Brandy Vance, a Leon County school teacher at J. Michael Conley Elementary School at Southwood, is not happy about the Parental Rights in Education bill and she recently took to Facebook to voice her concerns.
The Parental Rights in Education bill, which was recently signed into law, contains a provision that “prohibits a school district from encouraging classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Vance posted a 220 word explanation of her position related to issue with a picture of herself dressed in LGBTQ supportive attire on Conley Elementary school grounds.
The Facebook post is included below.
The description that accompanied the photo voices displeasure with the Parental Rights in Education bill by stating, “you think that this freaking bill is ok, march your self over to that delete button and get the heck away from me….Now.”
Vance writes, “Just because YOUR family isn’t LGBTQ doesn’t mean ALL families aren’t. Doesn’t mean kids aren’t. EVERY student and EVERY family should get to be represented to our youth. Because they EXIST. And they aren’t scary.”
TR reached out to Ms. Vance for comment, but she has not responded to our request.
Her post raises several questions.
Can teachers promote personal views on gender identity through their attire at school?
If so, if the attire promotes questions from elementary school students are the teachers allowed to give their views?
And finally, what is the LCS policy on these type of comments and actions by school employees?
Leon County School officials told TR that there are ongoing discussions related to what can be displayed in classrooms and what freedoms teachers have when addressing personal beliefs. Similar to the process related to the LGBTQ guide, policies addressing these issues should updated before the next school year.
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