking Points

  • Every student deserves to learn in a safe environment where they are respected and differences are celebrated. HB 1557/SB 1834 is a step backwards because it makes schools less safe, especially for LGBTQ+ students.
  • The most important issue for the Legislature to address this session is the teacher and staff shortage. This shortage has been driven in large part by bad policy that has attacked educators’ freedom to teach. This bill furthers those attacks and will only lead to a greater exodus of professionally trained teachers. 
  • Click here for more information on HB 1557/SB 1834. 
  • John Harris Mauer, Public Policy Director for Equality Florida sums up exactly why this bill is a danger to students and educators in Florida in this clip.

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